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Surrey Greek Food Festival

Surrey Greek Food Festival

The Surrey Greek Food Festival is a free annual event that features Greek food, dancing, music and other entertainment in a giant outdoor tent facility.

Greek Food Festival

It takes place outside at the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Surrey and attracts several thousand people over the course of the 10-day event.

Where and When

The Surrey Greek Food Festival takes place under giant canopied tents outside Surrey’s Greek Orthodox Church at 13181 96th Avenue.

In 2018 the Surrey Greek Food Festival celebrates its 27th year from Friday, June 8, until Sunday, June 17.

The event runs from about 4 to 10 pm on weekdays and from noon until 10 pm on the Saturdays and Sundays. Scheduled entertainment begins between about one hour and two-and-a-half hours after opening each day.

Alexander the Great Greek Dancers
Alexander the Great Greek Dance Group

What to Expect

The Surrey Greek Food Festival is a food festival, so expect it to be all about food. It’s a fundraiser for the church and community and it’s a fairly simple event, but lots of fun.

At the event everyone from the local Greek community comes out to volunteer in the kitchen, serve the meals and provide the entertainment, and hundreds of folk from the greater community come out to join them for the food, music and festive dancing.

The festival is really just a large outdoor restaurant – like something you might find at a beach resort in Greece perhaps. There are rows of tables, lots of people at prime times like on the weekends, plus music and the dancing. If you like Greek food, it’s a great venue, a fun place at busy times and all for a good cause.

There is no admission cost to the Surrey Greek Food Festival – you just pay for your food. Opa!

Greek Food Festival Ordering Station

Greek Food Festival Menu

The menu at the festival usually includes chicken and pork souvlaki, pita wraps, beef gyros, lamb dinners, calamari, spanakopita, Greek salad, Greek coffee, Greek beer, and desserts like baklava and doughnut-like loukoumades.

Meals range from about $6 for a wrap up to $18 for a full lamb dinner, or, for big parties, you can even get a full BBQ lamb for $300. Desserts are tasty and cost between $5 and $6.

Greek Food Fest Dancing

Greek Festival Entertainment

At the Surrey Greek Food Festival there is a large stage with live entertainment and, between performances, lots of loud and festive Greek music.

On weekdays there are a couple of performances scheduled most evenings, including various dance groups and bands.

On the weekends there are additional performances, and between scheduled entertainment there are sometimes just children or adult volunteers from the kitchen doing informal dances.

2018 Performance Schedule

Below is the entertainment schedule for the Surrey Greek Food Festival in 2018. (Note: Times and performer details are subject to change.)

Friday, June 8, 2018

  • 6:00 pm – Diaspora Fasolakia (Juniors)
  • 6:30 pm – Diaspora Seniors
  • 7:00 pm – Diaspora Adults
  • 8:00 pm – Diaspora Seniors
  • 8:30 pm – Diaspora Adults
  • 9:00 pm – Open Dancing for All

Saturday, June 9, 2018

  • 1:00 pm – Diaspora Fasolakia (Juniors)
  • 2:00 pm – Alexia
  • 2:30 pm – Diaspora Juniors
  • 3:00 pm – Diaspora Seniors
  • 4:30 pm – Diaspora Juniors
  • 5:00 pm – Tharros Greek Dance Academy/Greek Orthodox Community of East Vancouver
  • 6:00 pm – HCV-ENOSIS
  • 6:30 pm – Diaspora Seniors
  • 7:00 pm – Zephyros Hellenic Dance Society (Juniors)
  • 7:30 pm – Diaspora Adults
  • 8:00 pm – Open Dancing for All

