Friday, September 23, 2011

Ogden's Greek Food Festival comes but once a year - Salt Lake City Ethnic Restaurant |

Once again, the best of Greek food will be held at the Ogden Greek Festival.  This annual event at the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church ( offers the most amazing samplings of Greek food and it is a must.  It will be held this Friday & Saturday, September 25-26, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The church, located at 674 42nd Street in Ogden, offers many of the most coveted Greek dishes along with a special bakery with treats galore.  My personal favorite is loukamades (lou-kah-mah-days), which as teenagers we dubbed the ultimate in doughnuts.  Unlike many Greek pastries, these are not available in restaurants, so I always stock up at the food festival.  Loukamades are perfect for a sweet breakfast on Sunday or just a snack to brighten your day.  Other desserts include the most famous one, baklava, which consists of crispy layers of phyllo dough with honey and nuts between.  Another good dessert to try is Galaktoboureko (gah-lahk-toe-bou-ray-ko), which is a custard-like delight.  Don't forget to take some home for later.

But there's more than the bakery and desserts, so start with your main course.  Typical Greek foods are represented, including moussaka (rigatoni covered with cheese, tomato sauce, and eggplant slices), spanakopita (spinach and onions in layers of phyllo dough), and stuffed grape leaves (usually filled with some sort of meat and/or vegetables).  Take-home containers are available to stock up on foods for later on, which is what I always end up doing because my eyes are bigger than my stomach.

Make sure to come prepared to stand in line for at least an hour (bring a folding chair if you like).  The line forms out the door and wraps around the church.  Parking is allowed on the church grass (along with the street and parking lot), but difficult to find. 

Again, the church is located at 674 42nd Street in Ogden. 

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