Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Diabetic Alert - Greek Festival Starts Tomorrow!

If I become diabetic (which may be in my future, family history being what it is) I am going to have to figure out how I can keep scarfing the goodies at this festival. The sweet, heavenly, Greek dessert goodies, that is.

The first weekend of June used to be "Super Festival Weekend" in this area. It isn't any more, but one of the remaining festivals is celebrating its 36th year, with the best sweets in town, a week "early". This is the 36th annual Grecian Festival at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Vestal. There are various Greek meals available, music, crafts, dancing (lots of late night Greek dancing), and more, but I go right for the gusto...the desserts, that is. Honey overload in a box, to go.

Oh yummy heaven. I don't mean just baklava (although yes they have that). These are specialties you won't find commercially. I'm sure they are painstakingly handmade by the members of the congregation. Many of them soaking luxuriously in honey, stuffed with nuts and goodness. If you wait for the weekend, some of the better ones are already sold out.

I don't like crowds, so I don't go later in the evenings, when things really get moving (no pun intended!), but this festival is something many locals wait for.

I've spent so much time praising Ithaca that I have not given enough attention to the festivals in the area. Hopefully I will post more later. Food wise, though, this one is Number One. With apologies to the SpiedieFest, which I promise I will write about soon.

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