5/18/2012 03:24:00 PM

Weekend Food Events in the Bay Area

San Francisco's annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration is the world's largest, photo by Zaide J. Packingan
From Bay to Breakers and Makers Faire to Food Revolution Day and Cochon 555 (which, BTW still has tickets left), there’s no shortage of cool weekend events happening in the Bay.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: The three-day long Oakland Greek Festival is your big fat chance to feast on moussaka, baklava and flaming saganaki, then dance your best Zorba imitation. In addition to food and drink (mmm, retsina), the makeshift marketplace will feature live music, replica tchotkes and dance performances (Friday and Saturday 10 AM-11 PM, Sunday 11 AM-9 PM, at the $6 at the door, free for kids 12 and under, Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave, more info). 

Saturday: The eighth annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration hosts crafts, family activities and a parade through Little Saigon, but frankly, we can't stop thinking about the food. On deck are cooking demos by celebrity chefs Martin Yan and Charles Phan (Slanted Door), traditional eats by Nombe, Saigon Sandwiches and Irma’s Pampanga, plus a plethora of pan-Asian food trucks including JapaCurry, Seoul on Wheels and The Chairman Truck (11 AM-6 PM, Civic Center area; festival is free, food sold separately, more info).

Saturday: Oenophiles will have a legitimate excuse to join the tourists at Ghirardelli Square this weekend, where the seventh-annual Uncorked wine festival will be held. The event will feature seminars, chef demonstrations and our very own Zagat Lounge (where participants can vote in the Zagat Nightlife Survey for a chance to win a $350 dining experience). And, of course, there's the access to unlimited tastings of more than 50 top-shelf California wines (1-6 PM, event is free but wine tasting is $50 per person; Ghirardelli Square; more info).

Sunday: If you don’t want to cross the bridge to attend Cochon 555 (also taking place on Sunday), East Bayers can get their pig on at Adesso in Oakland, which ushers in its seasonal Sunday Pig Parties. The all-you-can-eat pig out will feature spit-roasted hams, porchetta and sausages, plus a smattering of side salads to help it all go down at little bit more smoothly. (2-6 PM, $30 per person, drinks not included tickets are available at the door or in advance at Adesso or sister spot Dopo, more info).


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