The Halifax Greek Fest has been going on for 34 years but this year, like many others, it won't be the same during COVID-19, the organizers of the big event in Nova Scotia said.
Around June, the festival committee started trying to figure out what to do, Bessy Nikolaou, involved with Greek Fest since she was 11 years old, told the news site The Coast.
“We spun up the concept of Greek Fest To-Go pretty quickly,” she said. “We had the luxury of the tools and technology to facilitate a pretty committed volunteer team and the human resources.”
“We just thought, ‘Why wait until 2021? Let's try something different,'" she says. "Let's bring a sense of normalcy back in the city of Halifax. Bring a little piece of Greece to the heart of Halifax. We love doing that."
So every weekend in August, Greek Fest To-Go is offering traditional favorites like baklava, souvlaki, and chicken gyros served like they were in the drive-in diners of the 1950s and 1960s.
Orders are paid for in advance and the pick up is done “drive-thru” style. Festival grab-and-goers can also donate to Feed Nova Scotia when ordering.