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Paniyiri Greek Festival 2017

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There's plenty to taste, do and see at this year's Paniyiri

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.

Check out the Top 10 must-do things at Paniyiri 2017:

  • Visit the all new Greek village The Plateia! Beside The Greek Club, it's home to all the sights, smells and tastes of a traditional Greek Village.

  • Dance the Zorba on the dancefloor in Musgrave Park – with more than 20 hours of entertainment and stars, this is the place to high kick all those honey puffs off!

  • Meet the celebrity chefs and Greek cooks upstairs at the famous Traditional Greek Cooking Program upstairs at The Greek Club.

  • Settle in on Saturday night for Greek Dancing with the Stars – watch as stars from Home & Away, House Rules and more take to the dancefloor – with judges including Amy & Emma Sheppard from Brisbane's super band, SHEPPARD!

  • Eat your way around Musgrave Park. With more than 30 food stalls showcasing food secrets from all corners of Greece, you won't leave hungry!

  • Watch as 100 Hellenic Dancers celebrate their 40-year anniversary at 6.40pm on Saturday evening!

  • Get competitive – enter the Grape Stomping, Olive and Honey Puff Eating Competition, Spaghetti Eating, Plate Smashing and then Zorba-Til-You-Drop! There's also Brisbane's Best Baklava and Greek Coffee Making competitions in The Greek Club.

  • Visit the beautiful Greek Orthodox Church of St George next to The Greek Club – take a tour and enjoy a concert.

  • Listen to Australia's best Bouzouki player Nick Paras and his drumming brother, Mike Paras.

  • Visit the Kids' Zone for Greek-themed face painting, activities and meet the Minions from Despicable Me 3 at 2:40pm, 3:20pm and 4pm on Saturday!

    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

    Tickets are priced as follows: $12 Adults (13 and over), $5 all Pensioners & Children FREE. Two-day pass $20

    See Paniyiri on Facebook for all the latest news and events.

    The 15 words you need to know for Paniyiri Greek Festival 2017! (and those phrases not to use)

    The 15 Words You Need to Know for Paniyiri Greek Festival:

  • Γειά σου – Yiasou: Hello and Goodbye

  • Παρακαλώ – Barakalo: Please

  • Eυχαριστώ - Efharisto: Thank You

  • σουβλάκι – Souvlaki: Souvlaki

  • Καφέ – Kafe: Coffee

  • Οπα – Opa: to celebrate, to show you are having a ball! (FYI Opa Opa Opa is the equivalent to Aussie Aussie Aussie!)

  • Καλή Όρεξη - Kali orexi: this is said before every meal and translates to Bon Appetite

  • Παππού – Pappoú: Grandfather

  • ΥιαΥιά – Yiayia: Grandmother

  • Καλημέρα - Kalimčra: Good Morning

  • Άρνακι – Arnáki: Lamb

  • Λουκουμάδες – Loukoumádes: Honey Puffs

  • Χορός Horos: Dance

  • Μαντίλι mandili: Dancing hankie (these will feature at the 2017 festival)

  • Παλαμάκια palamakia: To clap

    The 3 phrases best not to use at any time during Paniyiri:

  • I can't eat another thing

  • I'm on a diet

  • I can't dance

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    When: Saturday 20th May from 12noon to 10pm and Sunday 21st May from 10am to 7pm
    Where: Musgrave Park & The Greek Club, Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane
    Cost: $12 Adults (13 and over), $5 all Pensioners & Children FREE. Two-day pass $20. Tickets online at
    Your Comment
    i have gone onto the site and there are no pension price tickets all tickets are $12 for 13 and over. Paniyiri stopped the pension prices 2 years ago. Which is rubbish considering the amount of money you spend in there when you take your kids with you.
    by donna (score: 1|40) 916 days ago
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