Thursday, October 7, 2010

Scenes From Atlanta Greek Festival 2010

The baklava sundae, one of the popular treats at the Atlanta Greek Festival

We were blessed with picture perfect weather along with some fun "foodie" events around town this past weekend.  There was the first ever Battle of the Burgers on Saturday and the Field of Greens festival (a celebration of locally grown organic and sustainable produce) at Whippoorwill Hollow Farm in Walnut Grove (Savory Exposure has some great shots from the event here).  Being the cheeseburger fanatic that I am, I had planned to attend Battle of the Burgers but my work schedule forced me to miss out.  I'd forgotten that Field of Greens was scheduled for this past Sunday (I hate that I missed it!), but I was not going to let this weekend go by without getting into something.  With that in mind, I headed out to attend the final day of the Atlanta Greek Festival.

It was a fun afternoon full of great music, great live entertainment and (of course) great food.  I enjoyed hanging out with fellow festival goers at the "sports taverna" set-up,  where we were able to catch up with the Falcons and Braves games simultaneously.  But let's get back to the grub-I mean, that was the main attraction as far as I'm concerned.  A friendly lady at the concession ticket booth urged me to try the Greek potatoes and the lamb sandwich.   Since I'd had lamb earlier in the week (more on that in an upcoming post), I decided to pass on the sandwich but I did heed her advice and tried the potatoes:  deep fried wedges tossed in lemon juice, herbs and spices and served with tzatziki sauce.  I'm glad I listened to her because these were very good!  However, by the time I polished them off I was too full to partake in any more festival treats.  I wound up taking home the rest of my Greek goodies: souvlaki (juicy grilled marinated pork) and a mezze sampler which included loukaniko (sausage), tiropita (cheese pie), spanakopita (spinach & cheese pie), kalamata olives and feta cheese.  I couldn't leave a Greek fest without taking home some sweets, so I picked up baklava and melomacarona (a delicious crumbly spiced cookie soaked in honey syrup).

All in all, it was a great way to spend a beautiful fall afternoon.  I don't know why it took me so long to check this festival out, but I'm already looking forward to next year. 

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