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Go to the Greek Festival, Eat Flaming Cheese

It comes as no surprise that one of the great civilizations of the ancient world could build the Parthenon, invent democracy and introduce flaming cheese.
It comes as no surprise that one of the great civilizations of the ancient world could build the Parthenon, invent democracy and introduce flaming cheese.
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Editor's Note: An astute and undoubtedly well educated reader has pointed out that the Pantheon is actually a building in Rome whereas the Parthenon is the proper name for the temple constructed by the Greeks. We have corrected our caption to reflect this.

Saganaki. You'll probably want to go ahead and write that word down so you can remember it for later. It's a slice of cheese, grilled until crispy, flambeed, and doused in lemon juice. At this weekend's Greek festival it'll run you $6, but if you ask us, that's a fair price to pay for a taste of heaven.

It and many other delicious Greek foods will be served at the A Taste of Greece festival in Chandler this weekend. The festivities kickoff at 5 p.m. Friday and run through Sunday evening. Though we'll be focused on the food, there also will be traditional dances, music, and adult beverages, including ouzo and metaxa. Admission is $3 and children under 12 get in free.

Here's a video from the 2010 Greek Festival.

Beyond grilled flaming cheese, the fest will offer a substantial number of Greek standards, including souvlaki, gyro, and dolmathes. Perhaps even more exciting is the pastry list which is almost as long as everything else combined. A "baklava sundae" sounds beyond intriguing.

What: A Taste of Greece

Where: 2716 N. Dobson Rd. Chandler 85224 Free parking available. Look for signs.

Hours: Friday, April 27 from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reverse Happy Hour after 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday

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