Call for Volunteers

Looking for a great way to give back to the community, have fun and meet some great people? Want to experience European Festival almost for free?

The European Festival is run mostly by volunteers and could not be realized without them! There are many areas where volunteers are needed during the one-day festival, from ticket sale to backstage and from IT support to kids activities and parking guides. You do not need to be of European descent to join. The amount of time you would like to donate beyond a minimum 4h shift depends on you!
EuroFest BC Society will provide a Volunteer Appreciation Package, a certificate of acknowledgement for your volunteering hours during the European Festival and will host a volunteer appreciation event shortly after the Festival.

Let us know if you would like to volunteer at

some participating Societies!

The Alliance Française is the largest cultural network in the world with more than 800 centers in 137 countries; counting 550,000 students every year. In  Vancouver, the Alliance Française has been actively promoting interest in the French language and culture since 1904 as a non-profit cultural and educational association managed by a Board of Directors elected by its members. Its mission is to foster the appreciation of French culture through cultural events and to offer French language courses to everybody.

 Lithuanians of B.C. is a very small ethnic community experiencing a resurgence of membership and participation. The society with its Board of Directors plans about five or more community events each year and has an active Facebook page and website. As an inclusive society, the Lithuanians of BC try to make a place for diversity,  fellowship and many aspects of the Lithuanian culture.
Visitors to the Lithuanian cultural table at this year’s festival will be showcased an interactive video of the Lithuanian language. They will be able to  hear the very old and unique Lithuanian language  from native speakers and a video.

The Rancho Folclórico Cruz de Cristo is a non-profit organization that cultivates and promotes public interest, awareness, and appreciation for the traditional culture and heritage of Portugal.  The group was established over 35 years ago and consists of 54 dancers, ranging in age from 6 to 28, musicians, instructors and a Board of Directors.  The dancers perform traditional Portuguese folk dances from all regions of Portugal at cultural and church events, festivals, parades and seniors’ homes throughout the lower mainland.

The Slovenian Society is a non-profit organization established in 1958.  Their main mission is to help preserve Slovenian culture and language, and to provide a venue for their cultural and social events the Slovenian Hall, located at 5762 Sprott Street in Burnaby.  In between events, this great little hall is available to others for rent, providing a warm and intimate environment for family and dance-related functions.  Visit their website for more information:

The Spanish Association of BC was founded in 1969 as a soccer association that very quickly developed into a cultural association. It has been promoting Spanish culture since 1970  by participating in cultural events in the metro Vancouver area, establishing a  Spanish school in 1972,  holding regular dinner dances within their community  and supporting annual Spanish cinema nights.
The Spanish Association of BC participates every year in the European Festival and presents their most popular dance: Flamenco. It is not by any means the only Spanish dance but it is the most visually. appealing

The Swedish Cultural Society promotes Swedish culture by organizing and taking part in events throughout the year, such as the welcoming of spring at the Walpurgis celebration in April, the Swedish Midsummer weekend in June, the Christmas Fair in November, and the beautiful musical procession of St. Lucia in December. The society also offers language classes for children and adults along with movie nights and cooking classes for anyone interested in all things Swedish.

The Royal Society of St. George, BC holds social events throughout the year to celebrate English heritage within Canadian context.  The Society believes in supporting Canada’s links with England and especially our common allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen, who is the Society’s patron and the Head of State of both the United Kingdom and Canada.  The goal is to maintain links with other British societies throughout Canada and around the world.
The Society’s members are mostly people with English roots, but people from other parts of Britain are welcome. The society encourages all people with interest in England and the UK to join as full members.

Members of the German Society mostly volunteer for the St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, and publish the blog Westcoast German News, respectively.  The main club is the Vancouver Alpenclub, which is also home of the Alpenplattlers.
The Alpen Plattlers are an enthusiastic group who enjoy German Bavarian Schuhplattler dance based in Vancouver Canada. Many of their members have been dancing since childhood having toured Germany and Austria in 2000 and 2005. Their drive is to keep Schuhplattler dance alive and have fun doing it. While what brings them together is dance, they are also a social group who enjoy doing activities together.

If you have any interest to learn more about one of the societies, or if you wish to be put in contact with the society, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to connect you!


The European MarketPLACE

The Market Place is a timeless crowd-pleaser and the best meeting place for European Heritage and local businesses. Visitors to the Market Place can browse, sample and buy European deli food, jewelry, clothes, artisanal crafts and unique locally hand-made pieces to take home. The Market Place is a natural hang-out for creative folk and foodies alike!

