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The 68th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival returned this past Labor Day weekend to Assumption Greek Church on Pacific Coast Highway between Bellflower and Loynes. At this all-ages fair, visitors found a multitude of Greek foods & desserts, wine, beer, ouzo, and more to keep everyone entertained throughout the holiday weekend. Complete with merchandise, food, dessert, drinks, music, dance, rides, exhibits, and more, this annual fair brings a wealth of things for you, your friends, and your family to enjoy and make a lasting memory out of. While any visitor can participate in the dancing going on under the main tent, I opted to simply admire those who bravely stepped forth to display their Greek dancing abilities. For me, I chose to enjoy the eats of Greek culture with some Gyros and Ouzo. Support this local Greek Fair by following them on Facebook and liking them on Twitter.

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The 17th Annual Tiki Beach Festival returned to the Granada Launch Ramp in Long Beach this past weekend. This all-ages event allows all guests to experience various Pacific Islands inspired food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, and more. Situated right on the beach, the festival required no admission, so anyone could walk up and begin enjoying the sights and sounds right away. Dozens of themed vendor booths lined the main walkway leading up to the sand, selling apparel, accessories, trinkets, home goods, and more. Further down, we found all the food booths, selling lots of Pacific Islander food as well as American or Californian street food. However, the main attraction of the festival lie just beyond those booths on the right. Hundreds of guests flocked to the sand to gain a view of the main stage, where all the music and dancing resonated in everyone’s bodies. Every performance contained traditional music accompanied by dance performances, appealing to the eyes and ears. The hot sun and sand did not keep guests away, for the performers kept the action even hotter.

Come back next year! The Tiki Beach Fest occurs around mid-August annually and lasts two days, which gives you ample time to plan to show up at the beach.

The 2017 South Bay Greek Festival returned this past weekend to St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach. At this all-ages fair, visitors found a multitude of Greek foods & desserts, wine, beer, ouzo, vendors, music, and more to keep everyone entertained throughout the weekend. Complete with merchandise, food, dessert, drinks, music, dance, rides, exhibits, and more, this annual fair brings a wealth of things for you, your friends, and your family to enjoy and make a lasting memory out of. This festival normally contains a lot more to it, such as rides, another stage, and church tours. Due to construction on the property, the organizers could not have any of that this year, so we will have to wait until next year to check those out. However, we still got to enjoy lots of yummy Greek food as they always serve up. Support this local Greek Fair by following them on Facebook and liking them on Twitter. When the Greek have an occasion to celebrate, they will celebrate hard, as demonstrated whenever a Greek festival takes place.

The 39th Annual Taste Of Greece returns this upcoming weekend to St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine. At this all-ages fair, visitors will find a multitude of Greek foods & desserts, wine, beer, ouzo, vendors, music, and more to keep everyone entertained throughout the weekend. Complete with merchandise, food, dessert, drinks, music, dance, rides, exhibits, and more, this annual fair brings a wealth of things for you, your friends, and your family to enjoy and make a lasting memory out of. Any visitor can participate in the dancing going on under the main tent, or just hang out and enjoy the sights. Some may choose to enjoy the eats of Greek culture with some Greek BBQ Pork, Loukanico, Saganaki, Galaktoboureko, and Baklava. Support this local Greek Fair by following them on Facebook. When the Greek have an occasion to celebrate, they will celebrate hard, as demonstrated whenever a Greek festival takes place.

The 2017 Orange County Greek Festival returned this past weekend to St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim. At this all-ages fair, visitors found a multitude of Greek foods & desserts, wine, beer, ouzo, vendors, music, and more to keep everyone entertained throughout the weekend. Complete with merchandise, food, dessert, drinks, music, dance, rides, exhibits, and more, this annual fair brings a wealth of things for you, your friends, and your family to enjoy and make a lasting memory out of. While any visitor can participate in the dancing going on under the main tent, I opted to simply admire those who bravely stepped forth to display their Greek dancing abilities. For me, I chose to enjoy the eats of Greek culture with some Pastitsio, Dolmades, and Baklava. Support this local Greek Fair by following them on Facebook and liking them on Twitter. When the Greek have an occasion to celebrate, they will celebrate hard, as demonstrated whenever a Greek festival takes place.

The 67th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival returned this past Labor Day weekend to Assumption Greek Church on Pacific Coast Highway between Bellflower and Loynes. At this all-ages fair, visitors found a multitude of Greek foods & desserts, wine, beer, ouzo, and more to keep everyone entertained throughout the holiday weekend. Complete with merchandise, food, dessert, drinks, music, dance, rides, exhibits, and more, this annual fair brings a wealth of things for you, your friends, and your family to enjoy and make a lasting memory out of. While any visitor can participate in the dancing going on under the main tent, I opted to simply admire those who bravely stepped forth to display their Greek dancing abilities. For me, I chose to enjoy the eats of Greek culture with some Gyros and Ouzo. Support this local Greek Fair by following them on Facebook and liking them on Twitter.

The 67th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival & Cultural Event returns this Labor Day weekend to Assumption Greek Church on Pacific Coast Highway between Bellflower and Loynes. Open this Saturday through Monday from 12pm to 9pm each day, this all-ages festival will present a multitude of Greek foods & desserts, wine, beer, ouzo, and more to keep guests full. A tent will house a stage with live music and dance performances during the entire festival. Guests can participate in the dance too, as instructors will provide free lessons to anyone willing to try. A full carnival zone will contain many rides and games to keep kids occupied while you get your ouzo on. Guests may also take a stroll through the church to observe the artifacts that they possess.

