51st annual Greek Food Festival will load the tables

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.