Brisbane is getting ready to celebrate the 42nd annual Paniyiri this weekend, which has grown to become Australia’s longest running Greek festival.
Sunny Queensland will turn blue and white, with plenty of Greek food, dance, music, culture and flavours, this Saturday and Sunday, 19 and 20 May, with more than 60,000 people expected to attend the popular event.
There will be over 30 Greek food stalls, showcasing the tastes from all regions of Greece, including the Aegean, Ionian, Mainland Greece, Cyprus, Chios, Crete, Rhodes and many more. Dishes will include Loukoumades, Haloumi, Dolmades, Gyros, Souvlaki, Spanakopita, Keftedes, Moussaka, Yemista, Tzatziki, Calamari, Baklava and more.
The Paniyiri will also include an exhibition and display of ancient Byzantine Macedonian treasures and artefacts with jewellery, icons, costumes, art and books, as well as works from acclaimed Greek-Australian painter and installation artists, Andrew Arnaoutopoulos.
And of course it's not a Greek party without some dancing! And there will be lots of traditional Greek dancing and music as local dance groups will perform the Zorba, Sirto, Kalamatiano, Sousta, to the sounds of live bouzouki, tarabuka, lira and laouto.
Date: Saturday May 19 from 12noon AND Sunday May 20 from 10am
Location: Musgrave Park & The Greek Club, Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane
Info: paniyiri.comor 07 3844 1166
*Images by Nick Bourdaniotis Photography (Copyright)