Which one are you?

Program Guide 2019

Want to check out the schedule and festival layout ahead of your visit?

We are looking for a Program Guide Sponsor for the 2019 European Festival Event on Sunday, May 26, 2019. If this is you, please let us know at

Hard copies will be available at the gates or the Information Centre. This online version is not only handy and easily accessible on your mobile device but it is also environmentally conscious. Way to go!

Happy Swedish Mud Cake Day!

November 7th is Kladdkakans dag in Sweden – day of the mud cake. It’s a yummy and gooey chocolate cake that is made almost effortlessly.  Join us in the celebration and bake your own mud cake.

  • 150 g butter
  • 100 g chocolate bar (optional)
  • 175 g sugar (around 200-250 ml)
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 100 g flour



  • Heat oven to 175 C (350 F)
  • Melt butter in a pot large enough so that it can later contain all the ingredients
  • If you choose to include a chocolate bar then melt it together with the butter
  • Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the sugar and vanilla sugar until dissolved
  • Add the eggs while whisking gently and avoid getting air bubbles into the mixture
  • Mix in the flour and cocoa powder which you add a little at a time to avoid lumps (best is to use a sieve/sifter)
  • Take a 24 cm cake pan with removable bottom and grease it. Then add some breadcrumbs or coconut flakes so it sticks to the greased surface
  • Pour in the cake batter and bake for 18 min. If you use a smaller / larger pan you will need to adjust the time. The cake should be crisp on the edges and sticky in the middle
  • Let the cake cool, sprinkle some powdered sugar on top and serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Strawberries and raspberries also go very well with kladdkaka!


Ingredients to customize your kladdkaka

  • Nuts
  • Coconut flakes
  • Chocolate bars
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Caramel
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Baileys
  • Rum
  • Cointreau


Things to do this weekend


November 6, Commodore Ballrom, 8pm


Triggerfinger is a Belgian rock band from Lier, Belgium, formed in 1998. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Ruben Block, bassist Paul Van Bruystegem and Mario Goossens as drummer


The Struts

November 8, Venue Nightclub, 7pm


The Struts are an English rock band. Influenced by Queen, the Rolling Stones, Oasis and the Libertines, the Struts have been described as unabashedly over the top retro-fetishist classic rock, glamourous and dangerous and as having a chance to spark a real rock revival with their hooky glam sound, which manages to pay tribute to the classics, while remaining impeccably modern.


DJ Pete Tong

November 6, Celebrities, 9pm

There are few individuals in the world of dance music who can claim the kind of influence Pete Tong has had over the last twenty years. As the voice of Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming, Pete has held a commanding presence over the industry for more than two decades. His unique position has earned him a reputation as the global ambassador of dance music. With an unparalleled ear for new talent, Tong has become the leading tastemaker of the electronic generation. While he’s known publicly as Pete Tong the DJ, behind the scenes, he’s an industry icon.


BC Ballet: Program #1

November 6 & 7, Queen Elisabeth Theatre, 8pm

Forget what you thought you knew. Ballet BC’s 30th anniversary season begins with our eyes firmly on the future. Three choreographers who are reshaping contemporary ballet; three distinct perspectives on the future of dance; three works that will thrill and move you. That’s our opening program.


Red Rock Diner

November 6 in Chiliwack, November 7 in Maple Ridge

Vancouver, 1957. Five teens come of age while DJ Red Robinson plays the biggest hits of the time—from the raucous “Great Balls of Fire” and “Jailhouse Rock” to ballads like “Diana” and “Crying.” This infectious musical captures the excitement and innocence of the city’s burgeoning rock ‘n’ roll scene.


The Peanut Movie

several movie theatres, family-fun


Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Life always seems complicated for good ol’ Charlie Brown, the boy who always tries his best against seemingly impossible odds. When the Little Red-Haired Girl moves into his neighborhood, Charlie Brown finds himself completely smitten with her. Meanwhile, his best friend Snoopy embarks on an epic adventure in a fantasy world. As a World War I flying ace, the lovable beagle pursues his nemesis, the Red Baron, while also trying to win the heart of a beautiful pilot named Fifi.


Hotel Transylvania II

several movie theatres, family-fun

Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania… Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. 

