salt lake city greek festival spit roast

For nearly four decades, SLC’s Greek Festival has led many a foodie to cry “Opa!”. This year, the festival’s 38th year to be precise, should be no different. Running September 5th through September 8th the festival offers a delicious array of Greek Cuisine, offering up far more than common staples like gyro, souvlaki and baklava (although you can get those too!). Check out just a few of the great dishes on offer this year:

Dolmathes – grapevine leaves stuffed with rice and vegetables, meat is also often included.

Fasolakia – fresh green beans in tomato sauce.

Keftedes – baked meatballs with oregano and mint and tomato sauce

Pastitsio – a baked pasta dish with a filling of ground meat and a béchamel sauce top.

Stifado – beef stew with pearl onions, vinegar, red wine and cinnamon.

Spanakopita – spinach, feta cheese (sometimes in combination with ricotta cheese), onions or spring onions, egg and seasoning wrapped in phyllo pastry.

Loukoumades – similar to donuts or scones, loukoumades are fried balls of dough coated with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon.

Loukaniko – a greek pork sausage flavored with fennel seeds and orange peel.

Lamb Roasted On A Spit – a greek favorite. seasoned with garlic, oregano, lemon and oil and barbecued on a rotating spit over coals.

Tyropita – cheese triangle wrapped and baked in a flaky phyllo pastry.

Melomakarona – cookies soaked in syrup of diluted honey, then sprinkled with crushed walnuts.

Kourambiedes – cookies, butter and crushed roasted almonds, then generously dusted with powdered sugar.

Kataifi – a sweet made of very fine vermicelli-like pastry. it is sometimes known as shredded phyllo.

Pasta Flora – tarts with fresh fruit jam. can be made in all sizes.

Galotopita – custard pudding baked in a flakey phyllo pastery. this sweet galatopita greek custard leaves a wonderful taste in your mouth.

Amigdalota – almond cookies, flavored with nutmeg and sprinkled with nuts.

Poutika – a moist cake made with cinnamon, wafer crumbs, chopped walnuts, coconut and topped with orange flavored syrup.

Flogeres – walnuts, butter and spices baked in a flaky phyllo pastery topped with chocolate syrup.

Of course there’s much more than just food (check the website link below) and admission is a mere $3 (food extra). Full festival hours:

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