- KAT ROBINSON
- FOUR-PACK OF GOODNESS: $6 for these Greek pastries
Last year somewhere between 18,000 and 20,000 people came out to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church to eat, dance, party, learn, eat, shop, listen, eat and eat. The largest festival of its sort in the state, it’s in its 27th year and still busy busy busy,. And it’s still free.
There, Pete was cooking up batches of spanikopita. The spinach-filled pastry is available in a couple of different ways — baked like a casserole, in long pastry rolls or in small appetizer-sized triangles. He sprinkled a little water over the tops of the pastries before putting them in the oven.
You have to have a large amount of food prepared for the festival. I went out and talked with Tina Alley, who knows all about what’s going on at this year’s festival. She crunched some numbers on the festival for me. Want to know how much food is really served out there each year? Try a whole ton of chicken. 2100 pounds of potatoes. 1100 pounds of lamb. 38,500 pieces of pastry. And still it may not be enough. Last year the pastries ran out on Saturday night. The horror! There are more this year, but every single year the festival grows more.
I could talk for hours about this, but wanted to bring you this look early this morning. For you vegetarians out there — you need to check out the Jerusalem Café. It’s all meatless fare — hummus in pita, falafel, tabouleh salad. This year there are also new dishes being offered — Mezethes, or “small plates,” with calamari or Greek sausage served up with olives and Feta. Oh, yum. Just $5.
And it's all for charity. How cool is that?
Anyway, lots more information over at the festival website. I’ll see you there.