Top 10 European Halloween costumes

Big Halloween party just around the corner and too many costume ideas to chose from? Why not go with one of these classy or fun characters of European history? Some of them can be easily made with cloth you already have at home.



greek goddess 1) Greek goddess, a symbol of aesthetic and beauty




viking 2) Viking, a powerful warrior



scottish 3) Scottish clansman, sinewy and hard drinking warrior



bavarian man oktoberfest 4) Bavarian man or woman, up for some serious celebrating



neptune 5) Greek god, e.g. Neptune, a classic with his trident



roman costume                                   6) Roman warrior, feared all around the Mediterranean sea



dutch girl 7) Dutch Woman, only authentic with wooden shoes



russian-mix 8) Russian cossack, best known for their artistic dance moves



renaissance 9) Renaissance lady, classy and elegant



matador   10) Spanish Matador, watch out for the charging bull

10 things to do October 16-18

Looking for something fun to do with your partner or family this weekend? Look no further. We have some great suggestions for you: 



1) Rogue Folk Club presents Beatles Night, St. James Hall, October 16

Rod Davis, founding member of The Quarrymen with John Lennon, brings the music of the Beatles to Vancouver with the help of locals Jim Byrnes, Paul Pigat & Cousin Harley.


2) Police Museum presents Kids’ Movies at the Museum, Vancouver Police Museum, October 17-24

Bring your little goblins, ghosts, and monsters for a Halloween themed movie while you check out the Vancouver Police Museum. Movies will be shown in the photo exhibit room on a large TV screen. Movie tickets are $15 (includes popcorn, juice, trick-or-treat bag to go, and one adult admission to the museum), and credits roll at 11:00am sharp!


3) Arts Club Theatre Company – The Waiting Room 

A moving story about family, healing, and hope, The Waiting Room is the highly anticipated collaboration between Spirit of the West’s John Mann and acclaimed Canadian playwright Morris Panych. Drawn from Mann’s own experience and his solo album of the same name, this musical follows “J” as he navigates life before and after diagnosis. It’s a story told with grace, honesty, and a sharp sense of humour, with a score that adds a layer of poignant commentary and thoughtful observation.


4) Italian Jazz Days featuring Antonio Ciaccia Quartett ,at the Italian Cultural Centre, October 16 & 17

Italian American jazz pianist and composer Antonio Ciacca carries the torch of the great tradition of Italian Americans in jazz. From the very first jazz record ever made in New Orleans in 1917 by Nick La Rocca and the Original Dixie Jazz Band, Italian Americans have always been at the centre of the action.


5) Wild Child, at the Media Club, October 18

Indie-pop band from Austin, Texas, tours in support of latest release Fools.


6) Bill Maher, at Queen Elizabeth Thearte, October 18

American political satirist, writer, TV host, actor, and standup comedian known for hosting Politically Incorrect and Real Time.


7) Fantastic Food Festival , at PNE, October 17-18

Let’s eat! Come to PNE Forum and explore various fantastic food on Saturday and Sunday Oct 17-18! We’ll be celebrating great food and drink in the glorious grounds of this historic National Trust property – and we’d love to see you there! Bring the whole family, and you’ll discover an abundant range of delicious flavours and fresh regional produce, from traditional barbecues, to exotic ices and craft ciders.


8) Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo, various locations, October 15-18

An annual festival of arts, cosplay, films, comics, anime, games, toys, costumes and makeup. The 2015 festival is back starting Thursday, October 15 to  Sunday,October 18, 2015  with performances in theatres, exhibitions at the PNE Forum  and a grand Parade in downtown Vancouver. The festival of arts and fantasy is  open to everyone and attracted nearly 100,000 spectators last year. We welcome artists, exhibitors, vendors and community applications. Come and enjoy the arts, music and performances of fantasy, explore exhibitors and meet superheroes, celebrities and amazing cosplayers from films, comics, anime, games, toys, costumes and makeup.


9) VSO presents Musically Speaking – Impressionist Masterwork, Orpheum Theatre, October 17 & 19

Great Canadian pianist Angela Cheng performs Beethoven’s bold, exciting First Piano Concerto, in a program conducted by Asia’s preeminent young conductor, Darrell Ang. This lush, Romantic concert features two of French composerClaude Debussy’s impressionist masterpieces, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, and the gorgeous La Mer.


