What is the European Festival?

Date:  Saturday and Sunday May 27th and 28th, 2017
Time:  11 am Saturday to Midnight
Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm
Cost:  $8.00* Early Ticket for the entire weeken!; Children under the age of 12 are free.
$10 at the Gate
Location:  Swangard Stadium in Burnaby

Volunteers for “Team Germany” needed!

We need people to do a 3-hour volunteer shift, to cheer for Germany in the flag parade at 2 pm, to be there at 6:30 pm on Saturday, when the Alpenplattler perform on behalf of Germany and of course, to enjoy typisch Bratwurst and Beer.

For more information, or to sign up, please call Elke at 604 828 8788

Representatives from the German Canadian Business Association will be there.

If you have any last-minute German items you would like to see on the table, please let us know – maps, books, costumes, Christmas decorations and other typical German products


The link to the performances, starting on Saturday at 11 am can be found here:


The map of the Swangard Stadium can be found here:



From their website:

Needing a vacation? How about a European getaway, right here in your neighbourhood?

Bring friends and family and travel Europe for the weekend. Visit the 20th annual European Festival!

May 27 and 28, 2017, at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. Don’t miss out on this exciting weekend of cultural and culinary delights and rich entertainment!

The European Festival highlights the best of European, culture and tradition – giving you a taste of that great “Old Continent” right in your own backyard!

Come savour it all, from German Pork Hock and Hungarian Lángos to Balkan Ćevapi and Turkish Kofte!

Admire authentic ethnic dress and get swept away by traditional dancing like the Portuguese Vira, the Spanish Flamenco and the Serbian Kolo.

Come and experience Europe, from east to west, as seen through the eyes of Europeans. On May 27th and 28th, EuroFest BC Society brings unity through diversity to the Lower Mainland with the colours, music and food of Europe!

The European Festival can have up to 30 countries participating. The countries involved are often part of a greater organization, such as a club, an association or a cultural centre. Germany does not have that support at this time. It depends wholly on German individuals to sign up.

Each country involved needs to have 2 volunteers at their cultural table, but can also offer some tasty traditional food in the food tent, can sell a European-related product in the Marketplace and showcase their culture through a traditional performance on either the main stage, or the smaller stage in the back.

The German contribution has been organized mainly by one single volunteer – Kecia Boecking from the St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church – on behalf of Germany. One volunteer is not enough, as the festival now takes place Saturday and Sunday and needs a day or two to set up, a day or two to take down and constant volunteers for the 24 hours that the cultural tent is around.

If you have time in the merry month of May to help with the project, or if you can attend monthly planning sessions, please contact me. I was a part of the festival team for years, but this year, my May has gotten busier due to a family wedding and busy children. I might be able to attend for a couple of hours, but not for all 24. Germany needs a lot of help.  This is also the 20th Festival, so it will be a milestone event.

Flag Holders for Germany 2014Ideally, there will be at least 8 to 10 volunteers Saturday and 8 to 10 volunteers Sunday. Each country is also supposed to provide two parking volunteers Saturday and two parking volunteers Sunday. This does not include actual festival volunteers, who look after the entrance gate, the will call, the first aid booth, the children’s tent, the flag parade and many other things included in the festival.

You can also leave a comment below, if you are interested in getting involved. The dates are the last Saturday in May (May 27/28) this year and the event takes place at the Swangard Stadium in Burnaby.

Website is: http://www.europeanfestival.ca

f you are interested in any of the festival volunteer positions or have any questions, please email info@europeanfestival.ca or admin@westcoastgermannews.com

Vacant Manager Positions
Entertainment Manager
Marketing Manager
Sponsorship Manager
Volunteer coordinator

25 May 2016
May 25, 2016

German Events in Vancouver

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European Festival

There are still some opportunities to work as a volunteer at the German Table this weekend. Dates are May 28th and 29th from 11 am to 11 pm both days. You will receive a free ticket and will be able to spend your free time, after a 3-hour shift, enjoying the festival.


German Business Association

Our next event is at the European Festival at 1 pm for a Beer and Bratwurst at the Swangard Stadium for the European Festival. Everyone will still need a ticket to get in and I have them available for sale for only $6! Let me know if you want one.

The German Canadian Business Association has just had two successful events and a new photo gallery was created to showcase these. We are looking for more members who are interested in networking with German-speaking members, to promote their businesses and to perhaps with collaborate with some of them to enhance your bottom line. Do you know anyone you can refer to us?

We will be hosting one more June event, that we will let you know as soon as we have that information. Our last event before the summer break.


Westside German School

The Westside German School already has registrations open for children ages 5 to 6 who are at a minimum enrolled in Kindergarten for September 2015. They have a new principal, which always means exciting initiatives and changes and are now one of the biggest schools in Western Canada.


Just in case you live further away from Vancouver, there is also the Surrey German Language School:


FUSSBALL at The Manchester Public House

Artikas at the PintDo you know the Manchester Public House (Maple & Broadway) is now The Official German House?

#GermanFansCanada together again. Join us in your German Jersey’s and cheer on one of the world’s soccer power houses :

$10 Ticket gets you guaranteed entry + first Carlsberg.

Sunday, 12 June 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PDT) –
Manchester Public Eatery – 1941 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6J 1Z3 –

Sunday June 12th :
British Columbia (12:00)

Thursday June 16th :
British Columbia (12:00)

Monday June 20th :
British Columbia (9:00)


German Website for Team: http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/teams/team=47/index.html

Hopefully, I will see you at one of these events this year!

01 Jun 2015
June 1, 2015

Germans at the EuroFest 2015

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German Table at European Festival

Elke, Kecia & Manuela at German Table Saturday

This year, Germany was one of 28 countries involved in the EuroFest 2015, held May 30th and 31st.  On our right, we were next to Portugal and on our left, Switzerland.  Our table featured “The Little Black Book of Beer”, an antique globe for children to find Germany on and occasionally the Porsche, Tim, Tam & Tom were on display to delight our visitors. A few feet away, the table with “Free German Books” was also a highlight with many people coming back to pick up even more German books.

For those of you who don’t want the party to end, I would encourage you to get a ticket to the 40th Saengerfest to be held June 5th – next Friday.  Many of the “who’s who” in the German Community will be there.  To network, listen to traditional music and to enjoy being together. Book tickets here:  Horst Zimmermann email: click here or Rudy Milz email: click here

4 Carriers of the German Flag

Consul B. Dierkes- Leifeld , Anika, Beatrice Schreiber, Sophia

Shy Sophia just before flag ceremony

9-year old Sophia just before the flag ceremony, wearing an authentic dirndl

Germany also had 5 volunteers participate in the flag ceremony.  Mr. Wolfgang Christl – aka Mr. Oktoberfest, (not shown here) Consul B. Dierkes- Leifeld, Beatrice Schreiber with the German Canadian Business Association, Anika, daughter of volunteer & German Table organizer Kecia, along with Sophia, daughter of Westcoast German News owner, Elke.

The German Canadian Business Association also planned a “Beer & Bratwurst” event for its members on Saturday in the beer garden at 5 pm.  Saturday was simply a glorious day! Although there are a few people who couldn’t make it due to travels or other  commitments, we had an enjoyable time together.

Wolfgang Christl being authentic

Member Wolfgang Christl holding the beer stein – just about big enough

German Canadian Business Association

German Canadian Business Association enjoying beer & bratwurst

Concordia Choir

Concordia Choir will be one of 8 choirs performing in the Saengerfest Friday