Insider's Guide to Pittsburgh Greek Food Festivals

Insider's Guide to Pittsburgh Greek Food Festivals

When it comes to Greek food, it's not all Greek to me.

Names like spanakopita, moussaka, pastitsio speak to me just like the Sirens spoke to hungry sailors in the Odyssey. But without the evil overtones. Except for the Ouzo hangover and maybe the calories.

Greek food festival season normally runs from May-early Sept. each year in Pittsburgh at locations throughout the city and surrounding neighborhoods. To make life easy and maximize the time you can fill up on loukoumades (my personal favorite of bite-size donut balls drizzled with honey and cinnamon) here's your guide to the 2023 Greek food festival season.

Visiting this page after festival season? Hit up Christo's or The Simple Greek in Downtown Pittsburgh for these flavors year-round.

St. Nicholas Greek Food Festival

May 7-13, 2023 | Menu | Order Online

The Greek food festival season officially kicks off at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland with a weeklong food festival with fantastic food and music until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. It's easy to make a day of visiting this festival, too, with the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History, Cathedral of Learning and Schenley Park all just short walk from the festival. In just one bite you'll see why this festival has now been going on for 61 years.

Pro Tip: Head inside to find the dinners and a la carte options (their spanakopita and green beans yiahni are my two favorites) or go to the outdoor grill for gyros, Greek fries and salads.

All Saints Greek Food Festival

June 5-9, 2023

Greek dancing, live music, tons of vendors, and, oh yeah, the food is incredible too. Dolmathes (stuffed graped leaves), spanakopita (phyllo layers filled with spinach and feta cheese) and rizogalo (rice pudding) are just some of the many highlights at the All Saints Greek Food Festival! Follow their page on Facebook to learn more.

Holy Cross Greek Food Festival

June 13-16, 2023 | Online Ordering Available

Celebrating 51 years in 2023, the Holy Cross Greek Food Festival will transport you across the ocean from Mt. Lebanon without ever leaving your table. You'll find all the favorites here along with new items added to the menu all the time. Last year, the baklava blizzard, a frozen spin on the classic dessert, and a Greek loukaniko sausage were new fan favorites! Don't leave without watching the saganaki (flaming cheese) demo. Follow on Facebook for more info.

Annual Greek Food & Music Festival

June 15-17, 2023

Delivering mouthwatering Greek classics to hungry Aliquippans for almost 50 years, Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church is a great stop northwest of the city. Grab their lamb shank for a full dinner served with orzo, salad and pita or find ala carte bliss with some of the best moussaka (eggplant and ground beef in a cream sauce) and pastitsio (the same but with pasta instead of eggplant) you'll find anywhere!

Oakmont Greek Festival

June 23-25, 2023 | Online Ordering and Curbside Available

This Greek festival is so good I plan my summer travel around it so I never have to miss a year. My recommendation is to get to the Oakmont Greek Festival early and have a plan: one to the dessert line, one to the drinks and one to the main courses, then meet at the table and enjoy all together. Follow your nose to some of the best loukoumades (honey balls, be generous on the cinnamon) in the region and their signature chicken alexis glazed, with fruit and honey.

I mean, come on!

Holy Trinity Greek Food Festival (Ambridge)

July 18-22, 2023

Opa! The Holy Trinity Greek Food Festival in Ambridge has five days of food and fun along with a live band Friday and Saturday for a truly raucous celebration. Their website is still being updated, so more info on this one as we get closer! Follow on Facebook until then.

Annual Savor the Flavors of Greece

July 21, 2023

You only have one day to enjoy this parish festival from Saint Spyridon in Monessen, but just trust me that it's worth the drive. Unique favorites here include the psari plaki (baked cod presented Greek style), giovetsi (orzo pasta and fresh veggies in a light tomato sauce) and gyros so good they have to sell them in their own tent! Follow them on Facebook for more info.

East Pittsburgh Greek Fest

July 27-29, 2023

Sunny afternoons, cool nights, no problem. The 39th Annual East Pittsburgh Greek Fest has a spacious indoor dining area at the Olympia Banquet Facility as well as an outdoor Grecian garden full of folk music and authentic dance that pairs perfectly with their gyros! Or, take a 1/2 pan of pastitsio or moussaka for Greek to-go.

Saint George

Aug. 26-27, 2023

More info on this festival in New Castle coming soon!

Holy Trinity "Taste of Greece" Festival (Pittsburgh)

Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2023

Cap off an outstanding Greek food festival season in McCandless Township right at the Taste of Greece festival! Shuttles at nearby UPMC Passavant GREEN Lot will drop you off to this free festival where the favorites of souzoukakla (Greek baked meatballs in a tomato wine sauce), souvlaki (marinated pork grilled on a skewer) keep the locals and thousands of visitors coming back each year.

Special thanks to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (Pittsburgh) for compiling this free guide and helping get the word out about all of this incredible food, culture and fun!

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