I highly suggest spending quite some time here, as this festival has much to do. A large portion of this festival takes place outdoors with limited shade, so attendees should prepare with sunscreen and attire for warm weather. Hydrate well for this festival, as the warm weather combined with flavorful food can quickly dehydrate a person. The website does not specify the entry fee, but it has cost up to $5 in the past. Speaking of which, come with extra cash, as most of the vendors here only accept cash, including the entry gate. Attendees should NOT park in the church’s neighborhood. Instead, guests should park at the nearby VA Hospital on 7th Street, where a complimentary shuttle to transport guests to the festival and back to the parking lot.

Looking for something fulfilling and entertaining to do this weekend? You have a 3-day weekend, so make the most of it by visiting the Long Beach Greek Festival with your friends and family. To see what else they have in store for the upcoming weekend, check out the Long Beach Greek Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

The 38th Annual Taste Of Greece returned this past weekend to St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine. At this all-ages fair, visitors found a multitude of Greek foods & desserts, wine, beer, ouzo, vendors, music, and more to keep everyone entertained throughout the weekend. Complete with merchandise, food, dessert, drinks, music, dance, rides, exhibits, and more, this annual fair brings a wealth of things for you, your friends, and your family to enjoy and make a lasting memory out of. While any visitor can participate in the dancing going on under the main tent, I opted to simply admire those who bravely stepped forth to display their Greek dancing abilities. For me, I chose to enjoy the eats of Greek culture with some Greek BBQ Pork, Loukanico, Saganaki, Galaktoboureko, and Baklava. Support this local Greek Fair by following them on Facebook. When the Greek have an occasion to celebrate, they will celebrate hard, as demonstrated whenever a Greek festival takes place.

The 2016 Orange County Greek Festival returned this past weekend to St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim. At this all-ages fair, visitors found a multitude of Greek foods & desserts, wine, beer, ouzo, vendors, music, and more to keep everyone entertained throughout the weekend. Complete with merchandise, food, dessert, drinks, music, dance, rides, exhibits, and more, this annual fair brings a wealth of things for you, your friends, and your family to enjoy and make a lasting memory out of. While any visitor can participate in the dancing going on under the main tent, I opted to simply admire those who bravely stepped forth to display their Greek dancing abilities. For me, I chose to enjoy the eats of Greek culture with some Pastitsio, Dolmades, and Baklava. Support this local Greek Fair by following them on Facebook and liking them on Twitter. When the Greek have an occasion to celebrate, they will celebrate hard, as demonstrated whenever a Greek festival takes place.

The VinDiego Wine & Food Festival returns for its fourth year this weekend at Liberty Station in San Diego. This two-day event allows wine enthusiasts to immerse themselves in wine culture, whether at a seminar, a small-scale tasting, or at the grand tasting festival. Friday will see smaller events with low limits to keep things intimate with the attendees, while the Saturday event will see thousands of attendees sipping and savoring all afternoon. The Saturday tasting event provides attendees with three hours (four with VIP upgrade) of unlimited wine pours and food samples from the participating businesses. As wine tends to have a larger consumer base than craft beer, this festival covers much more ground than a typical beer fest. General admission presale costs $105 and allows entry at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $135 and allows entry at 3pm. The festival ends promptly at 7pm. No one under 21 may attend the event. The surrounding areas have free parking lots, but these fill up fast, so I suggest carpooling plus arriving early to secure a parking spot.

The entire festival grounds at NTC Liberty Station spans the outside courtyard area, plus the interior of the event center. Starting off with the event center building, a variety of exhibitors usually set up at the tables inside. The exhibitors include a handful of wineries, plenty of non-hot food samples, a few non-alcoholic drinks, and merchandise vendors.

The majority of the attendees tend to remain outside in the courtyard area, where most of the wineries set up. Along with the few hot food vendors out here serving hot food, all the wineries group up by region. Each individual row of wineries comes from a different region, most of which derives from the west coast. For example, one row of wineries would represent Napa Valley, while another row would contain wineries from Oregon. Throughout the day, attendees can enjoy live local music that they can all dance to.

The VinDiego Festival markets this event as a wine & food festival. In the past, they did not appear to have enough food to satiate all the attendees. The hot food vendors saw endless lines of people waiting for food, and many of them ran out of food long before the event ended. The last time I attended VinDiego, I never had to wait for any wine, but I did not obtain much food due to the long lines that moved rather slowly. As a result, I stuck with the food vendors inside the event center, opting to not receive any hot food. Hopefully VinDiego will invite some more food vendors to the festival this time.

The wines flow all day, never appearing to run out. With enough wine to fill a football stadium, VinDiego does not slack off with the wine. This event does not utilize volunteers to pour the drinks – the representatives from the wineries themselves pour the wines. This allows them to better describe the wines as they poured, a notion that greatly assists those with less knowledge about wine, like me.

While San Diego represents the craft beer capital of the west coast, VinDiego proves that San Diego has a strong wine presence as well. Craft beer still has yet to curb a large portion of consumer purchases worldwide, while wine already sits up there as one of the most purchased consumer goods annually. Whether you have as much knowledge as a sommelier or would like to get started with wine, VinDiego makes a great event to check out for all your wine resources. Like their Facebook page and Follow them on Twitter for event updates and information regarding any future events.