The Annual Greek Fest Fun for
The Whole Family
VICTORIA, BC – Families looking for fun activities this August will love the fabulous food, and exciting entertainment at the Annual Victoria Greek Fest. Two fun weekends to enjoy the festival! Plus, admission is free – Opa!
Greek Fest offers an array of authentic Greek food, deserts, baked goods as well as a Greek deli. There are also family activities including a heritage exhibit, arts and crafts and face-painting. Greek Fest also features continuous live music and folk dancing from more than 25 different groups from cultures including Greek, Middle Eastern, European and more. Two of this year’s performing groups are coming all the way from Greece: the Elkelam group from Athens.
Now in its 15th year, Greek Fest is the Greek Community Society’s largest annual fundraiser. More than 20,000 people attended last year’s festival, and more are expected to attend this year. The festival will take place rain or shine – thanks to the festival’s large covered tents.
This year the society is once again partnering with Saanich Fire Department to raise funds for the Hot Lunch Program, which provides food for needy school children in the Victoria area. Proceeds from Greek Fest will help give children hot lunch year round.
CELEBRATE OUR FAITH, CULTURE AND HERITAGE
You may want to take a break from the festivities by taking a guided tour of our Church, which will be open to the public throughout the our Festival. The Victoria and Vancouver Island Greek Community Society invites you to learn about the history and traditions of our Orthodox Christian faith, and view our recently completed iconography which spans across most of our Church.
Icons serve to illustrate the Bible as well as highlight the presence of heaven to us in our worship. We don’t worship the icons. But we do use them as vital tools to draw near to God, His servants and illustrate key tenets of our faith.
We hope that you will not only experience the exciting food, festivities and culture, but will take a moment to learn about our Church, which is the cornerstone in our community’s life.
- Seaman Juan De Fuca (Ioannis Focas) – The first GREEK to arrive in 1592;
- The Greek seaman Kapiotis who settled at Fort Victoria and married Marrie-Ann, the daughter of a Songhees Chief. His grand-daughter, Orsa, married John Douglas, grandchild to B.C.’s first governor Sir James Douglas
- The Greek fishing village that operated some 120 years ago at Johnson Street in Victoria.