Have you yet to sample spanakopita? Failed to bid a good morning to souvlaki? Have you yet to discover that everything is betta' with feta? Airfare ain't cheap, so missing out on the best in Greek cooking can't be held against you. But fret not, would-be gastronomic traveler, the Greek Food Festival returns to Boise Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. On eitherâ€”or bothâ€”days, you can sample a Mediterranean smorgasbord.
Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church near downtown Boise organizes the fest, with a suggested donation of $1 at the doorâ€”not including the cost of food. All the grub slung from the church's kitchens is up for grabs on the cheap, with proceeds benefitting the congregation. And sling food it will, as it has done for the past 30 years.
Be it savory morsels incorporating olives, cheese and eggplant; or appetizers like stuffed grape leaves called dolmathes; or steamy Cretan-style rice pilaf, Greek food is a delight for the senses. But the creme de la creme of the delicacies are the desserts, like galaktoboureko and karithopita. Heavy on nuts and fresh honey, baklava is a tasty layer cake with perfectly flaky, tissue-thin sheets of filo dough.
This year's festival plans for dessert staples like butter cookies and walnut cake, as well as kataifi, or almonds and walnuts nestled within shredded wheat.
Also on the agenda is traditional Greek entertainment, with dance taking the forefront through original steps like the hasapiko, karsilamas couples dance, or the epitome of the culture, Zorba's dance, popularized in the film Zorba the Greek.