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.
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
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
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.