Opa Houston! The 46th Annual Greek Fest

My co-worker and friend John and I had planned on going to the 46th annual Greek Fest at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Houston on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. Our plan was to take advantage of their free shuttle service from Lamar High School to the festival grounds. We arrived at the school, along with hundreds of other people, at 11 a.m. and expected to hop on a shuttle and go feast on delicious Greek delicacies. Two-and-a-half hours and multiple 10 minute promises later, shuttles began to arrive to pick up the sunburned, cranky and hungry crowds of people. Our Greek Fest experience was not off to a good start, but they gave us free admission and bottles of water once we arrived at the fest.

It’s a good thing the food at the Greek Fest was AMAZING or the day would have been a total bust. We decided to split up, get a little bit of everything and share our take.

We had a dinner plate, which included pastitsio (pas TEET see oh – baked macaroni with beef filling and Romano cheese topped with bechamel sauce); tiropita (tee ROH pee tah – triangular-shaped cheese-filled puff pastry); spanakopita (spa nah KOH pee tah – spinach and Feta cheese rolled in filo); keftedes (kef TE thez – Greek meat balls with fresh mint); and salata (traditional Greek salad with seasonings, vinegar, olive oil, and Feta cheese, garnished with olives, tomatoes, and a salad pepper). We also had Dolmades, which are stuffed grape leaves, and Souvlaki, seasoned and marinated tenderloin cubes with onions, prepared over burning coals.

After taking a tour of the church and making our way through the throngs of people in the gift shop, we stopped and got dessert. We had Never-on-Sundae, vanilla ice cream, topped with baklava sprinkles, Baklava, nuts, butter & spices in layers of filo pastry, topped with honey syrup, Kourambiedes, all-butter cookies with toasted almonds, topped with powered sugar and Finikia, sweet honey cookie with various spices, topped with nuts.

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