26th Annual Honolulu Greek Festival

Fasulatha Salata: Imported Cannilini White Beans, Herbs, Tomato, Olive Oil & Lemon Juice. Served with Sliced Pita Bread.

The 26th Annual Greek Festival was held this past weekend, August 26 and 27, 2006 at Ala Moana Beach Park McCoy Pavillion. It’s sponsored by Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Pacific.

As with any cultural event, there’s was a wonderful assortment of food to enjoy. There was also a variety of imported goods from Greece for sale such as clothes and accessories, jewelry, packaged grocery items and religious novelties to name a few.
Folks were entertained with live music and dance, as well as the Tavernas beverage and spirits tents.

Following is a glance of the food offered at various booths….

Baklava Gift Box

Mixed Pastry Box: Baklava Kourabietes, Melomakarona, Ravani, St. Constantine-Helen Baklava

Souvlaki: Grilled Pork Skewer marinated with Greek Herbs and Spices. Served with warm Pita Bread.

Humus (not Greek): Garbonzo Puree with Tahini & Spices. Served with Sliced Pita Bread.

Tzatziki: Sacked Home-made Yogurt, Cucumbers, Garlic, Olive Oil and Herbs. Served with Sliced Pita Bread.

Greek Salad: Mixed Greens, Tomatoes, Onions, Greek Olives, Feta Cheese & Greek Dressing.

Greek Pasta Salad: Penne Pasta, Brocolli, Olives, Red/Green Peppers and Greek Dressing.

Dolmathes (Stuffed Grape Leaves), served with Tzatziki Sauce & Pita Bread.

We had a plate of Dolmathes, Tzakiki (with Pita Bread) and Spiced Greek Pork Kabobs.

Tzatziki is a wonderfully refreshing sauce, with it’s cool contrast of yogurt and cucumber along with the hearty pita bread. It’s a healthful and rejuvinating appetizer.

The Dolmathes has an intresting contrast of tang from the grape leaves wrapper, and a mildly spicey rice-based filling. The combination of this, along with the Tzatziki and Pita Bread sends your taste buds and senses in all directions. I really love it!

The Souvlaki was served piping hot straight off the grill. For Pork, it was surprisingly moist and tender. I couldn’t pinpoint the spices on it, but certainly was unique. I basically pulled a piece off the stick, wrapped it in a torn piece of the toasted pita bread and socked it down. Ono!

Festival Revelers enjoy dancing together to live Greek Music.

We also enjoyed several rounds of Hillas Greek Lager (beer). It’s rather smooth and crisp and worked well with our food. Live Greek music rounded out the experience, bringing us that much closer to feeling we were right on the streets of Athens.

It was a moderate crowd on the Saturday afternoon that we were there. This was the third consecutive year we attended this event, and as always, we had a great… errr.. “Greek” time!


4 thoughts on “26th Annual Honolulu Greek Festival

  1. I didn’t even realize that the festivl was on this weekend. I guess now I can’t say I completely missed attending the Greek festival this year, can I? Evening hours are the best from my own experience. Did you get to see the dancing in the enclosed auditorium. The stage is narrow for the Greek group dancing and it’s amazing that none of the troupe members actually end up falling off the stage during their routine.

  2. I’m sorry I missed it. We’re vacationing here from Toronto and would have loved to go, but got hung up on the North Shore. The other reason we wanted to go is because we’re Greek and it would have been great to see some fellow Greeks. Oh well we’ll come for the festival next year!!

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