2011 Oakland Greek Festival

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.

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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!

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More luscious lamby bits...

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

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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

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

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