Greek out

Illustration by hayley doshay

Meant to resemble a Greek village block party, the 52nd annual Sacramento Greek Festival features lots of music, dance lessons, games and other live performances. But the food is an undeniable highlight. From Friday, September 4, to Sunday, September 6, feast on delicacies from every region in Greece—all at the Sacramento Convention Center (1400 J Street). At the meze and gyro booths, graze on saganaki, cheese lit on fire with lemon and brandy; loukaniko, spiced Greek sausage on pita; or strips of crispy calamari. In the main dining court, try spanakopita, a flaky spinach and feta pie; moussaka, layers of eggplant, beef and a creamy bechamel sauce; and roast lamb. Then there's pastries—so many pastries—such as loukoumades, made-to-order Greek doughnuts. And don't forget the Greek coffee station or hands-on cooking demos—there are two classes per day. Check out the full schedule at