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Greek Food | Greek Hellenic Festival Event | Hartford Connecticut

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In Connecticut, everyone looks forward to the first weekend in June when the annual 4-day Greek Hellenic Festival is sponsored by the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral.  If you’re looking for things to do, folks from miles around come to enjoy traditional Greek food such as Spanakopita, Moussaka, Souvlaki, Pastito and  Gyros.  Not to be missed is the finishing touch for dessert – Baklava !

The Greek Festival was enjoyed by people of all ages.  There were moms and dads toting babies and toddlers, along with grandmothers, grandfathers and their grandchildren. It truly was a fun family event!

There were so many delicious dinner choices on the menu:

Spanakopita, a Spinach Pie which is a tasty mixture of spinach and feta cheese that’s baked in flaky filo pastry leaves.

I was debating trying the Lamb Kabobs (Lamb Shank Kapama) but ended up having the Greek Sampler Platter which was Moussaka, Pastitio, Souvlaki and Dolmades. The dinner plate came with a nice Greek Salad with Kalamata olives, feta cheese and a side of Greek salad dressing.

Greek Moussaka Beef Dinner
Pastitsio is macaroni with seasoned ground beef in a rich cream sauce that’s topped with grated cheese.

I’d never tried the Dolmades before, but they’re Stuffed Grape Leaves, which are little rolls made from grape leaves, then stuffed with rice and steamed until tender.  This appetizer dates back to the time of Alexander The Great!

After dinner we visited the Kafenion Coffee House downstairs in the church hall, where we were able to enjoy  traditional Greek Pastries and visit the craft booths.

There was of course, the Baklava which is considered the aristocrat of Greek Pastry.  It’s layer upon layer of buttered filo sheets and ground walnuts, often topped with a syrup of honey.

Baklava Squares

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We even enjoyed Baklava sundaes, made with soft-served ice cream.

All of their delicious and sweet pastries served were homemade, dripping with nuts, butter and honey and could be packaged to take home.  Some of the choices were:

Finikia – Honey-dipped butter cookies with cinnamon and nuts;

Koulourakia – a traditional Greek cookie;

Tsourekia – A specialty loaf of Greek bread, served at home on Sundays, religious holidays and festivals;

Karidopita – a spongy “Greek walnut cake” that’s drenched in honey syrup; and

Classic Greek Rice Pudding

We enjoyed watching the live music performed by ouzeri musicians and Greek Dancers, performing Greek dances in traditional costume.

Of course, I didn’t leave without trying a glass of Ouzo that I heard so much about in one of my favorite movies – “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” !  To me, it tasted somewhat like the traditional Italian Anisette cordial, Sambuca.

Opa !

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Here’s a Crockpot Greek Stew recipe that can be made in your slow cooker!

Crockpot Greek Stew Recipe

 

Crockpot Greek Stew

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours

4-6

Greek, Chicken, Stew, Crockpot, Slow Cooker, Dinner, Entree

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds of stewing beef
  • 1 1/2 pounds small onions (about 7)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1- 28 oz. can tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1- 5 1/2 oz. can tomato paste
  • 2 TBS red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 sweet green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Cut beef into 1 inch cubes, trimming off any fat Cut onions into wedges leaving root end intact.
  2. Put meat, onions into slow cooker along with garlic and tomatoes.
  3. Combine beef stock, vinegar, oregano, salt, pepper and add to slow cooker, stirring gently to blend.
  4. Cook on Low for 8-9 hours or High for 6 hours.
  5. Add flour and water mixture and chopped green pepper.
  6. Cook on high for 15 minutes or until thickened.
  7. Serve sprinkled with feta and parsley.
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