On the weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of May, 2017, the state's largest cultural festival and the country's longest running Greek festival returns!
Over four decades, the acclaimed Paniyiri Greek Festival has grown to become Queensland's signature celebration of all things Greek. A community initiative of the 25,000-strong Greek community of South East Queensland, this vibrant annual festival raises funds for the Greek Orthodox Community of St George. Established in the 1920s, it is Brisbane's oldest Greek community.
This year's event is expected to attract an amazing 60,000 festivalgoers and will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Hellenic Dancers. Whether you're a devoted annual high kicker, a fan of Greek culture, or a mad food lover (who doesn't love Greek food!), there's plenty to taste, do and see at this year's Paniyiri.
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Greek Cypriot-born Australian and star of Channel Seven's Home & Away, Ada Nicodemou, will be attending her very first Paniyiri Greek Festival and is leading the celebrity charge along with fellow co-star Penny McNamee.
They will be joined by House Rules 2017 Queensland contestants and Gold Coast glamour couple, Aaron & Daniella.
Headlining the famous Traditional Greek Cooking Demonstration Program is Melbourne-based food lover, chef and author of Sweet Greek fame, Kathy Tsaples. Taking the stage alongside Kathy to share their culinary secrets are Chrystalla Tzaneros and Sia Aristidou - authors of Mezze, a cookbook showcasing how to make traditional Greek recipes with thermal cooking machines; Lisa Peterson and Desi Carlos – authors of Mediterranean Eating: Cook. Eat. Live; Alice Vazanellis – author of Breaking Bread, and representatives from the Asia Minor Greek Historical Society Incorporated and the Cypriot Youth of Brisbane.
Paniyiri Greek Festival 2017 will be held on Saturday 20th May from 12noon to 10pm and Sunday 21st May from 10am to 7pm at Musgrave Park & The Greek Club, Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane.
Tickets are available at the gate and for purchase online from paniyiri.com.
Tickets are priced as follows: $12 Adults (13 and over), $5 all Pensioners & Children FREE. Two-day pass $20
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