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The dessert baklava — filo dough, honey and nuts — will be a star at the Greek Festival.

51st annual Greek Food Festival will load the tables

Published: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 - 12:30 pm

It wouldn't be the Labor Day weekend without the annual Greek Festival (the 51st), and it wouldn’t be the festival without the food. The dishes are handmade from scratch by volunteers who are experienced home cooks and members of the sponsoring Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation.

Check out the menu of Hellenic delicacies: pastitsio (Greek lasagna), dolmades (stuffed grape-vine leaves), tiropeta (three-cheese-filled filo pastry dough), paidakia (grilled lamb chops), kota psiti (marinated baked chicken), moussaka (eggplant-beef casserole), baklava (layers of honey-drizzled fillo, chopped nuts and cinnamon) and loukoumades (fried dough balls drenched in honey and topped with cinnamon and nuts), finished with strong Greek coffee and pastries.

There’s more:

A “farm to fork” food court, with more homemade Greek food specialties.

A “taverna” with retsina wine and appetizers, and a “plaka” market with imported goods.

Music and folk dancing.

The fest will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 29; noon to 11 p.m. Aug. 30; and noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St.. Admission is $5 adults, free for 12 and younger. For more information, click here.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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