Just curious if anyone has attended this in the past, and what to expect in regards to good food?
I have attended several times over the years dating back to about 25 years ago. It is a pretty good and fun deal. Several booths of Mediterreanean food and, in the past, some Ethiopian, I believe, food. The people of the St. Elias Orthodox church put it on and work many hours preparing for it.There was an article about a week ago in the ASS newspaper about the preparation for it. It is very well attended, has a market place atmosphere and Greek music and dancing.
For years it was the closest you could get to Ethiopian food in this town (besides Aster at the farmer's market).
I never really have gotten around to trying the Mediterranean foods.
Though I did drink a little too much retsina last night, so I may be forgetting something.
re: Seamus Mitwurst
Eating the Eritrean food also saves a lot of time. Last night we walked right up to the booth whereas the Mediterrean plate line had about 63 people waiting. We both, my son and I found the food pretty tasty, even the lentils which can be sort of bland like hummus. I wish, for 15 dollars, the portions were larger. The place was jammed. When we got there about 7 one of the ticket sellers told us they had run out of tickets,, estimating over 10K people had attended so far. This has become a very popular event here and even though they had 11th blockd off for tables, etc. it is still packed. I think that they are going to have to find a new place for it. My wife is Lebanese and consequently we first started attending the thing when they had maybe two or three food and drink booths. Now it is gotten very popular which, imo, is a good thing in that people are willing to try these different food. We had a bottle of some kind of Lebanese wine which wasn't bad, somewhat like an inexpensive Merlot. See you next year. BTW, a few years after we started going, when I had lots of hair on my head, the Eritrean food was called Ethiopean.
I have to say, my wife and I were immensely disappointed by the festival and its offerings. It seemed usurious having to pay 5 bucks to enter, only to face wildly inflated food prices. The 15 dollar Mediterranean plate was, it looked, less weighty than simply purchasing items a la carte, which were egregiously expensive as well. We dropped 30 bucks within 30 minutes. While we were excited by the promises of exotic--read rare--beer and wines from the region, many were no different than those peddled at a vanilla HEB. Most of the food was OK, but failed to rival the offerings of Phoenicia or other Greek restaurants in our area. I found the distinction between Eritrean and Ethiopian food laughable, an obvious attempt to elicit exclaims of "ooh, Eritrean food!", when the distinctions--particularly what was presented (injera is hardly exclusively Eritrean)--are slight. What is more, and perhaps most objectionable of all, is the shameless use of the festival to advertise name-brand, hip liquors (Bacardi?) and drinks (Mojito? No ouzo? Come on...) with diaphanously-clad bartender-vixens whose bloomers, and bosoms, were prominently displayed, a bizarre mixture of Coyote Ugly with the superficial trappings of Mediterranean dress (of course, with the gleamingly blond hair, none looked Mediterranean to me). This festival, it seems, has become a victim of its own success, and, as someone who has was not there for its earliest versions, one wonders if the purity and authenticity of the festival has not been subverted by greed. How much does a small Greek-Orthodox congregation need?
I agree with you. I skip this one, and head down to Houston's Greek Festival, it's the first weekend of Oct. I took a day trip yesterday. Only $5.00 to get in, food prices are fair. Souvlaki - $6.00, Gyros - $6.00, Tiropita - $2.00, Spanakopita - $2.00, Dolmades - 5 for $5.00, Greek Salad Plate - $5.00, Baklava - $1.50, Kourambiedes - $1.00, Finikia - $1.00, Koulourakia - 6 for $2.00, Loukoumades - 8 for $3.00, Assorted pastry box - $10.00. Mark you calendar for next year. I'd rather drop $30-$50 at this festival. Google Houston Greek Festival.