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.
Greek Day 2013 Event Highlights
Close to two dozen food vendors serving authentic Greek food and much more! Experience Greek Souvlaki, gyros, roast lamb, savoury and sweet filo pastries, Greek salads, saganaki, and the always popular Loukoumades.
Hellenic Experience Tent:
Experience the many flavours of Greece. Sample Greek olives, olive oil, Greek Cheeses, Greek Coffee, and more.
Boutari Wines Cooking Tent:
Dazzling cooking demonstrations with local Greek Chefs and learn how to prepare some of the exquisite cuisine and delicacies found all over Greece.
Athenian Agora Market Place:
Haggle a price and strike a bargain! Discover treasures, trinkets, and more.
Folkloric performances, live music, Greek dance lessons and an evening concert.
Long & Mcquade Stage:
Don’t miss the VanGreeks talent show!
Arts and crafts, growing a kid’s herb garden, bouncy rides, face painting, balloons, plus much more.
Kits Neighborhood House Baby Change Station:
This one is for mom and dad; a kiosk offering privacy for changing your baby and a few quiet moments for the family.
Find what you’re looking for using this handy event map.
Greek Day 2013 takes place on West Broadway between MacDonald and Blenheim Sunday, June 23 from 11am to 9pm. Entry is free.
Last modified: July 2, 2013