The Greek Food Festival of Dallas: An Unsung Fest That Should Be On Hungry People's Radars

While most everyone I talked to had a blast at Oktoberfest, there were a few bitter beer faces. The complaints are always the same for event's like these centering on cost, supply of food (HOW CAN THEY RUN OUT OF SCHNITZEL AT A GERMAN FEST!?) and lines.

Getting to events like these early (within an hour of opening), and getting a few drinks in, is one way to manage the lines. By the time any one stand is in danger of running out of anything, I'm usually three sheets and trying to hail a cab to Taco Bell. It works out nicely.

This will be my strategy for the 55th annual Greek Food Festival of Dallas, an event championed by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church that should really be on your docket this weekend. Those Grecians don't practice the best economic policies, but let me tell you this: they know how to party.

While Constantine Maroulis may not get much playtime in that iPod of yours (because he's not great), he's significantly more upbeat than an oompa band. Perhaps with a little beer he'll really let loose. There will also be traditional music and dancing before sir Constantine unleashes his hair (another reason to get there early), but I'm really there for the food. Greek Sausage (or Loukaniko), chicken souvlaki, and Pork souvlaki tzatziki sauce and warm pita bread, gyro, dolmas, spanakopita and tiropita, are all listed on the website.

Please tell me they plan on roasting delicious little lambs.

"No, we're not roasting lambs unfortunately," Mary Carter told me today. A shame. What about those little fried dough balls? "Loukoumathes? Our festival has some of the best," she said, describing the deep fried honey drizzled delights.

I'm disappointed in the lack of roast lamb, and additionally ouzo, but there will be plenty of beer and wine available to fuel up your plate smashing, opa-yelling good times. The festival goes down at 13555 Hillcrest Road and can be attended during the following hours. Get there early and get your Greek on.

Friday, September 23, 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 24, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 25, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information check out their website here.

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The loukoumathes were SO good! We took some with us, being too full to eat them there. After a couple of hours in a styrofoam container in the car, they were still crunchy. Wish I had bought more!

Red Rockin
Red Rockin

Constantine doesn't get much ipod play because he's an Indie artist who has been a little busy earning kudos and a Tony nomination on Broadway for the last 3 years and has yet to put out a sophomore album. He's definitely a great talent and very entertaining.I do agree about the loukoumathes, though- talk about your guilty pleasures.. wow!


Scott: Aside from the topic at hand, I appreciate/get it/enjoy every sentence you write.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

When my dad was on the DPD, he used to work extra security every year, he would always bring us home dolmas and bakalava, which got me hooked on greek food, something I still love to this day..This place is better than Oktoberfest IMHO, as you can taste the love in the food :)

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