Party with the hellenic crowd at Paniyiri
The Greeks are known for being loud and proud when it comes to their culture, and why wouldn’t you be when you descend from the birthplace of Socrates, baklava and ouzo. Paniyiri, the festival that celebrates Greek culture in its most rambunctious form, is back on Saturday May 19 for a two-day food and dancing overload.
Now in its 36th year, Paniyiri was born amongst the passionate 25,000-strong Greek community of the state’s southeast. If you are interested in practicing your Zorba, or simply stuffing your mouth with as many honeypuffs as possible, head to the event’s home at Musgrave Park and the nearby Greek Club in South Brisbane. But expect crowds, as more than 50,000 are expected to attend this year’s cultural fiesta.
Prepare to enjoy a sensory overload in the delights of the Mediterranean – get in the world-record Zorba attempt, stomp grapes, partake in an olive-eating competition and listen to some traditional Greek music. Most popular is the opportunity to dig in to more than 30 food stalls that will serve up culinary creations from all over Greece. If you would like to learn the tricks of the trade, head over to The Greek Club where there will also be traditional Greek cooking demonstrations.
The gates to Paniyiri open from 12:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am on Sunday. If you are worried the queues might cut into your eating experience, tickets can be purchased online.