10) ROAM Winter Expo, Vancouver Convention Centre, October 17-18

Turn Your Winter Into a New Experience!
Featuring four unique marketplaces: Winter Adventure, Travel, Fitness and Lifestyle, and the Canadian Ski Patrol’s Winter Extreme New & Used Equipment Sale. ROAM Expo brings all your favourite winter activities under one roof. We have free yoga, spin and aerobics classes; and Adventure & Travel presentation stage featuring exciting speakers; Oktoberfest craft beer tent; Burton Riglet Park and much more!



10 simple recipes for turkey left-overs

From classic to extravagant – transform your turkey left-overs into 10 simply delicious meals with some European twists

  1. Homemade Turkey Soup – a classic and the best way to use up every inch of your bird
  2. Spicy Rice and Turkey with Chorizo – the spicy Spanish sausage gives this dish a nice twist
  3. Turkey Waldorf Salad – a turkey variation of this popular salad
  4. Turkey Focaccia Club – the flat Italian bread is a perfect match for a turkey sandwich
  5. Turkey and Blue Cheese Salad – the strong Roquefort or Gorgonzola complements the mild turkey meat
  6. Turkey Hash with Fried Egg – this will soon be your favourite breakfast or brunch item
  7. Turkey Primavera – pairing turkey and colourful veggies for this casserole dish
  8. Turkey Milanese – breaded turkey various of the classic Schnitzel
  9. Turkey Frittata – the Italian way to deal with left-overs
  10. Turkey a la King – what else is there to add?

Click on the name of each dish to find the detailed recipe.

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10 things to do this weekend

With bad weather heading our way for the Thanksgiving weekend aren’t we all looking for some fun indoor entertainment? Here is our favourite list of activities around the Lower Mainland from scary to artsy and everything in between.


1) Cranberry FestivalFort Langley, October 10


Like turkey and pumpkin pie, cranberries are a key part of Thanksgiving dinner. Fields of them grow just outside of Vancouver in the Fraser Valley, and this Saturday (October 10), they’re ripe for celebration. That’s the date of the 20th annual Cranberry Festival, on which over 50,000 people descend on the quaint town of Fort Langley to honour the red berries. In addition to fresh berries for sale, a pancake breakfast, and plenty of local shopping, there will be boat races and fun with floating pumpkins.

2) Body World: Animals Inside OutWorld of Science, until March 2016

BODY WORLDS creator and anatomist, Dr Gunther von Hagens takes you on an anatomical safari with ANIMAL INSIDE OUT. As you explore this captivating exhibition, you will experience the intricate biology, zoology and physiology of a variety of the world’s most spectacular creatures.ANIMAL INSIDE OUT contains more than 100 specimens that have been painstakingly preserved by the remarkable process of Plastination, invented by Dr von Hagens. Students will be able to examine the anatomical intricacies of familiar and exotic animals like giraffes, camels and octopuses. This exhibition is an unforgettable way for students to learn about animal science.

 3) NY Portuguese Short Film FestivalMuseum of Anthropology, UBC, October 10 & 11

The mission of the NY Portuguese Short Film Festival is to bring Portuguese culture to the big screen and showcase films with a unique Portuguese perspective. The NYPSFF offers a contemporary Portugal full of ideas and spirit while bridging audiences with different cultural background. The objective of the NY Portuguese Short Film Festival is to promote contemporary Portuguese cinema produced in Portugal and abroad. All short films presented at the NYPSFF are written and directed by Portuguese. The festival is produced and hosted by Arte Institute. 

 4) The Great Symphony, Chan Centre, October 9 & 10, 8pm


Franz Schubert was one of the greatest writers of melody, second perhaps only to Mozart. His Ninth Symphony is a majestic symphonic statement, and a sad reminder that this great composer died at only thirty-one years of age. Exciting young conductor Alexandre Bloch presides over a concert that also features great pianist Ingrid Fliter performing Haydn’s most popular work for keyboard and orchestra. 

5) Harvest Haus, Queen Elizabeth Plaza, until October 11

Vancouver’s largest Volksfest returns for its succeeding year this autumn, held under the Festzelt at Queen Elizabeth Plaza –  Harvest Haus brings folklore from the 1st century to the Great White North. Combining modern fare with authentic European harvest traditions, gather your closest mates for the most gluttonous and gratifying weekends of the year!
The crunch of fresh produce, crackle of the grill, the fizz of the pour, the bite of the chopping block and the clinking of glassware. Applause. Laughter. Conversation. Music. The sounds of autumn! PROST!

