This year, weâ€™re thrilled to welcome internationally-renowned and award-winning Greek musician Pavlo!
Born in Toronto to Greek parents, Pavlo has made a name for himself by offering a musical amalgam he simply calls â€œMediterranean musicâ€ â€“ a blend of Greek, flamenco, Latin, and even Balkan flavours, wrapped in contemporary pop. His music has taken him all around the world.
Along the way, heâ€™s performed for the likes of Prince Charles and worked and toured with artists such as… JosÃ© Feliciano, Jon Secada, Olivia Newton-John and The Tenors.
You can catch Pavlo at Ottawa GreekFest August 15!
Cafe – Greek Desserts
Nothing will satisfy your sweet tooth more than one of our delicious Greek desserts. There are many different kinds of desserts to try, each offering its own sinful pleasure! Of course don’t feel you have to limit yourself to one, you can always work off the calories by dancing the night away!
One of the Festival favourites is Baklava. It consists of layer upon layer of buttered filo pastry with ground walnuts. Topped with a honey syrup.
Another MUST TRY is our mouth-watering Loukoumades. They are feather-light deep fried honey puffs, dipped in syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.
Don’t forget to order a greek coffee with your dessert to wash it all down, but please be careful, you aren’t supposed to drink the grinds at the bottom!!!!
Live Greek Music
One of the biggest highlights at the festival is the LIVE MUSIC! This year we will have feature bands that will help bring the feeling of Greece into our hearts. What makes greek music so unique and festive is the sound of the bouzouki. There is no other instrument like it. When you combine it with the other instruments in the band, you can’t help but tap your feet and sing along!
Traditional Greek Dancing
Traditional dance is deeply ingrained in Hellenic Culture. Our history is not only communicated and passed down through spoken word, but through the visual language of dance. Not only is the movement important, but so is the accompanying song whose lyrics focus on a number of topics and occasions. These include village society and daily life, relationships, loss, hope, war, and spirituality. Each region in Greece is unique and identifiable in its instrumentation and its traditional costume. We look forward to presenting to you the importance and relevance of folklore in our culture.
Greek Cooking Demonstrations
Our Artisans Court features a number of artists displaying their handcrafted work of Greece and Canada through their eyes. This is a must see when visiting GreekFest. If you haven’t been to Greece before or even if you have, the Artisans Court is a perfect place to lose yourself in the dream of being there!
Visit us inside the Hellenic Meeting & Reception Centre and possibly go home with a few new gems. Gorgeous scenery paintings, wooden ships, pottery, beautiful jewellery made with a selection of crystals and stones, etc. There is a little something for everyone.
Greek Orthodox Church Tour
The day would not be complete without taking a tour of our Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church.
We offer daily tours in English and French. Our helpful guides are always keen to answer any of your questions. We have a special tour just for kids on our family days! Please check the festival schedule for times.
Why do we celebrate August 15th?
August 15th is a very special day for our Greek community. It is the name-day of our Church The Dormition of the Virgin Mary.
In August, we begin to prepare ourselves for one of the most important Feast Days on the Ecclesiastical Calendar, the Falling Asleep of the Virgin Mary.
Her falling asleep in the Lord occurred on the 15th of August and therefore we celebrate this date as the day of the Repose (Dormition) of the Holy Mother, or in Greek, (Kimissis tis Theotokou). The word â€œTheotokosâ€ is a Greek word which literally translates as â€œGod-bearerâ€, which is another descriptive name for the Holy Mother.
In preparation for this solemn feast, Orthodox Christians observe a period of spiritual discipline during the first fifteen days of August. Persons named Maria, Mary, Panayiota (Peggy-Penny) Panayiotis (Peter), Despina or any other variation of these names, celebrate on this date.
Hey kids, there is so much to see & do here at GreekFest. Why not get your face painted, tour our church, play arcade games and enjoy yummy food.
We’ll be having visits from the Shrine Klowns, our local Fire Fighters doing demonstrations with their equipment, and special visits from Sparky and the CHEO Bear.
Family Day – Saturday, August 18thÂ from 12pm – 4pm, 2018
Souvenir Shop (Monasteraki)
Make sure to visit our Monasteraki for some great mementos from the Greek Festival. There is something for everyone! Whether you are looking for some jewelry or perhaps a Greek souvenir, the Monasteraki has it all!