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I go to this food festival every year, and this year it runs from August 17-20. I really think that of all of the Greek food festivals in this area this one has the best food, however they do start to run out of everything by Sunday.
In the outdoor tents they serve gyro's, lamb souvlaki sandwiches, chicken sandwichs, and fries. The inside food includes dinners, lamb on a skewer, greek chicken, fish and (yes!) lamb shanks. I had the lamb shanks last night with rice and green beans, salad and roll and butter. Really delicious. Plus all of the usual food you would see at this type of festival, grape leaves, spanakopita, moussaka, etc.
I looked up at the dessert selections and saw one I had not noticed in the past, apricot baklava. It was the best pastry I have had in a long time, the cost of one piece is $2.25. A woman and her family were sitting at our table and she told me that if I ever made those apricot baklava's I would kill myself. What? Why is that I asked her? She said that that one receipe will destroy your entire kitchen in just minutes. I guess I better ask about it over on the Home Cooking board.

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  1. Thanks for the tip, grapevine!

    Is there a fee for admission? How are the food prices? Is it just a food festival or are there other cultural activities in which to partake?

    1. Also, it seems to be called the Ypapanti (Presentation of Christ) Greek Food Festival, if that's the one you're thinking of (http://www.greekburgh.com/).

      1. Yes, you are correct, it is called Ypapanti Greek Food Festival, located in Olympia Hall.

        There isn't a fee for admission and dinners run between $9.50 and $10.00 which gets you the entree and rice, salad and roll and butter.
        Sandwichs run $5.00 to $7.00 and the a la carte items about $1.50 to $3.00. Pastries are $1.50 up to about $2.50. So, you can spend a little or a lot.

        Hours are 11:00 AM to 10:00 daily.
        They have the usual Greek Band outside, and in the evening the Grecian Odyssay dancers.

        1. I went! Souvlaki Gyro had a few peices of tough, overcooked meat, but the lamb shanks were delish. Rich, meaty, primal goodness. The real star was the dessert, though. They had about a dozen different Greek pastries. I had a great custard and phyllo concoction with a very long name.

          1. What day did you go? I went back on Saturday and sniff, sniff, no lamb shanks to be found.They said that they were the surprise hit of the festival. Sorry your Gyro wasn't that good, everyone else who had them over the three days that I went loved them. The pastries were outstanding. I bought 8 more apricot baklava, the woman who served them to me said that she doesn't like them, they are too sweet for her, but the other woman working there told me that she loves them too.
            Well, the good news is that they are there every year at this time. I like St. Nicholas Greek food festival, and the one in Oakmont also, both of them are in the spring, so look for them at that time.

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            1. re: grapevine

              But did you get a recipe for the Apricot Baklava?

              1. re: grapevine

                I was there on Saturday just before noon. Must of had the last batch. Sorry!

              2. No, not yet. But I have a lead. I was watching the Church Lady cooking marathon on WQED on Saturday afternoon, and lo and behold Chris Fennimore was on with a Greek lady who was making pastries and she had brought a tray for the workers to sample and she said that there were apricot baklava on the tray and the recipe is in the book. Now I just have to find the book. They used to sell those cookbooks at Border's so that is my next stop. Plus I do have some Greek friends who I can check with who belong to that church. Just too busy right now to follow up.