The delicious smells of souvlaki and spanakopita wafted all the way to the street Sunday at GreekFest in Halifax.
Inside the gates of the Purcell’s Cove Road event, people munched on donairs wrapped in blue and white-checkered wrappers before washing it all down with beer from white plastic cups.
The great grub is one of the festival’s main attractions for many, including Laura Waters, who said her favourite festival food is the souvlaki.
She came all the way from Toronto to take in the event, and of course to visit Halifax, her hometown.
“I love GreekFest, I’ve been coming for 20 years,” she said. “I’m lucky to be here this weekend.”
Her friend Melanie Yoille added Greek food is “great” and is a nice treat because it’s something she never cooks herself.
“It’s different,” she added.
Doug Quinn, from Lunenburg County, agreed wholeheartedly.
“We’ve always come and enjoyed the food,” he said. Quinn added he and his wife keep coming back to meet “friends that we see here every year.”
Each year GreekFest sells thousands of food plates over the course of the weekend, said event chairman Konstantinos Klironomos.
But food is far from the only reason people go to the festival.
The main tent had a full stage yesterday as J.P. Angelopoulos, dressed in traditional Greek clothes, taught a dancing lesson.
He showed the aspiring dancers, mostly children, a traditional dance called Hassaposerviko. They linked arms and bounced along with the lively music as Angelopoulos taught them to “step behind, step kick.”
This year the festival also held Taverna performances, another traditional Greek dance, as well as shows from junior and senior dancers.
Waters and Yoille said they planned on watching some dancing later in the day.
“We just had to eat first,” Waters said.