Paniyiri in Brisbane celebrates another successful year!

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The Greek Orthodox Community of St George hosted their annual Paniyiri, which is Brisbane’s biggest cultural event and Australia’s longest-running Greek Festival.

Last weekend there were over 50,000 patrons who attended, with 300,000 Loukoumades sold, 12,000 Dolmades eaten, 20,000 Greek coffees consumed, 1,600kg of Halloumi grilled, 10,000 Shiftalies BBQ’ed, 11,000 shots of Ouzo downed, plus little Nikos stealing the show again with his adorable Greek dancing skills- making it another very successful and fun-filled event for all.

Saturday and Sunday, had Musgrave Park overflowing with Hellenic food, aromas, music, dancing and décor, highlighting the flavours and sounds from various regions of Greece.

This year the Paniyiri also celebrated 40 years since the Hellenic Dancers first took to the stage at the event back in 1977, with dancers who have been a part of the group throughout the years returning for a special performance.

Also, there to add to the festivities was Australia’s bouzouki player, Nick Paras, singer Paraskevi Kontoleon, and the Canberra Hellenic Dancers, grape stomping, plate smashing, olive and honey puff eating competitions, plus a baklava bake-off!

Home & Away’s Ada Nicodemou led the celebrity line-up and here are some of the highlights from the 2017 Paniyiri in Brisbane →

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Paniyiri in Brisbane

Aida Nikodemou

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GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.

1 Comment
  1. Great photos​ of a wonderful panagiri! Here in the USA our Church’s also have “Greek Festivals”, however, I have never seen one as complete as this! Bravo St. George in Brisbane, Australia!