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Top 10 Foods to Eat at Paniyiri 2017

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Published May 12th 2017
Forget the plate smashing, let's do some tastebud bashing
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Grilled octopus at Paniyiri 2016. Author image.

Greek food offers an extravagant feast for the eyes, as well as the tastebuds and there's no better time to try something new than at Paniyiri Greek Festival on 20 and 21 May 2017. These top 10 tips should whet your appetite:

Chargrilled octopus. A wedge of lemon and sprinkle of salt are all you need to enjoy baby octopus that has been marinated (typically in garlic and thyme) and then char-grilled. Your first bite will transport you to one of Greece's 6000 or more idyllic islands.

Souvlaki. While we're at the char grill, let's not forget this fabulous Greek fast food which consists of meat and sometimes salad, or even chips, wrapped in grilled bread with garnish and sauce. Pork, chicken, beef and lamb souvlaki are popular choices.

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On the spit at Paniyiri 2016. Author image.

Greek salad. It's the peasant salad that's taken the world by storm. Loaded with fresh cucumber, tomato, onion, olives, feta, and lashings of herbs like oregano and parsley, this is the ultimate Hellenic companion to chargrilled meat.

Olives. Whether tossed in a salad, baked in bread or eaten by the handful, olives (and their oil) are considered one of the basic necessities of life in Greece. This proud nation cultivates more than 100 varieties so there's plenty to choose from.

Haloumi. Some love its salty tang, others enjoy its squeakiness between the teeth. However you like your halloumi, this Greek Cypriot brined cheese made from a mixture of goat's and sheep's milk is a winner in the culinary stakes.

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Dolmades. Author image.

Dolmades. Made with either cabbage or grapevine leaves, dolmades (sometimes seen as dolmathes) are delicious little parcels stuffed with rice, herbs like dill and mint, and sometimes minced meat. Enjoy with an avgolemono (egg lemon) sauce.

Baklava. This nutty syrupy sweet is a dessert table favourite whether you're in Athens or the most remote mountain village. Enter Brisbane's Best Baklava Competition for a chance to present a traditional or modern interpretation of this classic.

Bougatsa. Some describe this treat as custard pie, others as sweet semolina filo pastries. Bougatsa defies description, but what everyone can agree on is that this is serious comfort food, served with a touch of Greek know-how. Easy does it.

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Honey puffs are go! Author image.

Honey puffs. This Panyiri Greek Festival favourite also goes by the name of loukoumades. It's hard to say no to these deep fried dough balls drizzled with golden honey and sprinkled with cinnamon and perhaps even icing sugar. How sweet it is to be loved by you!

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Let the festivities begin. Author image.


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When: 12pm to 10pm Saturday; 10am TO 7pm Sunday
Website: paniyiri.com
Where: Musgrave Park & The Greek Club, Edmondstone St, South Brisbane
Cost: $12 Adults (13 and over), $5 all Pensioners & Children FREE. Two-day pass $20
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