More than 60,000 expected to visit Paniyiri Greek Festival 2018

More than 60,000 expected to visit Paniyiri Greek Festival 2018

An exciting two-day celebration of all-things Greek are set to take over Brisbane City at the Paniyiri Greek Festival from May 19-20, 2018.  

The festival will feature authentic flavours, dance and music in one of Brisbane’s largest and longest running cultural festivals, a community initiative of the 25,000-strong Greek community in South-East Queensland.  

The festival was started in 1976 by a group of Greek-Australians who wanted to celebrate their heritage with the wider public, and the event has since grown to service over two-million festival-goers.  

Chris Kazonis, President of the Paniyiri Organising Committee, said the festival is a great way for everyone to experience Greek history, foods, cultural traditions and cities.

“We love to showcase everything that’s Greek, and it’s also a really important time for us as Greek Australians to reflect on our background, on our future and come together and celebrate what we have, and share what we have,” Mr Kazonis said.  

More than 30 food stalls will be set up over the weekend of the festival, serving up traditional dishes from various parts of Greece, including Crete, mainland Greece, Aegean, Cyprus and more.  

Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn more about Greek culture, through displays of dance and music, cooking classes and historical and artistic lectures.  

The famed Greek Orthodox Church of St George will also be holding tours as part of the festival, featuring the traditions and ceremony of the Church with Byzantine chanting and Orthodox liturgy.

More than 60,000 festival-goers are expected to attend the celebrations at Musgrave Park and the Greek Club, with organisers anticipating 300,000 Honey Puffs and 1,600 kilograms of Grilled Haloumi will be consumed over the course of the two-day event.