Opa! It’s one of my favorite times of the year to dine and dance at one of downtown Salt Lake City’s best tasting celebrations—the Salt Lake City Greek Festival—hailed as the largest cultural event in Utah.
From Sept. 5-8, visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral to enjoy all things Greek at the Greek Festival. This 38th annual celebration includes food, drink, arts, crafts, dancing and music over four days highlighting the Greek culture, food and lifestyle.
Salt Lake City has an active Greek population and they know how to eat and entertain! Don’t miss your chance to try some less well-known Greek delicacies in addition to old favorites. The main line will lead you through the cafeteria but for the specialty foods including the lamb on a spit, Greek fries and loukoumathes among others, visit the perimeter stalls around the tent. Perhaps the best part of the Greek Festival is that the entire gym is filled with Greek desserts. Favorites include the baklava and macaroons but everything is delicious and full of Greek love.
Unfortunately, good food and fun does come with a price—although much of the money raised does go to support various charitable organizations. It will cost $3 per person to get in the door (children under 5 are free) and food is sold a la carte.
You can ride UTA TRAX to The Old Greek Town stop and walk a short distance to the festival doors. If you would rather drive, take advantage of the valet service the festival offers right in front of the entrance doors. You’ll also enjoy free WiFi service in the tent so you can come and enjoy the festival for even longer (did someone say “working lunch”?).
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, to officially open the festival.
For more information, visit www.saltlakegreekfestival.com and view the slideshow for a preview of the good food that can be found at the Greek Festival.
279 S. 300 West
Salt Lake City, UT
Thursday, 4 – 11 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Greek Festival desserts
My favorite Greek dessert, baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of flakey phyllo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey.
Greek Festival calamari
The 38th Annual Salt Lake City Greek Festival in downtown Salt Lake City. Calamari is squid rings and legs battered and deep fried. Served with lemon.
Greek Festival salad
Better-known as a Greek salad, the Greek Festival Salata is served with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, feta cheese and kalamata olives, then dressed with Greek olive oil vinaigrette.
Greek Festival snacks
Spanakopita is spinach, feta cheese (sometimes in combination with ricotta cheese), onions or spring onions, egg and seasoning wrapped in phyllo pastry. Dolmathes are grapevine leaves stuffed with rice and vegetables. Meat is also often included.
Greek Festival gyro
The Greek Festival’s gyro consists of meat, tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce (yogurt and cucumber) and is served wrapped inside pita bread.
Greek Festival pastitsio
The Salt Lake City Greek Festival’s pastitsio is a baked pasta dish with a filling of ground meat and a Béchamel sauce on top. Very rich and filling.
desserts at 2012 Greek Festival
Kataifi is a sweet made of very fine vermicelli-like pastry. It is sometimes known as shredded phyllo. Kourambiedes are cookies, butter and crushed roasted almonds, then generously dusted with powdered sugar.
Greek festival souvlaki
The Salt Lake City Greek Festival’s souvlaki is a choice of chicken or pork grilled on a skewer, marinated in oil, salt, pepper, oregano and lemon.