Members of the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church are cooking up a storm, preparing for this weekend’s Ventura County Greek Festival. If you love all things Greek, there are several reasons you’ll want to hop on the 101 and head to Camarillo.
For starters, the food is delicious! Authentic dishes, prepared with love in the church’s kitchen. Gyros, pastichio (Greek lasagna), roast lamb and chicken, spinakopita, dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves) and, my favorite, saganaki (flaming cheese), are just some of the yummy dishes on the menu. The desserts are just as tasty, baklava, pastries and cookies, packaged to take home while they last.
There’s live music featuring the Olympians, Greek dancers, and everyone’s invited to get out on the dance floor. Dancers from The Greek at the Harbor perform, and the gorgeous Aris Mikelatos’ will perform his famous table dance (ladies, you won’t want to miss this!).
Another great feature of this festival is that it’s intimate, there’s plenty of free parking and it’s easy to stop by to enjoy a delicious meal, music, perhaps a little dancing, and be on your way. The weather in Camarillo is perfect year round, it’s cooler than Los Angeles, and sunnier than Ventura. Admission is $3, or print free admission tickets on their website. The Ventura County Greek Festival kicks off Friday night and runs through the weekend (June 22-24). Click here for festival hours and the event schedule.
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Camarillo is located off the 101 (Ventura) freeway, 30 minutes north of the San Fernando Valley and 20 minutes south of Ventura. So, if you’re heading up from Los Angeles, you could stop by the VC Greek Festival, then head up to the Ventura Harbor or Ventura Pier to enjoy the rest of your day.