Thousands Flock to Brisbane Greek Festival

Thousands of Greeks and Australians turned up to take part in the fun of the famous Paniyiri Greek Festival in Brisbane that took place this weekend.

Visitors in Musgrave Park and The Greek Club, Edmondstone St, South Brisbane, had the chance to watch 100 Hellenic Dancers, listen to traditional and modern Greek music and visit the all new Greek village – The Plateia , home to all the sights, smells and tastes of a traditional Greek Village.

They sampled food from more than 30 food stalls showcasing food secrets from all corners of Greece, and they also watched Brisbane’s Best Baklava, Greek Coffee Making and plate smashing competitions.

“So wonderful to see such a multi-cultural mix of people enjoying Greek food and dancing,” said a visitor on the festival’s Facebook page.

Another said: “An amazing opportunity for us as proud Greeks to showcase our culture, our food, our wine and all around Philotimo/spirit.”

The festival is described by the organizers as a “kaleidoscopic cultural explosion that is now legendary with over 50,000 Greeks and honorary Greeks”.

This year’s festival will mark 42 years – a landmark cultural and celebratory milestone. Over four decades Paniyiri has grown to become Queensland’s signature celebration of all things Greek and the state’s largest cultural festival as well as the country’s longest-running Greek festival.

It is a success story which began in 1976 when a group of passionate Greek Australians wanted to share their cultural traditions with Brisbane.