Oakland Greek Festival A Greek meal worthy of the gods.

This weekend, Oakland’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension is hosting their annual Oakland Greek Festival. Besides being a gathering of some of the East Bay’s most colorful and enthusiastic Greek residents, the festival is home to some of the best Greek food the Bay Area has to offer.

Yesterday I hit up the festival’s opening day, and was completely bowled over by the amount of food available. Every possible Greek delight you can imagine was being prepared by local cooks, from whole lamb on a spit to flaming cheese (seriously — stand back when they set it on fire!). Saturday and Sunday are filled with Greek cooking demonstrations. If you’ve got some free time this weekend, can you think of a better way to spend a few hours?

Oakland Greek Festival Fresh calamari and French fries

Oakland Greek Festival Breading the calamari by hand.

Oakland Greek Festival

Oakland Greek Festival John Constantine, calamari Superman

Oakland Greek Festival Flaming cheese — this you really have to try.

Oakland Greek Festival

Oakland Greek Festival Lamb goddess Karen Kolokithas

Oakland Greek Festival Fresh baklava, ready for a new home.

Oakland Greek Festival What kind of Greek festival would it be without the requisite feta and olives?

Oakland Greek Festival Loukoumades, or honey-dipped pastry puffs. There are not words.

Oakland Greek Festival Assorted Greek goodies for sale.

Oakland Greek Festival

Oakland Greek Festival Alyssa Landis dishes out some of the most incredible lamb I’ve ever tasted.

Oakland Greek Festival Happy Greek chefs!

Oakland Greek Festival More luscious lamby bits…

Oakland Greek Festival Harry Greer unwrapping his lamb on a spit.

Oakland Greek Festival The [rather large] lamb, in all its glory.

Oakland Greek Festival Anna Wade grills meat for gyros.

Oakland Greek Festival Brittany Wade shows off her winning gyro-making skills.

2011 Oakland Greek Orthodox Festival: May 13, 14, 15 Oakland’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension 4700 Lincoln Ave Oakland, CA 94602

Admission: $6 for adults, children under 12 free. With a coupon, you can receive $1 off adult admission.

  • Paul

    Does this site have an upcoming events page or something? I read all these posts about events over the weekend and say to myself “wish I knew about it 2 days ago so I could’ve went!”

  • http://www.kqed.org Wendy Goodfriend

    Hi Paul-
    Bay Area Bites primarily uses social media to post upcoming events throughout the week – follow @bayareabites on twitter http://twitter.com/bayareabites and Bay Area Bites on facebook https://www.facebook.com/bayareabites

  • Paul

    Ugh, way too many facebook and twitter posts in a day to pick that out. Don’t want day of notice either… they really could use a dedicated ‘upcoming events’ page!

  • http://www.greekfestival.me Golden Greek

    Well here is some advanced notice, the 40th annual Greek Festival in Castro Valley will be held October 7,8,9 2011 see http://www.GreekFestival.me for preliminary information! Free Admission and Free Parking along with the delicious foods and drinks of Greece, live Greek Music and Free Dance lessons, Shopping and award winning Dance groups! Mark you calendar now!

  • Dcmovingon

    when is the fetival for 2012???



Stephanie Stiavetti

Stephanie is a writer and cookbook author recovering from her former tech-startup life. On the side she's also a media consultant, specializing in all forms of digital goodness: audio, video, print, design, and social media. After leaving the tech world nearly a decade ago, Stephanie made a career jump to her lifetime love, writing. She currently writes for the Huffington Post, KQED's Bay Area Bites, NPR, and other select media outlets. Her first cookbook,Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese, is due out in fall 2013 on Little, Brown with coauthor Garrett McCord. Being a recovering techy leaves an indelible mark, and everything Stephanie does is infused with her deep fascination with digital technology. She has been blogging since 1999, before blog engines even existed and a great readership consisted of a handful of friends who occasionally thought to check out your site. In 2005 she started her first food blog, which she repurposed in 2007 to become The Culinary Life. Stephanie can be called many things: food writer, essayist, professional recipe developer, cookbook author, social media consultant, videographer, documentary maker, website developer, archivist of life. Despite all of these titles, she most commonly responds to Steph.

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