Labor Day Weekend wouldn’t be complete without Sacramento’s annual Greek Festival (the 52nd), and it wouldn’t be a fest without the food. The specialty dishes are handmade by volunteers who are veteran home cooks and members of the sponsoring Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. Some of them will have four generations of family members volunteering at the festival.
As a special bonus this year, world-renown landscape artist and Sacramento resident Gregory Kondos will be on hand from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 4-5 and from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 6, signing prints of his “Meteoria” and “Byzantine Church,” $75 each. Proceeds will benefit the church. Also, Kondos has donated a new piece, “Yountville Vineyards,” which will be a raffle prize.
Meanwhile, back to some of the Hellenic delicacies that will be for sale: pastitsio (Greek lasagna), dolmades (stuffed grape-vine leaves), tiropeta (three-cheese-filled filo pastry dough), paidakia (grilled lamb chops) and baklava (layers of honey-drizzled fillo, chopped nuts and cinnamon), finished with strong Greek coffee.
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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 costumed folk dancing.
The fest will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 4 (free admission from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.); noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 5; and noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St.. Admission is $5 adults, free for 12 and younger. For more information, click here.