Is it just me, or is there an abundance of cultural festivals coming up over the summer? Not that I’m complaining of course! We’ve already had Italian Day and the Car Free Days, but it doesn’t end there! It’s time to get planning….
Greek Day – Sunday, June 27th – West Broadway between Macdonald and Blenheim Streets
This year’s theme is Unearthing Our Legacy and was chosen to showcase how Greek Legacy has shaped culture around the world. There are lots of new things for 2010 to look out for, such as: Athenian Agora (a marketplace where vendors and dressed in togas and ready for you to bust out your haggling skills); Super Paradise Disco (Get your groove on to DJs spinning Euro House and Greek Music); and a Cooking Demo Zone (featuring roaming celebrity chefs and members of the community). Of course there will be lots of delicious Greek to munch on! Moussaka, spanakopita, loukoumades…. the list goes on. But stay away from the roast lamb stand – it’s all mine!
Canada Day – Thursday, July 1st – Various Locations
Powell Street Festival – Saturday, July 31st and Sunday, August 1st – Oppenheimer Park
The Powell Street Festival (in the heart of Japantown) is an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, culture and heritage that features something for everyone: dance, music, film and video, visual arts, martial arts demos, amateur sumo tournament, craft vendors, traditional displays and Japanese food. I am definitely hanging out for the fresh takoyaki (octopus fritters) and okonomiyaki (savoury grilled pancakes with cabbage and other delights). You can even walk around the festival with your ipod on without people looking at you like you’re being antisocial – the festival will have a site-specific PodPlay by Neworld Theatre aka your very own private audio play!
Latin Summer Fest – Sunday, August 15th – Trout Lake Park
Expect a lot of colour and spontaneous dancing at this one! Shop your way through the import market, eat your way through the food pavilions and then dance it all off at the outdoor stage where artists from Flamenco to Cuban Rueda will be performing. I can’t wait to get my hands on my new favourite street snack, pupusas (stuffed tortillas).
Philippine Summer Festival – Saturday, August 28th & Sunday, August 29th – Richmond Olympic Oval
Get on board for the first Philippe Summer Festival to be held in British Columbia. Three years in the making, this festival is expected to be the largest province-wide celebration of the Filipino community. The festival will feature over 100 food and merchandise stalls, rides, stage, a children’s play area and a trade and arts corner. Of course there will be plenty of singing, dancing and parades galore. Don’t worry, I didn’t forget the food – plenty of bbq chicken and pork, chicken adobo and beef stew in peanut sauce.
TaiwanFest – Saturday, September 4th to Monday, September 6th – Plaza of Nations and Saturday, September 4th to Wednesday, September 8th – Vancouver Public Library
Look forward to plenty of fashion runway shows, music from rockin’ Taiwanese indie bands, and famous chefs creating famous Taiwanese dishes using West Coast ingredients. Don’t miss tasting some delectable Taiwanese treats – oar jien (oyster omlettes), tempura rolls, taro balls and tung-yi (similar to crème brûlée)
It’s quite possible that both my mouth and my wallet will need to go on a diet after this summer!
What other fun festivals are happening over the summer that we should all know about?