Anyone who has been to Santa Barbara’s Greek Festival-and this year’s is the 36th one, so if you haven’t been, why not?-knows the highlight has to be the wonderful tent of baked goods, wall-to-wall trays filled with the honeyed goodness of baklava, kataifi, kourambiedes, koulourakia, and melomakarona. These delights form a pantheon of the pastry, tempting you to eat more than you should-which would be a shame, as you wouldn’t then have room for any spanakopita or gyros, not to mention moussaka or souvlaki. I know the Greek Festival is about a lot more than food, as there’s a marketplace and music and dancing, but there’s also Greek food, and sticky, honeyed fingers on a hot day are one of many Santa Barbara summer’s essential rituals. The festival is Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Oak Park. The Santa Barbara Greek Festival (santabarbaragreekfestival.com) is sponsored by the Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church.
How Phyllo Can You Go?
The 36th Annual Greek Festival Comes to Oak Park August 1 and 2