(Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) – The Halifax, Nova Scotia Greek Festival in Canada will take place from June 9 to June 12, 2016. Admission is $5 for one day, $8 for the whole weekend, and is free for seniors aged 65 and over and children ages 10 and under. At the festival, participants can enjoy Greek food, music, dance, and other aspects of the culture. It is a time for people to come together and participate in the events while also supporting the local Greek community.
The annual festival has been going on since 1986. Inspired by tales by parishioner Lilian Meletides about her experiences attending Greek festivals in the United States, Saint George’s Greek Orthodox Church in Halifax decided to create a festival for their own community to enjoy. Organized by Father Elles, the priest at the time, and other community leaders such as Steve Panais and John Angelopoulos, the first festival was born. Community members say that at the time, they didn’t realize exactly how much work was needed to organize a festival of that magnitude and the first festival was surely a learning experience. Now in its 30th year, the festival has grown considerably since that first year, and is considered to be one of the biggest festivals in the area.
For many of the participants, the food is the biggest highlights. Prepared by members of the community, people can enjoy delicious Greek foods such as souvlaki, lamb, dolmades, moussaka, and spanakopita. You also won’t want to miss the Greek sweets, such as baklava, diples, and galaktobouriko. Many of the recipes prepared for the event have been handed down through the generations. Other festival events include dancing demonstrations, activities for the kids, and live Greek music. There will also be church tours given on a regular schedule.
The festival officially opens on Thursday, June 9 at 4 PM. On Friday June 10 it will open at 12 PM, Saturday June 11 it will start on 11 AM, and will open again on Sunday, June 12 at 12 PM. The festival closes each night at 11 PM. You can arrive at the festival through transportation from the park and ride located at Bayers Road Centre or you can park directly at the event location on Purcells Cove Road.