Thursday, August 29, 2013

Get Your Glendi On: It's Time For Greek Fest Again

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 5:54 AM

  • Diples
September is going to be a really busy month around Nashville. But be sure to go ahead and mark your calendar for next weekend's (Sept. 6-8) Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church.

As I told you last year, Greek Fest is one of my favorite annual events. I love Greek food, and the music, dancing and kids' activities are just a special bonus. In past years, I’ve advised folks to go early on Friday to ensure that you get the best selection of pastries. But this year, you can pre-order your favorites. Even better, their website has photos of most of the baked goods (and other food available) to make pre-ordering easier.

  • Spanakopita
My favorites include the amglydota (almond crescents), kourambiethes (almond cookies with powdered sugar), and kataiffi ("shredded wheat" baklava, which is a little easier to eat than regular baklava because it’s easier to bite into). Of course, I also love the tiropita (cheese pie) and spanakopita (spinach pie).

While at the festival, though, do NOT miss out on the loukoumades (fried dough puffs drenched in honey). Kids love them, too. But be prepared to be sticky and have a righteous buzz, particularly if paired with a strong Greek coffee. You might want to start with lunch and dinner or dinner on site first.

Much-needed water will be available for sale, but you can bring your own (check out the admission rules here). Don't forget to bring some cash, too.

There’s also plenty to do besides eat. Lots of free music and dancing, plus activities for the kids (previous years’ entertainment has included a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, and bounce houses for additional fees). And the church’s playground will be open for kids to play. Additionally, there will be vendors selling Greek-inspired jewelry, clothing, and gifts as well as tours of the church.

  • Moussaka
Proceeds from the event benefit the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church.

Nashville Greek Festival
10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
4905 Franklin Pike

Admission: $2 (includes readmission all weekend)
Free admission for children 12 and under and all military, police, and fire personnel (with ID)
Parking, onsite and via shuttle: free

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