Greek Day in Kitsilano in the 1980s
During summer in Vancouver, it seems like there’s a new street festival every weekend. Often, there is. Greek Day 2013– a free Greek-themed cultural festival– is coming up in Kitsilano on Sunday, June 23. Greek Day is your chance to dance in circles, bellow “opa!” and consume too many spanakopita.
As you probably know from shopping on West Broadway, Kitsilano neighbourhood is home to Vancouver’s Greek immigrant population. The massive street party celebrating Greek culture, which drew a crowd of 100,000 people last year, will close four blocks of West Broadway from MacDonald to Blenheim from 11am to 9pm.
Greek Day, much like Commercial Drive’s Italian Day, is a free event that’s perfect for families (there’s even a baby change station) looking for fun things to do on the weekend. The entertainment line-up includes live Greek folk music, invigorating dancing lessons, a Greek talent show, a Greek food tasting tent, cooking demos, Greek food carts, an artisan market and a pretty rocking kids zone with Greek crafts, face painting and a bouncy castle.
Find the full list of Greek Day 2013 festival highlights after the jump. Read more ›
Editor’s note: I’d like to introduce our newest and youngest blogger: Little Locavore Liam. Liam is an 11-year-old Kitsilano resident. One day, he hopes to be a chef. Liam will blog about local restaurants, as well as his hands-on food learning experiences. He focuses on chefs and restaurants that use local ingredients. Read about Liam’s experience making doughnuts at the new Lucky’s Doughnuts below.
Making Doughnuts at Lucky’s in Kitsilano
Yesterday, I went to Lucky’s Doughnuts, located at West 4th and Yew. I met with Colter, the baker doughnut maker.
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I used to go to Poke Community Acupuncture on Main Street to get my “acupuncture fix”. I love their big open room and circle of lazy boys and blankets where you can plop done and be seen by a certified acupuncturist.
Some people have asked me if it was weird being treated with other people in the room. My answer is no as long as you keep all your clothes on, get cozy in your chair, get treated by your acupuncturist and then just zone out for a while. The very best part is that they make it accessible to almost everyone by providing treatments on a sliding scale. Read more ›
While the entire city celebrates Car-Free Day on Sunday, June 16, Kitsilano does things differently. Main Street, Commercial Drive and the West End will close down their thoroughfares to traffic and have live music, food carts, street hockey, street chalk art, kids’ zones and more on Sunday. In Kitsilano, we’ve got a handful of Kitsilano Car-Free Day block parties on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 where ever Kitsilano residents have found the spirit to host them. Read more ›
I had a soft spot for Transylvanian: a quaint eastern European restaurant formerly at Arbutus and West Broadway. We loved their cabbage rolls and they were surprisingly receptive to small children. Nonetheless, they have closed and a new Thai restaurant has taken their place.
Thai Benjarong Cuisine has recently opened, serving up stir fry, curry, soup, and other Thai favourites. The restaurant prides itself on being an authentic Thai restaurant: no fusion or modern spins. Most mains on the menu are around $12 and all lunch specials are under $9.
Thai Benjarong Cuisine, 2120 West Broadway, 604 730 0880, Benjarongcuisine.com
Between Kits Car-Free Days (Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16) and Vancouver Draw Down (Saturday, June 15) there are lots of opportunities to get out there and create this weekend.
Here’s another event for you: Kits Eco-Arts is hosting their second workshop for RoundAbout Kits–a neighbourhood small grants project to encourage Kits residents to animate their gardens to build community connections. The workshop is a part of the Car-Free Day Block Party at 1st and Trafalgar. It includes making a sign to invite your neighbours (and bees and butterflies) to enjoy your garden, as well as some bee and butterfly habitat 101. It takes place Saturday, June 15, 3-5pm. The weather office predicts a glorious sunny day with 23 degree weather. Read more ›
Kitsilano’s Regal Beagle turns 16 years old today and they’re celebrating. Join them this evening as they say thank you to the community for making the Beagle a favorite local watering whole over the years.
Head over between 5pm and 8pm June 13 for a complimentary beverage, appetizers and live music featuring the Blue Plate All Stars (more info here).
Kitsilano.ca would also like to thank the Regal Beagle for becoming our first Community Sponsor in the Pub category. Read more ›
Warning: This post will make you hungry.
Procuring healthy foods in Kitsilano is not a difficult task. Our neighbourhood is overflowing with wonderful restaurants, cafes, and grocers. The much-anticipated Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods restaurant is now open on the corner of Cypress Street and West 4th Avenue, bringing yet another fresh-fare focused option to the westside. Read more ›
Vancouver Draw Down, on Saturday June 15, is a day-long city-wide celebration of drawing. With more than 35 free workshops at venues across the city, including the Kitsilano Community Centre, there’s something for everyone no matter your technical ability.
I loved art class at school but my poor mum had to exhibit some woeful paintings and pottery to spare my feelings. And as an adult I shy away from drawing because of my clear lack of talent. So when I learned the Draw Down workshops are about process and pleasure and not technical skill, I was delighted I’d get to take part.
The free, hands-on workshops, led by professional artists, will cover a range of artistic expressions, from murals to doodling, sketching, still life, font creation, and more. Artist Sydney Hermant will be leading a liquid light workshop at the Kitsilano Community Centre, from 1:00-3:00 pm, June 15. Why not join her and use techniques developed for psychedelic overhead projection in the 1960s to create and trace moving murals while enjoying a psych-rock playlist. Read more ›
Let’s face it: nine months of the year in Vancouver are wet and gray. Once the sun comes out, everyone wants to visit Vancouver, particularly Kitsilano.
Kitsilano Beach recently made Reuters list of Top 10 City Beaches Around The World for an urban summer holiday. It came on sixth after hotspots including Copacabana in Rio, Waikiki in Honolulu, Cape Town’s Camps Bay and Barceloneta in Barcelona.
Here’s the listing: Read more ›