A pandemic won’t keep the Greek community from celebrating with food.
The annual Greek Fest that fills Elk and Beaver Lake parks is still a go this year for its usual weekends – Aug. 28 to 30 and Sept. 4 to 7. While there may be no cultural music and dancing, Greek Fest organizers are determined to celebrate, maintain continuity and raise funds for valuable community programs.
After working with Island Health, the team came up with a drive-thru Greek Fest.
Greek Fest funds programs such as hot lunch program for students in Greater Victoria and a sandwich program for those experiencing homelessness as well as language, dance and cooking classes at the community centre.
“I know a lot of people do come for the sense of community and sitting together enjoying entertainment and the weather, sharing a meal. That’s not going to be able to happen this year and that’s the case everywhere,” said Jim Koutougos, one of the organizers.
Food orders must be placed online at greekfest.ca with drive-thru pick up at the Greek Community Centre (4648 Elk Lake Dr.) in front of Commonwealth Place.
The museum collects and displays items sharing the history and genealogy of Greek immigrants to Vancouver Island with more than 400 donated artifacts, curator Wendy Smylitopoulos noted. The museum also has regular hours – available by registration as well – on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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