As one of the longest-running cultural festivals in Queensland (can you believe it started in 1976?),
This celebration of all things Greece is beloved by thousands of attendees for its commitment to authenticity and atmosphere. This October, the festival is making a triumphant return after a pandemic-induced pause and it’s shaping up to be one of the biggest (and rowdiest) celebrations yet.
The two-day event will feature a host of cultural presentations, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, traditional Hellenic dancing, art exhibitions, fashion parades, market stalls and a pop-up Greek village. In addition to all of the above, attendees will also be tempted by 20 food stalls, each selling a different tantalising morsel.
If previous iterations are any indication, we’re expecting everything from savoury staples like sheftalia (Cypriot-style sausage) and yemista (juicy tomatoes stuffed with rice and ground beef) to sweets like bougatsa (crispy baked filo dough filled with semolina custard filling) and trigona panoramatos (golden pastry triangles that are soaked in syrup and filled with creamy custard). Oh, and we can’t forget a plate or two of honey puffs – a Paniyiri must.
Paniyiri Greek Festival will take place at Musgrave Park in South Brisbane on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16. Tickets are available now – head to the festival website to purchase.