Shouts of “Opa!” and dancing will fill West Broadway in Kitsilano on Greek Day, June 24. This free, family-friendly festival is a homage to the Greek community’s 100-year presence in Vancouver and Greek contributions to international civilization. I think the Greek deserve a little credit, don’t you?
With over 23 food vendors, a Greek wine tasting tent and an Olive Iliad tasting bar, it’s easy to sum up the exuberant celebration as a foodie event. But Greek Day also boasts music, art and tons of culture.
Linger by one of the live music stages. Shop in the Athenian Agora. Make a mosaic or an olive wreath in the Kids’ Zone. Take load off in the Family Picnic Area.
Find out all you need to know about Greek Day on Broadway 2012 after the jump.
I’ll start with the Greek Day food line up because the choices are overwhelming. Vancouver chef Harry Kambolis of Nu Greek restaurant will do live cooking demos. Eight food vendors will serve Greek wines with food, which adults can sip while inside the enclosed street festival area from Blenheim to MacDonald. As mentioned above, Olive Iliad tasting bar in the Hellenic Experience Tent is a must-visit.
Savoury and sweet Greek delicacies available at Greek Day vendors include: souvlaki, gyros (lamb, pork or chicken or veggie), loukaniko (Greek sausage) wraps, soutzoukakia (greek meatball) wraps, Greek fries with feta and oregano, dolmades, spanakopita, tiropita, watermelon & feta salad, tzatziki dip, Greek yogurt with baklava crumble, loukoumades (honey doughballs), baklava and bougatsa.
For cultural activities and entertainment, check out this Greek Day map which will help you navigate from the Main Stage (with live music, dancing lessons and folklore presentations) to the Athenian Agora, the Kids’ Zone, and picnic and restroom areas.
Greek Day takes place Sunday, June 24, from 11am to 9pm, on West Broadway between Blenheim and MacDonald. Entry is free and over 100,000 Vancouverites turn out to celebrate each year.