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September 28, 2010 > Go Greek at annual festival

Go Greek at annual festival

By Julie Grabowski

If your summer dreams of escaping to a far flung land, rich in history, culture, food, and beauty didn't quite come true, don't despair! The Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church in Castro Valley invites you to go Greek and experience their heritage at the 39th Annual Greek Festival. Starting Friday evening, October 1, church grounds will be transformed into a mini Greek town providing all the sights, sounds, and tastes of a Mediterranean adventure.

Live music from Greek band "Mythos" will create a lively, festive atmosphere with traditional and modern Greek music. And the "Sons of Ulysses" table dancers are sure to wow visitors as they lift stacks of tables and chairs with their teeth. Enjoy youth dance performances; take free Greek dance lessons; or shop at the "Agora" (marketplace) for clothes, fine and costume jewelry, icons, books, white elephant treasures, ceramics, and imported goods.

As a country famous for its food, mealtime is certainly not to be missed. Attendees can experience an authentic full-course Greek meal with roasted lamb or chicken, pastitsio, Greek salad, rice pilaf, green beans in a savory Greek tomato sauce, freshly baked bread, feta cheese and olives. A la carte specialties include barbecued Pork souvlaki (kebabs), Gyros, Tiropita (cheese pie in filo), Spanakopita (spinach pie in filo), dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), calamari, and grilled Holloumi cheese. A new dish for this year's festival is Greek Macaronada (Greek pasta) sprinkled with imported Mizithra cheese.

One of the oldest civilizations in the world, Greece is known for Mount Olympus and mythological gods, the Olympic Games, ancient philosophy, drama and Western literature. Its mountainous landscape, set in beautiful blue seas, draws millions of visitors each year. The Greek Festival is an opportunity for the Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church to share their wondrously rich culture with the community and raise funds to support ministries of the church as well as community outreach.

Take a mini vacation at the Greek Festival and see what "opa" is all about!

Admission and parking is free. For more information call (510) 581-8950 or visit

Greek Festival
Friday - Sunday, October 1 - 3
Friday: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 7 p.m.
Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church
20104 Center Street, Castro Valley
(510) 581-8950


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