The Vancouver Greek Summer Festival is an annual celebration of food,
entertainment,and family fun, from the famous “Roast Lamb” and “Loukoumades” (a specialty Greek dessert)to the dozens of live singers and dancers on the Performance Stage to face-painting for the children(and adults!).
The first Greek Summer Festival was held in 1987 as a small weekend event, attended mostly by members of the St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Church as a fundraiser for the church. Since then, the festival (now simply known as “Greek Fest”) has grown to 10 days over two weekends, encompassing the Canada Day Holiday.
It is now attended by almost 40,000 people from all areas of the culturally diverse Lower Mainland, as well as many visitors from around the world.
Greek Fest has always been free to attend and is run entirely by volunteers. All proceeds go back to the community, whether to finish the church or to various charities and community organizations. In the past, Greek Fest has supported St. John Ambulance,Collingwood Neighborhood House, BC Children’s Hospital, and the Vancouver Fire Fighters Burn Fund and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC and Yukon.
To help serve the members of the community better, the St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Church will be starting a multi-year,multi-million dollar project to build a Community Centre. This Community Centre will be home to a Greek Orthodox School, and will also include a gymnasium and meeting rooms for various after-school and sports activities and programs open to everyone.
Proceeds from Greek Fest over the next few years will be instrumental in bringing this project to fruition.
Join us from June 29th to July 11th 2010 to Live a Day the Greek Way!