What a GREAT weekend for food! The Yiasou Greek Festival in Dilworth AND the Blues, Brews, and BBQs in Uptown were both running this weekend. It's every Foodie's dream to have so much to choose from. Unfortunately I slacked this Saturday, so I only made it into Charlotte yesterday for the Greek Festival. But man, am I glad I went!
This was, by far, the largest Greek Festival that I've ever seen. Massive tents housed everything from dancing and pastries, to wine and gyros -- it was great!
I got to the area, and was promptly greeted by a traffic jam. So I took a side street and found a parking spot. The parking spot was about a 10 minute walk away, but since it was so nice outside you won't hear me complaining about it.
I waited in line to enter. Paid the $2, and I began my search for gyros and pastries. I passed tents with dancers, and tents for shopping. Then I made my way past the pastries -- I'd get that on my way out. Eventually I found the drinks and gyros. So, after I grabbed my Coke, I waited in line for my gyro.
My standard luck held out, and I picked the slowest line possible. (My "line luck" also applies to traffic lanes and grocery check-out lines.) But again, the weather was great so I didn't care about the 7-10 minute wait. I grabbed my gyro and found an open seat. (Many thanks to the nice couple who let me sit at their table!)
This gyro was packed! At least 1/3 lb of lamb was packed into the pita. There was also feta, tomatoes, white onions, and tzatziki (cucumber and yogurt sauce). It was amazing, and easily the best gyro I've had in a LOOONG time.
Next, I went to the pastry tent, and loaded up on pastries for me and my wife. There were aisles and aisles of pastries. Each aisle had the same pastries (approx 8-10) to choose from, all were recently made, and smelled amazing. I wish I could remember the names of these delicious morsels. As you can see by the photo, I chose baklava, a fantastic almond cookie, and the light and crunch dough rolled onto itself and coated with honey and some nuts.
All in all, a great festival with amazing food. I can't wait until next year, I'll be sure to bring some friends -- so I can sneak a bite of their food!
Price: $$ (gyro and soda were $8, admission was $2, and pastries for two were $14)
Kid friendly: Yes. Activities abound for the young. By all means, bring them.
Conclusion: Good time, great food. Loved every second of it. I wish it happened more than once a year.
Yiasou Greek Festival
600 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203-5112