The eleventh annual Greekfest is coming to downtown Sarnia this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (August 4 – 6, 2017) and organizers are promising this will be the biggest and best Greekfest yet.
The municipal parking lot between Christina Street and Front Street is this year’s Greekfest headquarters and Christina Street will be closed from Cromwell Street to Lochiel Street allowing the festival to expand.
For Greekfest, more space means more fun.
“There’s quite a few new things this year,” said Ashley Tanguay, an event organizer from Memorable Moments helping with Greekfest.
New this year is a kids-zone filled with inflatables and a vendor market with nearly 25 vendors selling everything from handmade crafts and jewelry to frozen yogurt and sweet treats.
The Hellenic Community of Sarnia and Vicinity, who hosts the annual event, is offering a full menu of Greek food including gyros, souvlaki, Greek sausage, Greek meatballs known as kefteth, and cheese pies in phyllo pastry called tiropites. The group is also offering a beverage tent with domestic beers, “Zeus juice,” wine, and ouzo– an anise-flavoured spirit popular in Greece.
A complete food menu can be found on the Greekfest website.
In a nod to Canada’s multicultural spirit, Greekfest will be exhibiting more than just Greek culture. Irish and Fillipino style dances are scheduled to perform as well as Zumba demonstrations, live music, DJs, and a fashion show.
“There’s something for everybody,” said Tanguay.
Tanguay said she expects around 7000 people to visit Greekfest throughout the weekend. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
The event kicks off Friday at 4 p.m. and at noon on both Saturday and Sunday.
Greekfest is still looking for volunteers and Tanguay said it’s a great chance high school students to log volunteer hours. Anyone wanting to volunteer can contact organizers through the Greekfest website, or show up and tell someone they’re there to help.
To learn more about Greekfest, or to see a full schedule of performers, visit the Greekfest website.