Vasilis Vasilas meet-and-greet unites Marrickville community

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Have you enjoyed following Vasili’s Taxidi through Marrickville?

In a very joyous environment, young and old Greek shop owners, entrepreneurs and locals of Marrickville and supporters of Sydney historian, Vasilis Vasilas, came together at Danas Deli Café for a meet and greet and to welcome Vasilis’ new book, “Little Athens (Volume One): Marrickville (Part One)”. 

As Vasilis pointed out, ‘The choice of venue, for the meet and greet, was fitting as the Danas Deli Café is the longest running Greek family business in Marrickville.” 

Olga and Tina from Danas Deli Cafe with Vasilis Vasilas and his new book.

Amongst the mezedes of tiropites, servings of sweets – melenomakarona and kourabiedes – and even shots of homemade tsipouro, it was definitely a very festive get together… and there was still time for Vasilis’ book signings.

“Vasilis is one of those tireless individuals whose work supports so many people within the Greek community; documenting and publishing people’s stories is so important in preserving them for future generations,’ Dimitris Danas pointed out.  

Mary Sarikas whose family ran the Classic Milk Bar on Marrickville Road in the 1950s and 1960s.

A wonderful story of the day was John Sarikas surprising his mum, who incidentally is on the cover of the book, with a birthday drive to Danas Deli Cafe for the meet and greet… Mary had no idea she was on the cover and why she was being driven to Marrickville… so it was a very moving surprise. Mary’s family ran the Classic Milk Bar on Marrickville Rd in the 1950s and 1960s.

Vasilis wishes to thank the Danas family for their very kind gesture and their warm hospitality…

Interested in purchasing Vasili’s book? Pick up a book, including a free coffee, from Danas Deli Café.

Harry Kalogeras and his daughter, Marilyn.

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