It’s 10 years since Sarnia Greekfest was first held and area organizers are looking forward to their return to downtown Sarnia, the second year the annual festival has been held in a municipal parking lot just south of the Scotiabank on Christina Street.
Moving to the downtown core has allowed the event to take place over a full weekend days, something that wasn’t possible or practical when it was located in the parking lot of the Greek Orthodox Church.
Allison Cadwallader, one of the organizers, said the focus for the festival, which starts in conjunction with First Friday, is community driven. “Because it’s downtown it’s a lot more visible and there’s more foot traffic,” she said.
Greekfest is partnering with Refined Fool, a local craft brewery, which has come up with “Zeus Juice” in honour of the event.
Greekfest organizers are also working with the Country Butcher at Northgate Plaza to make Greek sausages.
Live music, including a Greek band from Toronto—Seizmos—and DJ Back in Da Day Day (from Sarnia) are also part of the festivities.
Brian Slaughter from The Studio will be featuring Zumba on Saturday and Sunday and a variety of traditional Greek foods will be available on select days.
“But the beer is on tap all weekend,” said Cadwallader.
Other features will include face painting by The Painted Cat and a kids’ dance and Glee performance with Hidden Talents
Greekfest organizers are expecting about 2,500 people to attend the two-day event.