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37th Annual Utah Greek Festival 2012

My middle daughter is a foodie. All I have to do is mention food and she is right there (by the way, kids cooking classes are on the top of my list of parenting tips – they have paid off a hundred times over). Every year it seems as if I miss the Greek Festival. Did I say that Greek food is my favorite? Well this year I made sure that I didn’t miss a thing.

The SLC Greek Festival is in its 37th year. All the happenings go on at the Greek Orthodox church located at 279 South 300 West in SLC. They estimate that they get around 50,000 people during the 4 day festival.  It is the church’s largest fundraiser, with a $3 admission for adults. All proceeds benefit the community to assist in funding maintenance and improvements on the church, along with the many ministries, services and activities.

Now let me tell you about the FOOD!!! From the spit roasted lamb to the souvlaki (which is my personal favorite), everything was delicious. I got a picture of my oldest daughter eating a gyro, but she wouldn’t let me post it. They did an excellent job of getting hundreds and hundreds of people through the line quickly. Prices were very modest with a stick of souvlaki at $3.00, dolmathes 3 for $3.75. I tried a spanakopitakia ($3.00) for the first time. This is spinach, geta cheese, onion and egg wrapped in phyllo dough.

You wait in line and go through the food area buffet style, picking out whatever you like and then proceed to a central check out. There are tables set up under a huge tent for you to sit and enjoy your food and watch the various entertainment (greek dancing).

Then we moved onto the desserts. I had to have some baklava, which is my all time fav. We had galatopita (greek custard), melomakarona (cookies soaked in diulted honey then topped with fresh almonds. We alsp tried kataifi – a sweet made of very fine vermicelli like pastry that has a baklava type concoction below. There was a hint of lemon in this pastry that baklava doesn’t have. All in all the food was terrific, and I can’t wait to go back next year. We failed to make it to the tour of the church because we already had our container of pastries and we didn’t want to take food through the church (and I had to have my baklava fix).

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