Saganaki - Fried Greek Cheese Flamed with Brandy

Saganaki – Fried Greek Cheese Flamed with Brandy

Orange County’s 37th annual “A Taste of Greece” festival will be held on June 26-28 at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine. More than 12,000 guests are expected to attend the three-day festival, which will feature traditional Greek cuisine, wine tasting, live music, authentic Greek dancing with lessons and boutique booths reminiscent of the Plaka, a well-known picturesque historical neighborhood of Athens.

Here is a link to complimentary admission:

St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church
4949 Alton Parkway (btwn Culver Drive & Jeffrey Road)
Irvine, CA 92604

Friday, June 26th: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, June 27th: noon to 10 p.m.
Sunday, June 28th: noon to 9 p.m.

Greek cuisine and hospitality will be the focal points as the festival will feature authentic recipes for traditional Greek dishes, delicious pastries and a variety of beverages, highlighted with a wine “Taverna,” offering Greek wine and beer.

-The traditional Greek menu will include Chicken, Lamb Chops, Greek French Fries, Gyros, Pastichio (Greek lasagna), Loucanico (Greek sausage), Spanakopita (spinach and feta pie), Dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), Saganaki (Greek brandy-flamed cheese), Loukoumathes (Greek doughnut holes), Greek Salad, Calamari and more.

-There will also be a Greek coffeehouse set up by Portola Coffee Lab to serve Greek and American coffee drinks in a traditional Plaka setting.

-The Philoptochos, the church’s philanthropic group, have baked around the clock during the weeks leading up to the festival to prepare traditional Baklava and other exquisite pastries, totaling more than 12,000 pieces!

-A family-friendly affair, the festival will offer free Greek dance lessons throughout the weekend.

-The festival will feature boutique shops, a variety of games and a full-scale carnival.

-Event attendees can also enter an opportunity drawing for the chance to win one of three premiere prizes, with a Grand Prize of $1,000 and 2nd Prize of a 50” Flat Screen TV, 3rd Prize of a Dell Inspiron Laptop Computer, and 4th Prize of a GoPro Hero Camera.

Festival admission is just $3 per person with free admission on Saturday, June 27 from noon – 5 p.m. for seniors older than 65 years. Children under the age of 10 are admitted free (with parents or an adult) throughout the three-day festival. Free festival parking will also be available, with complimentary shuttle buses transporting guests from public parking sites in Irvine.

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