Paniyiri Greek Festival: Did someone say OPA?
Kayla Wratten | On 19, May 2017
Are you dreaming of escaping to a country where smashing plates is tradition, the Mediterranean sea is calling and the honey puffs are plenty? Wake up to this reality with a visit to the Paniyiri Greek Festival this weekend.
Four decades ago, a group of passionate Greek Australians wanted to bring their cultural traditions to Brisbaneâ€™s community, launching a festival that shared their passion for all things Greek with the country of kangaroos and gum trees. Now celebrating its 41st year, the festival expects 60, 000 visitors to flock to Musgrave Park to enjoy a variety of authentic cuisine, from tzatziki gyros to dakos, live entertainment and cultural competitions.
Something that makes this yearâ€™s celebrations stand out is the unveiling of Plateia, a traditional Greek village that will transport you right to the cobble-stoned streets of Greece. Walk down paved streets lined by whitewashed walls and colourful market stalls, decorated with vine-covered pergolas and iconic blue windows.
For now, here are the top five activities to try out this Paniyiri:
- EAT EAT EAT your way around the festival:
With over 30 food stalls showcasing the best of Mediterranean cuisine, the biggest problem youâ€™ll have is choosing what to eat.
- Get competitive:
If youâ€™ve got a competitive spirit and an ambitious will to win, you’re in luck. Thereâ€™s more traditional competitions at the festival than ancient ruins in Greece, with plate smashing, Zorba dancing, honey puff eating and grape stomping to choose from.
- Be entertained by live music and dancers:
Admire the traditional Hellenic dancers or theÂ Greek goddesses as they high-kick their way across theÂ main stage. Keep an eye out for Hercules and Xena as they strut their stuff to the likes ofÂ Bruno Mars and Beyonce.
- Be struck by stardom:
StarsÂ from Channel 7’s Home & Away and House Rules will make a special appearance atÂ Musgrave Park this weekend to get their Greek on.
- Have a dance!
With more than 20 hours of entertainment, Paniryiri is the place to slip on your dancing shoes and your brightest smiles. What better way to work off the three plates of honey puffs you just devoured?
What:Â Panyiri Greek Festival
Where:Â Musgrave Park, Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane
When:Â May 20th 12pm – 10pm &Â May 21st 10am – 7pm
Tickets:Â Adults 13+ ($12) Pensioners ($5) Children (FREE) Two-day pass ($20)
Tickets available at the gate and online at www.paniyiri.com