If you are a foodie and cultural lover, then you have a chance to enjoy and sample contemporary Greek cuisine, with the ongoing Greek food festival.
The festival which started on 16th November runs through to 24th November. The food fair is being hosted by Soko Restaurant at Dusit. Aimed at showcasing Greek cuisine, patrons get to enjoy delectable dishes laid out for them in buffet style – for only Ksh 2,500 per person.
You will also get to enjoy the food alongside a shot of Ouzo – a type of alcoholic drink consumed before a meal to stimulate the appetite. It’s quite a common drink in Greece.
Just to shed some light on this foreign cuisine. Well, it is widely popular across Europe. It is known as some of the best food in the world! With an age old tradition, Greek cuisine has been largely influenced by both eastern and western cultures.
Fresh vegetables, seafoods and fishes feature mostly in the dishes mostly because of its long coastline while meat is treated as less popular, with the exception of lamb.
Below is a list of some of the popular, mouth-watering specialities that you are bound to enjoy at the festival.
- Dolmadakia (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
These are tiny dolmades that are made of stuffed grape leaves. Inside the leaf you will get meat of ground lamb or beef (sometimes both) and rice stuffing. Conventionally, this dish is served as appetizer with lemon wedges.
A traditional dish that is creamy and juicy. It is served in almost all tavernas in Greece. Homemakers in Greece prepare this dish especially when there is a big family gathering. In moussaka, tomato sauce is used to cook minced beef which is subsequently layered with sweet eggplants and creamy béchamel sauce. This irresistible cuisine can make you feel full so you don’t need too many side dishes.
A popular dish available in street side restaurants. The dish is well cooked with seasoned meat and then flavoured with tzatziki sauce. In greek lingo stands for Souvlaki stands for ‘meat-on-a-skewer.
- Restina wine
This is an age old wine that has all rituals and cultures of ancient Greece for more than 2000 years. The unique taste of this wine is known to have originated from sealing wine vessels with pine resin. The resin prevents air from entering into the bottle while infusing the wine with resin aroma. This wine matches superbly with dishes superbly with dishes containing mint, rosemary and dill.
This a very common dessert which is nutty and grainy with some lemony flavour. This moist cake is sweetened by simple syrup flavoured with orange zest. It is not an overly sweet dessert but is sure promises to tickle your taste buds.
In addition to the food experience, there will be live entertainment by Angelos Christopoulos, a bouzouki player from Greece.