Canadians Were a Hit at Food-For-Good Festival in Kalamaria, Thessaloniki (photos)

The Canadian table at the annual ethnic Food-for-Good Festival in Kalamaria, Thessaloniki was a huge success this year, thanks to an overwhelming number of volunteers of all ages, who came out to help.

The festival, which is hosted by the Women of the Five Continents, took place on June 10 at Plaz Aretsou.

Canadians served exactly 164 mouth-watering servings of a combo of various meatballs and salads.

As it turns out, the meatballs with sauces were a definite favourite, as well as spicy apple chutney, which was served with the sauce-less meatballs. The salad bar was ‘cleaned out’, and the few trays of meatballs that were left were donated to the Children’s Village in Filiro.

There were 40 countries that took part in this year’s festival, some of which also featured song and dance numbers on stage.

Although approximately 1,600 food-and-drink tickets were sold, the attendance was even larger.

All proceeds from the festival went to Children’s Village Filiro and after expenses and including €2,000 ($2,317) each in donations of goods from Masoutis and Elinika Market as well as from other sponsors, the total that went to the charity was approximately €19,000.

Friends of Canada who participated included:

• Janet Koniordos and Pam Karatzas – Canada table co-coordinators

• Elizabeth Adamidis, Olga Avramidou, Kay Bash, Nancy Camche, Melody Chuang, John and Kathryn Coutsocostas, Stelios Karatzas, Stavros Krezas, Thodoros and Maria Maniakas with Eleftheria, Giannis Paleokostas, Eleni Petmeza, Maria Stefaidou, and Sotiria Stefanidou – Volunteers

• Pantelis and Dora Petmezas –  Canadian consul in Thessaloniki

• Stephen El Azab (Counsellor and Consul), Areti Velissariou (Senior Consular Program Officer) and Helena Dadami (Consular Program Officer/Citizenship and Passport) – Canadian embassy staff

And lastly, Kathryn Lukey-Coutsocostas, who in 2015, was awarded with a Maple Leaf Citation from the Canadian Embassy for her ongoing contributions – personally and professionally – towards the promotion of friendly relations between both the Canadian and expatriate community in Greece and Greek society, as well as for the creation of both the Hellenic Canadian Friendship Association network in Thessaloniki and the Friends of Canada network in Athens, was one of the official photographers for the festival.