Go to the Greek Festival, Eat Flaming Cheese

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It comes as no surprise that one of the great civilizations of the ancient world could build the Parthenon, invent democracy and introduce flaming cheese.

Editor's Note: An astute and undoubtedly well educated reader has pointed out that the Pantheon is actually a building in Rome whereas the Parthenon is the proper name for the temple constructed by the Greeks. We have corrected our caption to reflect this.

Saganaki. You'll probably want to go ahead and write that word down so you can remember it for later. It's a slice of cheese, grilled until crispy, flambeed, and doused in lemon juice. At this weekend's Greek festival it'll run you $6, but if you ask us, that's a fair price to pay for a taste of heaven.

It and many other delicious Greek foods will be served at the A Taste of Greece festival in Chandler this weekend. The festivities kickoff at 5 p.m. Friday and run through Sunday evening. Though we'll be focused on the food, there also will be traditional dances, music, and adult beverages, including ouzo and metaxa. Admission is $3 and children under 12 get in free.

Here's a video from the 2010 Greek Festival.

Beyond grilled flaming cheese, the fest will offer a substantial number of Greek standards, including souvlaki, gyro, and dolmathes. Perhaps even more exciting is the pastry list which is almost as long as everything else combined. A "baklava sundae" sounds beyond intriguing.

What:
A Taste of Greece

Where:
2716 N. Dobson Rd.
Chandler 85224
Free parking available. Look for signs.

Hours:
Friday, April 27 from 5 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Reverse Happy Hour after 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday


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St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church

2716 N. Dobson Road, Chandler, AZ

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Dominic Armato
Dominic Armato

Ando, you write some great stuff, and I swear, my purpose in life is not to give you a hard time, (and I suppose I don't even know if you're writing the captions)...

...buuuuut...

...while saganaki is old-school Greek, the "flaming" part was a Chicago Greektown invention.  Parthenon restaurant in the late '60s, I believe.  Selling '60s American diners on ethnic foods required a little showmanship, I guess :-)

Ando Muneno
Ando Muneno

Ah, that's why I said they were serving Greek "standards" not classics in the body. But you're right, the caption does seem to imply that lighting cheese on fire is something that's been around since time immemorial.

Dominic Armato
Dominic Armato

It's not you. It's me. I need to lighten up :-)

Ando Muneno
Ando Muneno

And a pantheon is a collection of gods whereas the Pantheon is a temple styled after the Parthenon of Greece. 

In other words, thank you for pointing that out so I could fix it. 

Hock
Hock

You could have corrected the caption and said the Pantheon is Roman, and the Parthenon is Greek, so you're not that heavy.   :D

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