We love this time of the year. Not only because it is the end of the school year, but because of Greek Fest in New Orleans. We love it. And we go every year.
If you remember, Char’s family is Lebanese. We talked about the Lebanese culture quite a bit way back on episode 9 of the Catholic Foodie (Marhaba Habibi). We also talked about Greek Fest on episode 20 (Opa! Greek Fest 2009).
Anyway, there is a significant population of Lebanese throughout the US. In order to preserve their culture, many Lebanese will form Lebanese clubs in their towns. These clubs then form federations. We are part of the Southern Federation. And every year there are two conventions: summer and winter. Whenever the conventions are close by we try to go. But, Greek Fest is always a less expensive substitute. The cultures are not exactly the same, but they are very similar. The food, the music and dancing, and the focus on family. All great stuff.
Every year at the Greek Fest, I spend time watching the guys roast lambs on a spit. They usually have four going at a time. I am fascinated. It’s not something you see every day.
Check out this video below. It’s a short recap of our Greek Fest experience from last year. I will post this year’s experience soon. Sometime in the next few days.