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For a Greekin' good time
Get yourself to the Greek and head down to Musgrave Park in South Brisbane May 23 & 24 for a cultural explosion of souvlaki, haloumi, chargrilled octopus and a Greeking good time as you experience the very best of Hellenic hospitality.
Paniyiri Greek Festival is officially Queensland's longest running cultural festival and the largest Australian Greek Festival of it's kind, now in its 38th year with more than 50,000 people taking part in the jam packed two day program.
As a celebrated Greek festival, prepare to party into the night with more entertainment that you can shake a kofta at. Spread over the Musgrave park, with the street adjacent to Brisbane's Greek club closed to traffic, expect a carnival atmosphere as visitors explore the many food stall and attractions. From olive and honey puff eating competitions, more than 100 stall holders, Greek cooking classes, carnival rides and amusements, live performances and plenty of Greek beer and wine, let your hair down and celebrate the way only the Greeks know how.
While the full programme of entertainment is yet to be released, on the main stage there will be 20 hours of entertainment over the weekend including live music, dances and also special guests who people are likely to be familiar with. In years past the Vicky and Helena from My Kitchen Rules have shared the delights of their homeland with the crowd, as well as Jackson Gallagher and Tai Hara from Home & Away fame.
It's always a good idea to get there early to secure a table, especially if you plan on staying a while, but there's always plenty of space to spread out a picnic blanket over the expansive parklands.
Cost: Adults $10, Pensioners $3, Kids under 13 free. Click here to book tickets or purchase at the gates.
I popped my Paniyiri cherry (nee: olive) last year, and the scale and organisation of this impressive event makes it a cultural event that I'd recommend everyone living in Brisbane should experience at least once. Food prices are pretty reasonable and you'll get authentic and quality Greek foods instead of the usual junky and overpriced festival fare. In my opinion give me Paniyiri over a festival like the Ekka anyday. Besides, Paniyiri has all of the best the rides, just like the Ekka if rides are your thing.