Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Valley Greek Festival

Calamari Rings from Greek Festival

I hope you all had a good long weekend. Mine was a great mix of relaxing AND partying. Friday night out dancing was super fun, but left me motionless the next day so it was nice to get out on Sunday afternoon to attend the Valley Greek Festival. We're coming up on the two year anniversary of our trip and our friends' amazing wedding. Last year we celebrated with a Greek potluck, but this year we decided to check out the festival. I have to admit, I think we were all a little apprehensive at first. None of us really get out to Northridge very often and we hadn't really cemented down the plans. Eventually we all agreed to meet at 5 and see what the festival was all about.

Gyro from Greek Fest

The first thing we noticed when walking in was many booths serving up popular Greek dishes. The lines however, were a bit of a turn off. After watching a bit of a cooking demonstration where we learned how to stuff and roll grape leaves, we decided that we couldn't wait any longer to eat. On our way to grab food, we noticed the line for booze was pretty short so we started off with some Greek wine. Most of us went with calamari rings and gyros. Both were excellent. To the side of the calamari station, they had bottles of Cavender's seasoning which we all ended up buying some of later on. The calamari was perfectly cooked and nice and crispy on the outside. The gyro meat was amazingly seasoned and the soft, warm pitas were fantastic. I felt like I was back on the streets of Mykonos after eating one. Later we made our way to one of the vendors selling Greek pastries. Chris and I shared the chocolate baklava and Galatoboureko which was described as sweet custard between layers of pastry and topped with a light syrup. It was good, but the chocolate baklava with it's flaky layers and crunchy nuts was definitely the stand out.

Greek Desserts

After all that food and wine, we decided to burn some calories on the dance floor. There were live musicians playing and people were really getting into it. It was such a fun afternoon and evening, I love celebrating with these people so much and I am excited to see how we end up spending the occasion next year!

Chocolate Baklava


As I mentioned, we all ended up buying some of the Cavender's seasoning. Yesterday, I used some in scrambled eggs and it kicked my eggs up so much, I may use it all the time.


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15 comments:

Maria said...

Looks like good food and fun!

ttfn300 said...

MMmm, gotta love gyros and baklava! sounds like fun :)

duodishes said...

Despite the love for baklava, we didn't make it this year. Sounded like mucho fun though.

Diana said...

I actually randomly ended up at a Greek party at Foxtail on Sunday night! Unfortunately, no yummy gyros or calamari in sight, but definitely a good time! :)

Erica said...

Wow! Great food- what a fun festival. Josh LOVES Cavender's but it has MSG in it :(

Esi said...

Hey, thanks for coming by.

Diana, that's so random, but sounds like fun.

Erica, the salt free version of Cavender's has no MSG!

Hayley said...

Looks like you had an awesome time, and what great food!

Dawn said...

I love those types of festivals. I skip breakfast so I'm really hungry. But yeah, the lines are always a killer.
I would have asked for extra tazatki sauce!! or however you friggin spell it

Mary said...

It sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate a holiday. The food looks terrific. Have a great day.

Heather said...

oh my gosh. i want those onion rings. i am so jealous! yum!

Kevin said...

That is some nice looking Greek food!

Helene said...

Can't resist the baklava and all that fun. Yum.

Sara said...

Yum! I love Greek food.

Reeni♥ said...

Chocolate baklava - how divine! Everything looks so yummy, what fun!

Foodycat said...

Galaktoboureko is one of my favourite, favourite desserts! Lucky you!