Opa! The annual Greek Fest is returning to Victoria for its first full occasion since 2019, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Admission to the competition is free, and there shall be dwell dancing, music, cultural excursions, and naturally meals.
The competition is situated on the Greek Neighborhood Centre at 4648 Elk Lake Dr., beside Commonwealth Place, and can run over two weekends – from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28, and from Sept. 2 to Sept. 5.
One of many returning highlights for Greek Fest is its meals, which will be ordered on the grounds or on-line for pickup.
“Identical to earlier years, Greek Fest is proud to function authentically roasted lamb, ready based on Greek custom… in addition to souvlaki, spanakopita, baklava, loukoumades and rather more,” mentioned the competition in a launch final week.
Historians can even be internet hosting excursions of the Greek Heritage Museum, which delve into a few of the impacts that Greek individuals have had on Vancouver Island.
Reveals embody the tales of Ioannis Focas, who organizers say was the primary Greek individual to reach in B.C. in 1592, and a Greek sailor named Kapiotis who got here to Fort Victoria within the nineteenth Century and married a member of the Songhees First Nation.
The museum additionally covers newer accounts of what the Greek immigrant expertise was like in B.C.
Organizers say Greek Fest is happening rain or shine, with tents being arrange in case of moist climate.
Greater than 18,000 individuals got here to final yr’s Greek Fest, organizers say, and the group hopes to beat that complete this yr.