We offer a variety of Greek food – from the traditional to the wacky. Treat yourself to souvlaki, gyro, moussaka, or even a Greek poutine! If you can’t be in Greece, you can taste it at Ottawa GreekFest!
Nothing will satisfy your sweet tooth more than one of our delicious Greek desserts. A favourite is Baklava: layers of buttered filo pastry with ground walnuts, topped with a honey syrup. Another must-try are our mouth-watering, hand-made 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 be careful – the grinds are not to be drunk!
LIVE GREEK MUSIC
Greek musicians help bring the feeling of Greece to the Festival. What makes Greek music so unique and festive is the sound of the bouzouki. There is no other instrument like it. When combined with other instruments, you can’t help but tap your feet and sing along!
THE ZORBA SHOW
GreekFest’s world-famous Zorba Show transports the audience to a Greek taverna where men and women dance with passion, energy, and sometimes even sadness.
It’s a high-impact show with high kicks, plate-breaking, and even fire! It absolutely cannot be missed.
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 costumes.
At #OttawaGreekFest, we take pride in showcasing not only our own Greek culture, but those around the world!
Monday August 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm:
- Russia: Dance Ensemble “Kalinka”
- Peru: Grupo Folklórico “Contigo Perú” Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada
- Colombia: Fusion Folklorica Esmeraldas de Colombia Ottawa-Gatineau
- Venezuela: Venezuelan Folklore Dance Group: Churún Merú
Thursday August 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm:
OLIVE OIL TASTING
A presentation of various Greek olive oils and pairings. Check the schedule for times.
Want to learn how to cook Greek food? Attend one of our cooking demonstrations to learn about Greek cuisine and have your questions answered!
Check the schedule for times.
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.
Pay a visit inside the Hellenic Event Centre where you’ll find the Artisans Court. A variety of products for sale including paintings, crafts, and food from local artists and shop owners.
MONESTERAKI (SOUVENIR SHOP)
Make sure to visit our Monasteraki for some great mementos from GreekFest.
WHY WE CELEBRATE
August 15th is a very special day in the Ecclesiastical calendar and for our Greek community. It is the name day of our Church – The Dormition 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 “Theotokos” is a Greek word which literally translates as “God-bearer”, 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.
It is a big day in Greece, with religious ceremonies followed by feasts and celebrations in towns and villages all across the country. We use the celebration as a way to share our Greek culture with the Ottawa community and welcome all to join us!