Richmond Greek Festival
Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral
30 Malvern Ave.
Second Place: Broad Appétit
Third Place: Richmond Folk Festival
Get me to the Greek … Festival! Where else can you spend a sunny afternoon outside with a few hundred like-minded lovers of Greek food, wine and culture, devouring gyros of warm, fresh pita crammed with seasoned lamb smothered in tzatziki, the yogurty, dilly, cucumbery garlic explosion that both overpowers and upgrades everything it touches? Virtuous portions of freshly prepared salty, lemony souvlaki, rich and creamy moussaka and pasticcio with whispers of cinnamon, and the pastries — namely the crunchy, sweet, nutty baklava — opa, indeed! The 40-year-old festival runs this year from May 28-31. If you want to sample a little bit of everything Richmond restaurants have to offer, Broad Appétit has the bases covered at a mere $3 per plate. And, of course, rain or shine, you can always merengue with meringues, shake, shimmy and snack the day away at the Richmond Folk Festival.