On Saturday we ventured out to the Nashville Greek Festival at the Greek Orthodox Church on Franklin Road. The festival is a family friendly event with games and jumpy things for the kids and good food, beer and baklava for the adults. This year the dinners and pastries were sold in the church fellowship hall, while the gyros and appetizers were sold outside under tents. The organization of the food this year was excellent (we waited no more than 5 minutes in line).
The pastichio dinner came with Greek style green beans and pita bread. The pastichio was made with long tube pasta, was full of liberally seasoned ground beef and topped with a rich béchamel sauce. The meal was delicious and only $8.
The lamb platter came with roast lamb on a bed of rice, Greek style green beans and pita bread. The lamb was super tender, seasoned with lots of olive oil and oregano (and lots of other things we couldn’t recognize, but were delicious).
For dessert, we mixed and matched baklava to take home. Between the great goodies you can take home and the smorgasbord board of new things to try the Nashville Greek festival is a great family friendly activity!
Cary and I get excited about food related festivals, and by golly there are lots of great ones in the Tennessee area. The Moonpie and RC Cola festival, Cornbread Festival, Biscuit Festival and Greek Festival are just a few that pop into my mind.
We are super excited about the first Banana Pudding Festival on October 2nd in Centerville, TN for several reasons, other than the obvious love for nanner pudding. The festival was started by twelve Red Cross volunteers who wanted to raise funds for people who had experienced natural disasters. In the middle of planning, the Nashville experienced the worst flooding in many years.
At the Banana Pudding Festival there will be a banana pudding cook-off, crafts, and a “Puddin’ Path” where you get samples of banana pudding! Sounds like an awesome time for a great cause!
One of our favorite festivals in Nashville is the Greek Festival at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church off of Franklin Pike. According to the Facebook group, the price for entry is $2 and children under 12 are free. In the past, the festival has featured traditional dancers, pony rides for the kiddos and excellent food. A schedule of events and the menu is here. My favorite dinner is the Pastitichio, a casserole featuring macaroni noodles, ground beef, and bechamel sauce. A variety of excellent pastries from the bakery always follow us home. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, this is great fun. We’ll be there!
The festival is open from 10:00am to 9:00pm on Friday and Saturday. The hours Sunday are 11:00am to 7:00pm.
Holy Trinity Church
September 10th, 11th, 12th
4905 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37220
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? (It’s Tuesday and all I’m thinking about is next weekend!) On June 19th, the RC/Moon Pie Festival is in Bell Buckle, TN. Bell Buckle is about an hour drive from Nashville and this festival is well worth it!
At 11:15am there is a RC/Moon Pie Parade.
Many of the floats and cars throw Moon Pies to the crowd. No one throws RC cola though… hmm….
At 9:00 am, the craft fair and food court opens. There you can get this masterpiece. This is a fried Moon Pie, which is delicious!
At 2:00, there are a variety of Moon Pie games including a Moon Pie Toss, RC Dash, Moon Pie Hoops, Watermelon Spitting Contest and Hog Calling Contest.
You can get a schedule of events here.
Heading to West Tennessee this weekend? You may want to check out Memphis’ Italian Fest. The spaghetti gravy contest will be a highlight as always, while the musical offerings can definitely let you work off the pasta. What food-related festivals have any of our readers been to or recommend?
Road trip anyone? The International Biscuit Festival is in Knoxville, Tennessee this weekend. The festival includes a biscuit bake-off, a biscuit boulevard where you can try different types of biscuits and all sorts of entertainment. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to go this weekend. If you get a chance to try some tasty biscuits, let us know about it!