The long wait is finally over --- Greek Fest is here! For over 60 years, Savannah has been the home of St. Paul’s Greek Festival. With a long standing tradition of bringing all things Greek to the Victorian district. 

This weekend (Thursday through Saturday) the event will sell thousands of desserts and tons of other Greek goodies!

I got to head over there yesterday and we sampled the gyro (amazing -- why would I be surprised at how authentic it tasted?!) and also the sampler plate which was loaded with Spanakopita, Dolmada, Meat Balls, and came with a Greek salad and a roll. (The Dinner version is also served with rice pilaf.)

Everything we tasted was really, really tasty, though the gyro definitely topped our list. 

They also offer tons of pastries. Because some of these items were new to us, we got one of everything. And I am SO glad we did! Throughout the day we kept going back to our pastry package. 

They were all very tasty though if you are only looking for one or two treats to try, here is my take on the pastries:

Baklava -- Traditional in flavor, flakey layers of filo with spices and pecans

Chocolate Walnut Triangles -- in the Baklava-style, but with chocolate and walnuts instead

Kataife -- A different looking treat, with a Baklava-filling but with shredded filo encompassing the deliciousness -- Tied for my favorite!

Pecan Queens - This was the sweetest of the treats but soooo yummy. It's a little filo basket with pecans and a sweet honey-syrup that reminded me of Maple syrup. A truly decadent treat.

Kourabiedes -- a butter cookie with powdered sugar. I imagine this would be divine with one of their coffees.

Koulourakia -- Another treat that would go well with coffee. I really enjoyed the simple pastry because it was not too sweet but it really was a great texture. Tied for my favorite!

There are LOTS of options at the Greek fest. Their little grocery store (Bakaliko) has a ton of Greek olives, oils, cheeses, and more. And the Market Place (Agora) had some fun items, too. There were some really pretty belly dancing-style outfits that I had my eye on.

There were lots of musical performances and dance troupes scheduled, too. Fun for the whole family, or for a lunch break. Just get their early so you don't miss out on the food! 

Top Shelf: Gyro

As much as I LOVED the combination plate, the Gyro is good enough to get me to sneak back over to the festival before it ends. 

connect: Greek Fest 2012
location: 14 West Anderson Street, Savannah (Victorian District)
Hours: Thursday - Saturday, 11 AM - 9PM

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