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Tag: Tacoma Greek Festival 2013

Oct.
4th

Live dining report: Tacoma Greek Festival


A Kataifi roll, which is something similar to baklava, just made with shredded phyllo dough, walnuts and a honey syrup. It’s one of a dozen or so pastries for sale at the St. Nicholas Greek Festival.

It never fails that I depart the St. Nicholas Greek Festival stuffed and reeking of Greek. It’s a Tacoma tradition now in its 52nd year. Tough gig I have here as the paper’s hired belly, right?

Diners who stopped by Friday for the opening of the three-day festival were met with a heavy waft of garlic and an army of volunteers who made quick service of the lines. The tent was erected this week to help the church hold around 9,000 eaters expected this weekend. Read more »

Oct.
3rd

Weekend of feasting: Greek Festival in Tacoma and Oktoberfest Northwest in Puyallup

Groups of church volunteers gather weeks in advance to prepare items like dolmades, grape leaves stuffed with beef, rice and mint. They'll be served at this weekend's Greek festival at St. Nicholas Church in Tacoma. File art 2011. Peter Haley / Staff photographer
Groups of church volunteers gather weeks in advance to prepare items like dolmades, grape leaves stuffed with beef, rice and mint. They’ll be served at this weekend’s Greek festival at St. Nicholas Church in Tacoma. File art 2011. Peter Haley / Staff photographer

The first week in October brings a true struggle for a hired belly in the South Sound.

Schnitzel first? Or gyros and souvlaki?

Can I really stuff my face full of bratwurst, pickle soup, potato pancakes, souvlaki, gyros, baklava, calamari, skordalia sauce and Greek coffee – deep breath – all in a single afternoon? And live to write about it?

You bet I can. And I do. Every year. Because the volunteer-run Greek Festival in Tacoma and the ode to German eats and brew at Oktoberfest Northwest in Puyallup are what I consider the region’s finest food festivals. I’ll have live coverage of both right here on the good ol’ world famous TNT Diner blog.

That both food festivals are the same weekend gives me grief because they both deserve your attendance, but if I only had time or money to go to one, I’d stick with the Greek Festival. Because, well, baklava.

Read below for summaries of both festivals, held Friday through Sunday.

And here’s one more for your calendar: On Oct. 20, the Sons of Norway will have their lutefisk dinner and bake sale. See below for details. Read more »