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Paniyiri Greek Festival 2018 Brisbane

19 May - 20 May

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In 2018 Brisbane’s famous Paniyiri Greek Festival will mark 42 years. Join us to celebrate this landmark cultural and celebratory milestone. Paniyiri Greek Festival set to celebrate authentic Greek flavours, faces & culture in 2018

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 May 2018

Brisbane’s famous Paniyiri Greek Festival is set to take over the city in a haze of haloumi-flavoured smoke and Zorba-inspired high kicks, organisers have promised a two-day celebration of authentic flavours, faces and culture with free public transport to and from the event!

Tickets are available online at www.paniyiri.com.

Paniyiri Greek Festival 2018 event highlights

  • More than 30 authentic Greek food stalls will showcase the tastes, recipes and secrets from all regions of Greece, including the Aegean, Ionian, Mainland Greece, Cyprus, Chios, Crete, Rhodes and many more. Think … Brisbane’s favourite sweet treat Honey Puffs, Haloumi, Dolmades, Yiros/Gyros, Souvlaki, Spanakopita, Keftedes, Moussaka, Yemista, Tzatziki, Calamari, Baklava and more.
  • The Plateia will return for a second year celebrating the sights, smells and tastes of a traditional Greek Village, while paying tribute to the distinctive Cycladic architecture – if you missed it last year, think iconic blue window shutters and doors, narrow paved streets, vine-covered pergolas, whitewashed walls and market stalls full of colour, flavours and characters. Traditional flavour-makers for 2018 include:
    • The Kafenio creating traditional Greek coffee, frappe, freddocino (a traditional Greek iced coffee) and freddospresso.
    • Zaharoplasteio or sweet shop with the famous Greek sweet loukoumades (aka, Honey Puffs!), with the most amazing toppings that have to be tasted to be believed!
    • Psaro Taverna or the Seafood Taverna with fresh seafood prepared and cooked Greek style with meze platters.
    • Streidas, The Oyster Man will return with his deliciously fresh oysters and some new menu items to tantalise the taste buds.
    • Ouzeri or the Wine Bar with Greek wines and signature Paniyiri cocktails, including the return of the popular Ouzo Mojito.
    • Traditional Taverna with lamb, pork and chicken cooked over the coals served with a Greek salad and patates tiganites (chips!).
    • A Fourno, or pie shop, baking fresh and crispy traditional Greek pies.
  • Market stalls selling the Greek mandili (scarf/bandana for dancing), Grecian headpieces, jewellery, and the popular Greek coffee making kit.

NAB Traditional Greek Cooking Demonstrations present the ultimate culinary adventure. It’s upstairs on level 1 at The Greek Club and it’s FREE. Culinary secrets behind Greek cuisine will be revealed with demonstrations across both days hosted by some of Queensland best Greek cooks and chefs including Australia’s acclaimed Godmother of Greek cooking, Kathy Tsaples; Brisbane-based sisters Bernie Papagiannis and Annette Little from Spinach Leaf; local flavour-makers from The Fish Factory; Sam Demetriou from Cheeky Poke Bar; Brisbane-based siblings Danielle and George Diacos from Gertrude & Mabel and Little G; Lisa Peterson and Desi Carlos authors of Mediterranean Eating; and Helen Zeniou from Helen’s European Cuisine. Alex & Andrea Living will showcase their artisan Greek homewares. The search for Brisbane’s Best Greek Barista returns with the Greek Coffee Making Competition across both days. And, for the first time, you can get your hands dirty with Go Greek Cooking Workshops.

Discover a feast of knowledge at Paniyiri through a series of lectures and historical and art displays:

Explore the famed Greek Orthodox Church of St George – tours will feature the traditions and ceremony of the Church with Byzantine chanting and Orthodox liturgy.


Party and Dancing

  • The Official Paniyiri After Party will pump with sounds from DJ Kossi as well as guest DJs at The Greek Club.
  • Witness a great Greek dance-off with Channel Seven and Hit105 stars taking to the stage to compete for Paniyiri’s coveted title of Greek Dancing with the Stars.
  • Join the Hellenic Dancers and a raft of other Greek dancers as they perform the famous Zorba, Sirto, Kalamatiano, Sousta and more. Greek Dance Groups from all over Brisbane will perform, and of course, the Main Stage is one of the city’s greatest dance floors!! Starring traditional Greek instruments including the bouzouki, tarabuka, lira and laouto, Paniyiri stars a soundtrack of traditional and modern music.

About Paniyiri Greek Festival – Brisbane

Over four decades Paniyiri has grown to become Queensland’s signature celebration of all things Greek and the state’s largest cultural festival as well as the country’s longest running Greek festival – an admirable success story for the celebration that started in 1976 when a group of passionate Greek Australians wanted to share their cultural traditions with Brisbane. Fast forward to 2018 and this kaleidoscopic cultural explosion is legendary. More than 60,000 are expected to celebrate over the weekend of 19 and 20 May 2018.

In the 41 years of Paniyiri, almost two million festival-goers have devoured well over five million honey puffs, rivers of thick sweet coffees, over four million Souvlaki, 25 tonnes Haloumi and countless calamari and Dolmades. Only Zeus knows how many high kicks have been performed! Brisbane’s love of its famous Greek Festival knows few bounds! In 2018,festival-goerss are expected to down some 300,000 Honey Puffs, more than 100,000 Souvlakia, almost 12,000 Dolmades, 20,000 coffees, 1,600 kilograms of grilled Haloumi, 10,000 Shiftalies (Greek Cypriot sausage) and 1,000 kilograms of calamari.

Paniyiri is a community initiative of the 25,000-strong Greek community of South East Queensland. Funds raised are channelled back into the community via the Greek Orthodox Community of St George, Brisbane. It is Brisbane’s oldest Greek community established in the 1920s.

Date: Saturday, May 19 from 12noon AND Sunday, May 20 from 10am

Location: Musgrave Park & The Greek Club, Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane

Info: www.paniyiri.com or 07 3844 1166

See Paniyiri on Facebook for all up to date information

Tickets: $12 Adults (13+), $5 all Pensioners, Children FREE. Available online and at the gate.

This year all Paniyiri ticket holders travel free on network-wide Brisbane City Council buses and Queensland Rail City Network trains thanks to a partnership between Paniyiri and TransLink (must present a valid ticket when booking, see website for details and full conditions).

Plan ahead at translink.com.au or call 13 12 30.


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