Tell me what’s your favorite ethnic food festival in Sacramento? When is it presented? Saturday, February 13th Sacramento held the Annual Sweet Potato Festival – Sac Cultural Hub. The National Council of Negro Women Sacramento Valley Section and the Samuel C. Pannell Meadowview Community Center presented the 21st Annual Sweet Potato Festival, Sat-2/13 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Meadowview Community Center, 2450 Meadowview Road in South Sacramento.
Do you check out the various Indian food festivals, Japanese, Chinese, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Latino, Greek, and other ethnic food festivals and enjoy the food, music, decor, and vendor offerings? Each year for the past decade or so I have visited a variety of Sacramento’s best-tasting and healthiest ethnic food festivals.
For example, each year, there’s a Jewish food festival in Carmichael. And if you like Indian festivals, check out the Asian Indian food, music, customs, and worship festivals each year. Have you ever visited a Ganesh Festival? There’s one in Sacramento. For more information on the annual Ganesh Festival, see the SacDesi.com Community Guide.
Looking for a Persian food and music festival? Sacramento has a sizeable and growing Persian population. Check out upcoming Sacramento Persian concerts and food events at the radio Javan website, Radio Javan. If you’re looking for Persian food markets in Sacramento, check out Saffron Market Saffron Market, located at 4445 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, and Tak Food Market.
Tak Food Market is a Persian convenient store, located at the cross section of Fair Oaks Blvd. and San Juan Ave at 9045 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael. Are you looking for restaurants in Sacramento serving Persian foods? See, Famous Kabob and Shahrzad Restaurant.
The Greek Food Festival in Sacramento is presented during each Labor Day weekend as a luncheon or dinner, and it’s called the annual Greek food festival in Sacramento. That’s my favorite food festival in Sacramento based on the taste of the cheese and spinach in fillo dough offerings, stuffed grape leaves, and the variety of seafood.
It runs from Friday through Sunday and offers some excellent vegetarian complete meals as well as substantial salads of beans, vegetables, or cheese, vegetables, with stuffed grape vine leaves filled with rice, cheese pies (spanokopita) and green beans cooked in a delicious sauce with potatoes, tomatoes, and other vegetables. The lunch is really delicious.
What’s your favorite ethnic food festival in Sacramento that’s coming up soon? At the end of last summer, when the Greek food festival was presented, the food and music were delicious. Each year at that food festival, as you sit at a table, musicians play a Greek-style clarinet, while two people from that musical trio sing, and a musician also accompanies the singers on a xylophone-type instrument.
You want to eat and dance or just listen to the music while watching a wall-size big screen that plays aerial scenes of the Greek islands and their sites. It’s the best way to spend a lunch or dinner this weekend. Plus, there are the vendors of everything from art and jewelry to foods, clothing, and religious books.
As you may know, each year this Greek food festival happens during Labor day weekend, Fri, Sat, and Sun in the same place, same time, the Sacramento Convention Center. Friday doors opened at 11 AM. The festival continues with food and music Sat and Sun, day and evening. The Sacramento Convention Center is on J St. on the corner of 13th St. downtown. The local red hat ladies’ society, a joyful club for women over age 50 or so that enjoy eating out and celebrating were there.
So ride down to the food festival, and be Greek for a day. I have five Greek cousins, the Photiades family in upstate NY ( great grandparents fromThessaloniki). So the music, singing, and the stuffed grape vine leaves reminded me of ancient echoes. As a vegetarian what I liked best was what I like best at the Greek food festival every year–the delicious bean salad and stuffed grape vine leaves. Tell me more about the ethnic food festivals you enjoy in Sacramento. How many offer music or folk dances with the food?
So enjoy. The band played and sang all afternoon — clarinet, voice, and xylophone-type music you could dance for. The Greek band is called Bounisi, featuring Geoffrey, Ariadne, and Antonia Antipa and Nikita Skondras. And the clarinet music is divinely out of this world great for listening or dancing. Yamas! (To your health.)
What’s served at the Annual Sacramento Greek Food Festival
The food choices include lunches: Vegetarian: rice dolma, spanakopita (cheese pie with fillo), tiropita and green beans. Non vegetarian meals: Shrimp Santorini, rice, beans. Pastitsio (pasta) with spanakopita, (spinach and or cheese fillo pie/tart, and stuffed grape leaves with rice. Or moussaka (meat, pasta, bechemel sauce) with spanakopita and stuffed grape leaves (dolma).
Or you can eat a variety of pitas, tiropita or spanakopita at the “meze” booth. There also are Greek wines or beer and the Ouzo and Metaxa. Desserts include the Greek donuts (loukoumathes). They’re donut-type desserts made with honey and sprinkled with cinammon made on the spot.
There’s also kalamari (squid), a coffee shop (kafenion) and sweet shop (zaharoplastion). Try the custard desserts baked in fillo and honey (galaktobouriko). There also are Greek-style coffee, iced frappe, and regular coffee.
Check out a uTube video: Greek Dance Mix. In Sacramento there are numerous ethnic food festivals such as the Sacramento Armenian Food Festival, the Jewish food festival, Asian food festivals, and if there’s a diverse group in Sacramento, usually you’ll find an ethnic food festival, sometimes with music, vendors, and decor to enjoy being that ethnic group for a day and savoring the delicious foods. If you’re in other cities, try the ethnic food festivals in your part of the nation. Here’s a list of some ethnic food festivals with highlights that in appear various uTube videos.
Other Food and Music Festivals on uTube videos
Greek Dance Mix – Utube video
Armenian Food Festival
Lebanese Food & Music Festival
Lebanese Food Festival-2-Debka
Arab Food Festival – uTube
Japanese Food Festival – uTube
Thai Food Festival – uTube
Assyrian Food Festival
Jewish Food Festival, Ashville
Chicago Turkish Food Festival
Pakistan Food Festival
North West Caucasus Mountains
India Food Festival