Go Greek at Greek Day on Broadway and Vancouver Greek Summerfest on Boundary

Vancouver Greek Summerfest on Boundary | Photo sourced from Facebook

Vancouver Greek Summerfest on Boundary | Photo sourced from Facebook

Get ready for all the souvlaki and spanakopita you can handle: two annual Greek festivals are about to kick off in Vancouver. While one takes place in East Vancouver and the other on the west side of the city, both feature food, dancing, and plenty of high spirits.

The best known is Greek Day on Broadway. The annual street party takes place this Sunday (June 28) and shuts down Kitsilano on West Broadway from MacDonald to Blenheim as people pour into the streets.

The free event, which is sponsored by the Hellenic Canadian Congress of B.C., attracts almost 100,000 revellers. There will be music and dance entertainment on two stages, and the street is lined with food vendors hawking favourites like loukoumades (honey dumplings).

Greek Day on Broadway on Facebook

Greek Day on Broadway on Facebook

Tents along the street offer more to see and do. The Hellenic Experience tent offers the opportunity to learn about a typical Greek village lifestyle while trying products like olive oil and cheeses.

At the cooking demo tent, a line of chefs take the stage to demonstrate recipes such as keftedes (Greek meatballs) and domaldes (rice bundles wrapped in grape leaves).

In the kids zone, look for bouncy rides, face-painting, and more.

Greek Day on Broadway takes place all day on June 28 from 11 a.m. right through to 9 p.m.

Greek Day on Broadway on Facebook | Photo credit Gail Stephen

Greek Day on Broadway on Facebook | Photo credit Gail Stephen

On the east side of the city, Vancouver Greek Summerfest runs for 10 days from July 2 to July 12. It has been taking place for over 30 years at the St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Church on Boundary Road (just south of 29th Avenue) on the Burnaby border.

While this festival has grown a lot, it isn’t as much of a crowd scene as the West Broadway one. However, it still pulls in almost 40,000 people over the 10 days.

Vancouver Greek Summerfest on Boundary | Photo sourced from Facebook

Vancouver Greek Summerfest on Boundary | Photo sourced from Facebook

Greek Summerfest’s schedule changes daily, and features music and dancing. It spans two weekends, running from noon to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and noon to 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

There’s no admission, and food is also a big draw with spit-roasted lamb in the festival’s outdoor kitchen and eating area. Check out the menu here.

Of course, you could visit both festivals. Have another loukoumade!

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