Sunday, June 10, 2018

  • 12:30 pm – Mlada Srbadija Folklore Ensemble (Serbian)
  • 1:00 pm – Rancho Folklorico de Cristo
  • 2:00 pm – Zumba with Adela
  • 2:30 pm – Diaspora Fasolakia (Juniors)
  • 3:00 pm – Mexico Vivo Dance Group
  • 3:30 pm – Diaspora Seniors
  • 4:00 pm – Opening Ceremonies
  • 5:00 pm – Diaspora Adults
  • 5:30 pm – Tharros Greek Dance Academy/Greek Orthodox Community of East Vancouver
  • 6:30 pm – Zephyros Hellenic Dance Society (Adults)
  • 7:00 pm – Diaspora Seniors
  • 7:30 pm – Diaspora Adults
  • 8:00 pm – Open Dancing for All

Monday, June 11, 2018

  • 7:00 pmAkylina Pardalis
  • 7:45 pm – Taylor Tabernero
  • 8:00 pm – Open Dancing for All

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

  • 8:00 pm – Open Dancing for All

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

  • 7:00 pm – Diaspora Adults
  • 8:00 pm – Open Dancing for All

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018

  • 6:30 pm – Diaspora Fasokalia (Juniors)
  • 7:00 pm – Diaspora Seniors
  • 7:30 pm – Diaspora Adults
  • 8:00 pm – Diaspora Seniors
  • 8:30 pm – Diaspora Adults
  • 9:00 pm – Open Dancing for All

Saturday, June 16, 2018

  • 1:00 pm – Diaspora Fasolakia (Juniors)
  • 2:30 pm – Diaspora Seniors
  • 3:00 pm – Diaspora Juniors
  • 4:00 pm – HCV-ENOSIS
  • 4:30 pm – Tharros Greek Dance Academy/Greek Orthodox Community of East Vancouver
  • 5:30 pm – Cretan’s Association – Agrimakla/Minotavri
  • 6:30 pm – Diaspora Seniors
  • 7:00 pm – Zephyros Hellenic Dance Society (Juniors)
  • 7:30 pm – Diaspora Adults
  • 8:00 pm – Live music with Bouzouki of Yanis Sahamis

Sunday, June 17, 2018

  • 12:30 pm – Saints Nicholas & Dimitrios Greek School Dancers
  • 1:00 pm – Diaspora Fasolakia (Juniors)
  • 1:30 pm – Asi Somos (Venezuelan Folk Music)
  • 2:30 pm – Diaspora Seniors
  • 3:00 pm – Diaspora Juniors
  • 3:30 pm – Socrates Greek School
  • 4:00 pm – Cretan’s Association – Agrimakla/Minotavri
  • 5:00 pm – Tharros Greek Dance Academy/Greek Orthodox Community of East Vancouver
  • 6:00 pm – Diaspora Seniors
  • 6:30 pm – Diaspora Adults
  • 7:00 pm – Zephyros Hellenic Dance Society (Adults)
  • 7:30 pm – Diaspora Seniors
  • 8:00 pm – Diaspora Adults
  • 9:30 pm – Closing Ceremonies

For a schedule of performance times, see the Festival Entertainment Schedule.

Festival Suggestions

Here are some tips on how to make the most out of your Surrey Greek Food Festival experience.

TIP #1: Plan to go when there’s live entertainment scheduled – it adds to the experience.

TIP #2: Go with a group of friends and try the Greek beer. The more the merrier! Be responsible, however, and don’t drink and drive! Also, take a healthy appetite. The food is great and that’s why people go.

TIP #3: As the festival takes place outdoors in the parking lot of the church, and because there isn’t a lot of street parking right close by, be prepared to park on a side street and walk a little ways to the venue, especially if going at a busy time.

Other Information

The Surrey Greek Food Festival is one of a few different Greek festivals in the Lower Mainland. Fairly similar to the Surrey event is Vancouver’s Greek Summerfest in mid-July which takes place outside the St. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church at 4641 Boundary Road.

In late June is Greek Day on Broadway which is a giant street party that takes place on a Sunday in Kitsilano. If you like Greek food and entertainment, check them all out!


For more information on the 10-day event in June, check out the Surrey Greek Food Festival website.

For other types of festivals and major events at other times of the year, check out Vancouver’s Festivals and Events Calendar.

 

 

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