Gastronomic Tour at Brisbane’s Paniyiri Greek Festival

panThe Paniyiri Greek Festival will take place at the Musgrave Park and the Greek Club in South Brisbane on May 18-19.

The visitors will have access to more than 30 food stalls with Greek delicacies from all corners of Greece, including mousaka, dolmades dum-dums, feta cheese and honey puffs.

“A virtual Spanakopita famine,” as the organizers noted. “You would rather pass on imposters and hold out because there’s nothing like the one from the Paniyiri Greek Festival stall. That, and your best mate won’t let you borrow his Yiayia (that’s Greek grandmother to you).”

“The other good news this year the People behind Paniyiri – the Yiayias – are revealing their secret, fool-proof recipes so that Paniyiri devotees don’t have to starve for another 12 months. Honorary Greek cooks unite!,” as reported in the Brisbane Times.

Paniyiri Greek Festival started in 1976 by a group of passionate Greek-Australians who wanted to share their cultural traditions with Brisbane. During the annual festival, Brisbane residents have the opportunity to participate in a colorful celebration of dance, music, culture and food, go on a gastronomical tour through secret recipe books and travel through a history rich in color and passion.

Since the Festival’s inception, more than four million honey puffs, 250,000 coffees, almost 20 tons of haloumi cheese, 3.5 million souvlakia and 400,000 dolmades have been served to some 750,000 festival goers.

More than 50,000 genuine and honorary Greeks will gather in South Brisbane to smell the Greek barbecues, dance the traditional and famous Zorba dance, watch main stage performances, listen to traditional Greek instruments, such as bouzouki, lira and laouto, watch films, go to cooking school and tour the Greek Orthodox Church.

Paniyiri is the largest cultural festival in Queensland and the longest running Greek festival in Australia. Now in its 36th year, Paniyiri is a community initiative of the 25,000-strong Greek community of South East Queensland.

Funds raised are channeled back into the community via the Greek Orthodox Community of St George, established in the 1920’s.