Oakland Greek Festival
Friday-Sunday, May 15-17
Friday-Saturday 10:00AM-11:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM-9:00PM
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension,
4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland
Adults $6, Children 12 and under are free
(site plays music) http://www.oaklandgreekfestival.com
It is that time of year again when the wonderful aromas of Souklavia and Loukoumades waft through the air and the sounds of traditional Greek music and shouts of OPA! resonate in the hills of Oakland. The Oakland Greek Festival 2015 is now in full preparation and we are in need of our most important ingredient...YOU! What would Oakland’s Greek Festival be without the many people from our community who come to enjoy all the treats for the ears, and eyes and stomach? It is with great joy and excitement that we invite you to experience our Greek culture. The Festival’s founding committee put together an event in the hopes of keeping the Traditions and their Religion alive and strong in the hearts of their children. Little did they know that over 40 years later this festival would be a stage to share our vibrant culture, savory food, and trusted religion with our greater Bay Area community. With this Festival, we are bringing Greece to YOU!
Some say that the Greeks are more hospitable than can be imagined. We rarely let you leave our homes without third or even fourth helpings. It is this giving spirit that makes our Festival come alive! What makes our festival the Real Greek Experience is the sight of our young and old working side by side, our children filled with joy to dance for you, and our experienced yiayias (grandmothers) offering you a taste of traditional spanakopita (spinach pie) and their favorite pastry recipes from their homeland.
Food is an important part of the Greek Culture. We eat when we are happy, we eat when we are sad, and we eat just because… but the most important thing is that we eat together.With all of the food we offer, you will simply have to eat your way from one end to another. We have put our heart, soul and favorite Greek seasonings into our many delicious foods for you. From gyros and lamb sandwiches to wine and Frappe beverages, we want you to taste Greece!
Music drives the Greeks in every aspect of our lives. From the upbeat, toe-tapping sounds of the Bouzouki, to the soothing yet powerful Hymns of the Church, you will find each sound intoxicating. Greece will be evident throughout the Festival with our live music that will enchant you and bring out the inner Greek dancer, or you may choose to watch one of our many Greek dancing groups perform traditional village dances.