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Greek festival: Gyros, souvlaki, calamari and delicious pastries all weekend

Church members have cooked all week so you don’t have to. The 51st annual Greek festival is Friday through Sunday at St. Nicholas Church in Tacoma. On the menu is gyros, souvlaki, dolmathes, baklava and countless other pastries you can’t pronounce, but will enjoy immensely.


Go Greek: Dining around the tent at the Tacoma Greek Festival

Pork souvlaki is marinated, coated in oregano and grilled.

It’s a tough gig I have here – getting paid to go eat Greek food at the St. Nicholas Church’s Greek food festival. It’s one of the best eat-around festivals in the region. Much of the food is made by an army of church volunteers. My favorites? Always the dolmades, stuffed grape leaves, and the tiropites, feta cheese turnovers, and anything found in the pastry display case. Today I found a few new favorites – ouzo cake and galaktoboureko. Click “read more” to see what I ate. Also, please comment and tell other readers what you feasted on at the festival. What’d you think? Read more »


Nap time: We stuffed ourselves silly at the Tacoma Greek Festival. What did you eat?

Loukoumathes are deep-fried puffs of dough, dusted with cinnamon and served with honey syrup.

Why have I never tried the loukoumades?

A dining partner brought back a tray to our table earlier today at the 48th annual St. Nicholas Greek festival, and I eyed them curiously (which is code for “I wanted to pounce on them”). Golden puffs of dough, dusted with cinnamon, sitting in a pool of honey syrup. One bite of the crusty puffs earned loukoumades (also spelled loukoumathes) a spot on my must-eat list for every Greek festival from this point forward. Loukoumades. Make a note of them. You won’t regret it. They’re $3 at the booth over by the souvlaki.

What else did we eat at the 48th annual St. Nicholas Greek Festival? Click “more” to see. Read more »


Greek it up: The 48th annual Greek Festival at St. Nicholas starts Friday

Pouring syrup over trays of hot baklava, Yvonne Brandvold, right, Diane Pirotis and Sophie Najmudar, wife of Father Seraphain Najmudar, prepare last Friday, Sept. 24, for the annual Greek Festival at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photo by DREW PERINE/Staff photographer)

If anyone knows how to throw a big Greek feast, it’s the parish members and volunteers at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Tacoma.

For 48 years, church volunteers have thrown a Greek festival that has introduced countless Tacomans to baklava, gyros, melomakarona, koulourakia, paximadia and countless other dishes that many find unpronounceable but utterly delicious.

The 2010 festival starts Friday Oct. 1 and continues through Sunday Oct. 3.

The food? Homemade by an army of volunteers.

Rewind to August when myriad volunteers began hand rolling nearly 5,000 dolmathes, grape leaves stuffed with rice and seasoned ground beef.
In the following weeks, volunteers mixed the dough for 500 loaves of tsoureki , a Greek sweet bread, and next they made more than 4,000 tyropitakia, a flaky cheese-filled pie. Read more »


Greek on the move: Johnnie’s Greek Cafe moves to another Lakewood location and changes its name

Moussaka at the Greek Cafe is a casserole of garlic perfumed eggplant, seasoned ground beef and topped with bechamel.

The 48th annual Greek Festival begins Friday at Tacoma’s St. Nicholas church, but I couldn’t wait to reek of Greek. And neither should you.

Before, during or after the annual Greek food festival this weekend, get your fill of moussaka and gyros at two South Sound Greek restaurants that are on the move: It’s Greek To Me and the Greek Café. Read more »


Dining around the Tacoma Greek Festival

Fried calamari rings with scordalia sauce were a popular item at the 47th annual Greek Festival, held this weekend at St. Nicholas church.
Fried calamari rings with scordalia sauce were a popular item at the 47th annual Greek Festival, held this weekend at St. Nicholas church.

TNT staffers have returned to the newsroom reeking of Greek.
It was a challenge, but we woofed down double orders of calamari with scordalia dip, gyros, souvlakia, Greek fries, dolmathes and tiropites. Oh, and don’t forget the pastries and Greek coffee.
There are a few ways to eat around the The 47th annual Greek Festival at St. Nicholas Church. Click “more” for our insider tips on navigating the food festival.

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