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Paniyiri Greek Festival 2018

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The Paniyiri Greek Festival, in South Brisbane's Musgrave Park, is the annual gathering and celebration of everything Greek. Entry is $12 for an afternoon and evening of entertainment and of course, lots of really great cheap Greek food.

Join the Greek community to celebrate everything Greek at Paniyiri Greek Festival
Join the Greek community to celebrate everything Greek at Paniyiri Greek Festival


People start to arrive the moment the festival gates open at midday. There is a fair amount of seating in the main area and some of it with blue and white umbrellas. However, many people opt to bring picnic blankets and chill out under the trees.

The are plenty of shady places, including seating or under the trees
The are plenty of shady places, including seating or under the trees


One of the main reasons to go to the festival is the great Greek food. Most of it prepared by community groups, so it is often a little special and quite cheap. Obviously, given that Plato himself argued for eating meat cooked over open fires, there is plenty of barbecue.

Plato himself argued for the benefits of eating barbecue meat
Plato himself argued for the benefits of eating barbecue meat


There are also a lot of great Greek sweets for sale. Honey puffs are a favourite, but you can also buy sampler packs to try several different types of traditional sweets.

There are a wide range of freshly made Greek sweets on sale at the festival
There are a wide range of freshly made Greek sweets on sale at the festival


All the food is fresh, including the sweets, which are made on site. This is a really traditional experience which you can't find in the Greek restaurants in Brisbane.

Sweets being made on the spot the the Paniyiri Greek Festival
Sweets being made on the spot the the Paniyiri Greek Festival


As already said, there are many different Greek community groups represented at the festival. To be part of the festival, they have to belong to the Greek community and so they come to represent their group and often their regional food.

Many Greek community groups are represented at the festival
Many Greek community groups are represented at the festival


You can also shop at the market stalls. There isn't that much for sale, but you can find a number of interesting Greek products being sold.

The are many Greek items for sale at the festival
The are many Greek items for sale at the festival


You can also get your Greek on by attending some of the free cooking lessons at the Greek Club. Greek food is based on great ingredients with simple flavours. Often the best Greek food is easy to learn how to make.

Ruth Brandis and her Hellenic Kanella Cookbook
Ruth Brandis and her Hellenic Kanella Cookbook


Speaking of the Greek Club, it is inside the festival grounds, so you can opt to enjoy great drinks and food here. Sit on one of the two balconies overlooking the festival. The first floor has the restaurant, and the new lounge bar is on the second floor.

Relax at the Greek Club overlooking the festival
Relax at the Greek Club overlooking the festival


There will, of course, be plenty of entertainment. Including from Channel 7, as well as community groups performing. In addition, there is a sideshow setup down the back of the festival with games and rides.

There is a side show at the festival for the kids (and the young at heart)
There is a side show at the festival for the kids (and the young at heart)


Overall, a great little festival that packs in a lot. The ticket price is compensated for by the low cost of food at the event and the entertainment. The reason they charge $12 for entry is because they are getting their money mostly from the tickets and not from the community stalls at the festival.
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Why? Great greet food, entertainment and fun
When: Saturday & Sunday Midday to 10 pm
Website: paniyiri.com
Where: Mugrave Park, South Brisbane
Cost: Adults $12, children under 13 free
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