Flavors of Greece Festival Illinois
This weekend my family and I attended one of our favorite spring festivals – The Flavors of Greece Festival at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. This annual festival is hosted by St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church located in Aurora, IL. My family and I have been visiting for the past 5 years although the festival itself was created in 1979. A good friend of ours, Gretchen, has been attending this festival for decades and is also a favorite of hers. For the past couple years, this festival has moved to the new large exhibition building in the Kane County Fairgrounds and has expanded every year.
This year, the old standbys that we love including the greek market, food tent, dancing and Ouzo were there again. This year we were especially excited to see a HUGE addition to the festival – cooking demonstrations throughout the day on how to cook Greek food sponsored by KitchenAid. Now, truth be told, I like to re-live the Flavors of Greece Festival throughout the year at my home. That usually involves a huge plate of Souvlaki (marinated, grilled pork medallions) with homemade Tzatziki Sauce (cucumber, garlic and yogurt) so I’ve generally been making these items for years. But I did learn some great tips at this year’s demostration on cooking Souvlaki. We did miss a later demonstration on working with Phyllo but the chef doing the demonstration (who I regrettably didn’t catch the name of) was engaging and informative and the crowd listening was packed.Continue reading →