Sunday, February 19, 2017

It's That Time Again...OPA!

The Greek Food Festival was this weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  We had a couple of other things going on, so we decided to go on Sunday.  The weather was good, warm and dry, which was nice after showers yesterday.

We really just go for the food!  They did have entertainment under a big tent but we didn't get there in a timely fashion to get a seat, or even stand close enough to see the dancing.  We were able to enjoy the music, tho while we ate our lunch.

We both ordered the Greek Salad, which is so silly because it's just lettuce, tomatoes, olives, onion, feta cheese and dressing but it's always soooooo good!  We each got a piece of Spanakopita, a spinach pie, which we really enjoy.  The pieces were a really good size and worth the $5.  When we go to the festival in Portland, the pieces are about half the size.  
We did a little window shopping among the vendors and actually bought something this year...a Christmas's a Greek Evil Eye, which is supposed to be a good luck charm.  Makes no sense to me.

"Attempts to ward off the curse of the evil eye has resulted in a number of talismans in many cultures.  Talisman means that they turn away or turn back harm."
Most of them are shaped in a circle but we liked this one because it was a little different.  Never hurts to have some good luck ;o)

We were trying to kill time because we enjoy the church tour/talk given by the Priest, who is from Ireland and has a wonder accent.  However, the only tour was at 3:00 and we still had an hour to kill so we decided to get our desserts and leave.  HA!  Never go to the Greek Food Festival on Sunday afternoon!  My favorite Greek cookies (kourabiedes) were SOLD OUT and they sold the last two of my second choice to a person right in front of me!  UGH!  The nice woman filling orders told me "the walnut cake is really very good".  Thanks but no thanks, I really wanted cookies!  Bill bought some baklava for our friends from Kennebunk that we see monthly and some kind of chocolate cake, which was delicious.

"Kourabiedes are special Greek Christmas cookies made with butter and almonds and dusted with powdered sugar."  Next to the spanakopita, they are the only reason I like to go.
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The other ones are called Amygdalota.  They are "delicate Greek almond cookies that are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside."  Not my favorites but a good replacement.

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