6) Fright Nights,  Playland/ PNE Fairgrounds, until November 1

Wander the fairgrounds all decked out for Halloween and swarming with wandering spooks. Ride the rides under the cover of darkness, including Canada’s most extreme pendulum ride.

 7) Vancouver International Improv Festival,  Various locations, until October 10


Some of the world’s best improvisers will be at Performance Works Theatre, Waterfront Theatre and The Improv Centre for a week of mind-expanding and mind-blowing comedy! With over 40 shows to choose from, #VIIF2015 truly offers something for all audiences.

 8) Eastside Flea , Wise Hall, October 10

We saw things go out the door at the last market like records, old traffic signs, vintage clothing, handmade body products, strange curios and more! Don’t miss this event, vendors will all have their best summer finds & creations ready for you to peruse under the sparkly lights, rubbing shoulders with all your friends!!

 9) Murders, Mystery & Mayhem, Vancouver Art Gallery, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays until October 31


This ain’t a ghost tour – it’s a tour about the REALLY scary dark side of the city. You’ll hear sinister tales of unsolved murders, unruly riots, notorious gangsters and the nefarious side of our city’s history the other tours won’t talk about. Starting from the Vancouver Art Gallery (where you’ll hear the tawdry tale of it’s doomed architect) this 90 minute night time walk will explore the wicked events of “Canada’s most livable city.” While Vancouver is undeniably beautiful on the surface, some of its sinister history will shock you.  Get ready for a frightfully fun evening!

 10) Dracula, Surrey Arts Centre, until October 10


Lucy Seward is wasting away with a mysterious illness, baffling all the medical experts. Her only hope lies with her father’s friend, the beautiful and mysterious Professor Anna Van Helsing. But is she strong enough to fight the evil that threatens the house and all within it? And just who is their neighbour, the enigmatic Count Dracula? 


The Vancouver Opera is performing at our festival!

About Vancouver Opera

Vancouver Opera is the second largest opera company in Canada. It is regarded worldwide for its fine mainstage productions; for its country-leading education programs, which have reached more than 1.6million children and their families in more than 40 years; for its innovative and award-winning ommunity programs; and for forging groundbreaking cross-cultural creative partnerships that have brought opera to new generations of Canadians. Visit to find out more.

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About the performers

Rocco-RupoloRocco Rupolo – Tenor

Tenor Rocco Rupolo completed the Opera Diploma Program at the University of Toronto. Mr. Rupolo recently performed the role of Satyavan in Holst’s opera Sāvitri and Pylade in a scene study of Iphigénie en Tauride with Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program.  He understudied the role of Don Ottavio in VO’s 2014 production of Don Giovanni, performed the role of Le Remendado in VO’s recent production of Carmen and understudied the roles of Alfred in Die Fledermaus and Anthony Hope and Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd with Vancouver Opera in Spring 2015.

Caitlin-WoodCaitlin Wood – Soprano

Soprano Caitlin Wood graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters in Operatic Performance under the tutelage of Mary Morrison. Her past roles have included Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) and Patience (Patience) with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Winnipeg; Despina (Così fan tutte) and Nannetta (Falstaff) with Opera NUOVA; and Johanna (Sweeney Todd) with Dry Cold Productions. She recently was a winner in the Western Canada District Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition and will compete in the NW Regional Audition on February 15, 2015. Ms. Wood was the 2012-2013 recipient of the Richard Bradshaw Graduate Fellowship in Opera. She appeared as the gypsy Frasquita in VO’s 2014 production of Carmen, understudied Adele in Die Fledermaus and sang Johanna in Sweeney Todd with Vancouver Opera in 2015.

Laurelle-Jade-FroeseLaurelle Jade Froese – Mezzo-Soprano

Winnipeg native mezzo-soprano Laurelle Jade Froese had her professional debut in Saskatoon Opera’s Die Zauberflöte in 2014. That year, she completed her Masters of Music at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of soprano Wendy Nielsen. Ms. Froese is a 2013 & 2014 Jeune Ambassadeur Lyrique Laureate and has represented Canada at the Minsk Opera House in Belarus. She appeared as the gypsy Mércèdes in VO’s recent production of Carmen (September / October 2014), as Ida in Die Fledermaus (February / March 2015) and understudied The Beggar Woman and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd in April / May 2015.

Tina-ChangTina Chang


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