Thursday, May 7, 2015
4 New Foods to Try at the Greek Food Festival.
This time around, though, there are four new foods you should try. I was one of a few lucky folks who got to go to the church Wednesday night and see what's in store for this year. Here's a preview.
If you want to try saganaki, you'll want to get out there Friday. Just 800 pounds of the kassari have been brought in... it'll never be enough for me... er, for cheese lovers. I think Steve Shuler of Little Rock Foodcast agrees with me on this one.
My thoughts? Wow. The dough is barely sweet at all, but the honey is really sweet, so you get a balance. When they're hot, it's hard not to gobble everything up. When they cool, they aren't quite as good but chances are, you won't have the chance to try them cold. They'll go quick. A nice new addition to the fare.
3. Za'atar Pizza. This is a leavened flatbread that's been dolloped with a pesto-like substance (za'atar) that includes dried oregano, sumac, sesame seeds and other herbs in an olive oil base. It's very simple.
What did I think? Tasty. I could make a meal of these. The chicken is succulent and I could see Hunter digging it. Just be careful - they are extra juicy inside.
event website. It's free to the public. Also, my advice is to get your pastries early... though there will be 25,000 individual pieces of baklava, sourota and those delectable wedding cookies, there are never any left over at the end of the event.
One more thing -- do remember that the Greek Food Festival is, as far as I know, the only Arkansas food festival with its very own drive-thru! So really, even if you don't have time to enjoy the dancing, activities and excellent shopping, you can still have your Greek fix.