Melinda Lyons | On 22, May 2015
It’s that time of year again.. Paniyiri 2015 has arrived and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before.
What started out to be a few Greek-Australian communities gathering to celebrate their heritage has turned into a famous annual celebration of Greek food, drink, dance, and traditions. Every year, the festival attracts over 50,000 people and is Australia’s longest Â running Greek Festival.
As usual, Paniyiri will be held at Musgrave Park, South Brisbane this year and will be transformed into a Greek marketplace with over 30 stalls set up to bring you a delicious range of Greek delicacies. From past experience, I suggest trying The Greek Orthodox Church of St Paraskevis’ Stall for the best honey puffs and baklava.
There will also be 20+ hours of entertainment on the main stage that will be sure to entertain you all day through. The festival will see the return of Â Greek Dancing with the Stars, including some special guest stars which will only be revealed on the day. Festival goers will also have the opportunity to participate in the world record Zorba attempt, plate smashing, grape stomping and olive and honey puff eating competition.
If, like me, you are in love with Australian TV, then you will be glad to hear the Bonnie Sveen and George Mason from Home and Away will be attending Paniyiri both days as well as Annie and Lloyd from My Kitchen Rules. Apart from the main stage there is a mini theme park set up behind the food stalls with a haunted house ride, Ferris Wheel and all the other stalls that make up the perfect sideshow alley.
The South Bank Greek Club will become a festive hive of activities with traditional Greek cooking demonstrations featuring Queensland’s Culinary best, as well as cultural films and tours of The Greek Orthodox Church, where you will be amazed by the beauty of its architecture, design and heritage. This is a must do at the Paniyiri festival.
So bring the kids, bring the parents and have a family fun filled day out and enjoy and celebrate everything Greek.
What: Paniyiri 2015
When:Â 23-24 May 2015
Where: Musgrave Park, 29 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane
Cost: Cost of Entry is $10 for adults, $3 for pensioners, children are free
More Info: VisitÂ http://paniyiri.comÂ for full details on getting there and the schedule for both days.
Image Credit:Â http://paniyiri.com