Fearless Foodie:

Greekfest, Greek Food, Starts Sept. 20!

Thirty four years they've been having this Greekfest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, and it's a rare chance to sample Greek goodies in this area. I usually stock up on tahini and cheese and olives while I'm there, too. If you're just going to try one food, I'd recommend the pastichio: it involves fresh pasta, ground meat, a few spices and this bechamel sauce to die for. I read the recipe once and the steps involved made me dizzy. Another thing that's nice is a tour through the sanctuary, where non church members are also welcome to light candles. 

Here's the scoop on the festival:
Join us for our

34th Annual Greek Fest

September 20, 21 & 22, 2013
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

at

Saint George Greek Orthodox Church
4070 Kingston Pike

. Authentic Greek Food .
. Delicious Greek Pastries .
. Live Music .
. Traditional Greek Dancing .

photo courtesy St. George Greek Orthodox/Knoxville
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And just in case you're in the mood for a little Greek cooking yourself, I dug up a 2009 Greekfest article by Mary Constantine over at the News-Sentinel. 

It includes this recipe for 

Zimaropita--Zucchini corn bread

10 small zucchini squash

1/2 pound of butter

1/2 pound margarine

2 cups cornmeal mix (White Lily or Ballards)

3/4 cup feta cheese

2 pounds cottage cheese

8 eggs, beaten

1 cup buttermilk

Topping:

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup buttermilk

Peel and grate zucchini. Sprinkle with salt and let stand for 20 minutes. Press out moisture. Should yield about 6 cups. Melt butter and margarine together and put aside 1/2 cup for later use. Add eggs, cornmeal mix, feta cheese, cottage cheese and buttermilk. Salt to taste. (Keep in mind that feta is salty). Pour mixture into a greased 12-by-18-inch pan and drizzle reserved butter over top. Mix topping ingredients and pour over batter. Bake in 400 degree oven for 30 minutes or until golden. Yield: 12 entree or 24 side-dish servings.

Note: Recipe can be cut in half and prepared in greased 9-by-13-inch casserole dish.

Source: A Collection of Recipes by Saints Mary and Martha Philoptochos Society, St. George Greek Orthodox Church.

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Rose Kennedy covers the Knoxville foodie scene with small discoveries, new openings, rumors, and tastings.