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Antipodes 2012: Flavours of Greece

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by Megan Edwards (subscribe)
I count myself lucky to be born in Australia's coffee capital of Melbourne and love to write about what's on in my home town.
Published September 3rd 2012
Let them eat Greek
Cast your mind back to Melbourne in the late 1980s, and images of gravity-defying hairstyles, Ray Ban Aviators (think Tom Cruise in Top Gun) and legwarmers may flash before your eyes.
Popular 80s flick, Top Gun (Image courtesy of IMDb)
Unfortunately, amidst all the spandex, glitter and Tab cola, our palates got left behind. Then in 1987, the kind folk of The Greek Community of Melbourne & Victoria saved us from ourselves, culturally speaking, and introduced the Antipodes Festival, awakening our senses - and in particular, our tastebuds - to a world of Greek culture beyond the humble souvlaki!

To say that food is a big part of Greek culture would be an understatement - and so it comes as no surprise that the Antipodes festival includes an annual four week homage (28 August - 27 September) to Hellenic cuisine, known as Flavours of Greece.

Flavours of Greece runs from 28 August to 27 September
From high tea to degustation to food trivia, the Flavours of Greece program is as mouth watering as it is diverse. Held in a range of classic and modern inner city Melbourne venues including Masterchef judge George Calombaris' Brunswick Street taverna, Hellenic Republic and veteran pastry chef Danny Katsaras' South Yarra tribute to all things sticky and sweet, Dream Cakes Cafe, it presents an exciting array of events big and small, day and evening, that are tailored to a range of tastes and budgets... but whatever you choose, don't forget to cap off your Greek odyssey with a shot of the national drink, Ouzo, and a thick, creamy cup of strong Greek coffee!

Flavours of Greece is a celebration and a Melbourne foodie's delight, so do as the Greeks do: raise your glass and shout Opa!
Cake display at Dream Cakes Cafe (Image courtesy of Dream Cakes Cafe)
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Why? Because food should be celebrated!
When: 28 August - 27 September 2012
Phone: 9662 2722
Where: Throughout inner city Melbourne
Cost: Variable (check the website)
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