I've lived in Tucson now for a better part of a decade and only one of those years did we miss the annual Greek Festival at St. Demetrios church on Ft. Lowell and Mountain. And why did we miss that one year? Because everyone had to miss it. There was a huge fire in 2013 from their chapel (a candle fell over and it went up in seconds) destroying a good portion of the art and charring the inside to a deep coal black. It was really sad. In fact, the area was condemned and we couldn't even go near the place. Sucked.
Luckily the Greek Fest was back up the next year and for that we owe a big gratitude to supporters and volunteers that made it happen.
See, for us, the Greek Fest means the end of summer (and living in the Sonoran desert, this is a good thing), the onset of the holidays and the one time we get to suck down Ouzo in mass quantities. It also means a time to eat until the wrinkles in your toga are worked out. So many amazing Greek cuisine options to choose from and the 2015 festival was one of the best.
I'm not going to bore you with a big story, or an interview, because if you've been to the Greek Fest you know what goes on there. So I'm just going to let a few pictures I took tell the story here.
And thanks to the nice people that let me get behind the scenes and take photos. You guys rock and the lamb shank was crazy delicious.
|A beautiful afternoon for a Greek Fest!|
|First things first though...|
|Ouzo and Mythos, once a year I can handle this stuff...|
|OPA! Flaming cheese better known as saganaki. So good.|
|This picture doesn't do the sizzling awesomeness that is saganaki...|
|Always a crowd, always packed...|
|Frying up some loukoumades...|
|Think of a very light donut hole dipped in honey. Yum.|
|Working that line, keep the plates moving...|
|Souvlaki about to go down!|
|Like heaven on a stick...|
|They go fast though...|
|Another satisfied customer.|
|Acres of delicious sweets.|
|All you need is a comfy chair, some coffee and you're set.|
|Dancers getting down on the main stage...|
|Some young volunteers cooling off by the ice troughs of soda and water.|
|Gotta keep moving because the line never lets up...|
|Plating up pure amazingness...|
|Pitas pitas everywhere!|
|Grill 'em all! Jump in the fire!|
|Spanakopita all day man...|
|This guy is about to go for it...|
|Day before the eclipse, a huge moon looms over the festival...|
|Had a blast. See you next year!|
Camera and Typing
"Metal" Mark Whittaker
Late September, 2015
(Ok...not exactly "Metal" but...you get the idea. Thanks...)