Opa! It’s the week that Greeks and those who only wish they were Greek wait for all year.
The Sudbury Greek Festival returns to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (located at 468 Ester St. in the city’s South End) July 28-30.
The festival marks 30 years in 2023, after having missed a year in 2020, during the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a takeout-only model in 2021.
“We love to welcome anyone into our culture,” said festival representative Anna Tyrkos. “It’s like being at home and welcoming guests into your home. We want to feed you until you can't eat another bite, and we want to also share our culture, surrounding our food, our music, our dance.”
The event features Greek dancing, night celebrations with a DJ, Saganaki, and, of course, as much delicious Greek food as you can eat (mmm, gyros, souvlaki, moussaka and baklava!).
Asked what Greek food is her fav, Tyrkos said “all of it, but I would say I look forward to the moussaka, which is what we’re preparing today.”
She stresses that people should get to the festival as early as possible to ensure their favourites haven’t run out.
While there are some fantastic Greek restaurants in Sudbury, the Sudbury Greek Festival has an ambience of its own, Tyrkos said, owing to the music, live dancing and lovely location alongside St. Charles Lake.
The event runs 4-10 p.m. Friday, July 28, 12-10 p.m. Saturday, July 29 and 12-7 p.m. Sunday, July 30. The full schedule of events is available at sudburygreek.ca.
Heidi Ulrichsen is Sudbury.com’s associate content editor.