Thousands of people descended on St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim, CA this weekend for the annual Greek Festival. Food and spirit pairings of note: Glenfiddich 15 with karidopita, a rich walnut spice cake with honey syrup; Jack Daniels with souvlaki, a lamb kabob; and ouzo with calamari.
For me, this year was all about the Greek polysyllabic desserts – the aforementioned karidopita, plus kourambiethes, melomakarona, baklava, and those little dough balls soaked in honey – loukoumades. Let’s face it, with walnuts, butter, and honey in most Greek desserts, Fiddich 15, Jack, and ouzo go well with all of them!
Greek beer and gyros helped transport us to another world, as Greek musicians and dancers performed. Can’t wait until next year!