Food, family activities and folk dancing are on the menu this weekend and next as the 18th annual Greek Fest Victoria kicks off in Saanich on Friday.

The event takes place from August 23 to 25 and August 30 to September 2 at 4648 Elk Lake Drive in front of Commonwealth Place.

There will be live performances from 25 different groups including two coming from Greece.

Organizers say more than 23,500 people attended last year, and they expect an even bigger crowd this year.

Admission and parking are free, and the event takes place rain or shine.

The Greek Community Society is once again partnering with the Saanich Fire Department to raise funds for the Hot Lunch Program. It provides food for kids in need across the Greater Victoria region.