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The Delphi Bank Semaphore Greek Festival is one of the premier Greek cultural festivals in Australia and one of the largest of its kind in Australia. The Semaphore Greek Cultural Festival is held at the Semaphore foreshore every January over two days and this year, it is the 40th anniversary of the festival in South Australia.
It will be held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th January 2019. It is situated next to the Semaphore jetty and in close proximity to the children's playground and all the foreshore amusements.
The festival showcases and celebrates Greek culture and heritage. It is run by local volunteers, including grandparents, parents and children. These volunteers dedicate many hours of their time to make the festival a success. This is from the initial planning to the cooking of the traditional Greek food and sweets, to the serving of hundreds of visitors attending the event.
The two-day festival celebrates the Greek community and has been held on the Semaphore foreshore since 1985. There will be live music with traditional Greek dancing by local dance groups on both days.
It is a family event, so bring the children, bring the "pethera, bring the symbethera, bring the koumbara".
The event is FREE as it has been for the last 40 years and there is something in this two-day program for all ages. You could follow the kefi of the amazing Opacize, party with DJ Apostal, dance Greek dances with the local dance groups, or take part in one of the many competitions.
And of course, there is the food! Greek food has some traditional dishes such as yiros, lamb off the spit, pittas, hot chips, and scrumptious Greek desserts.
One of the Greek specialties and traditional Greek desserts is loukoumathes. This is a Greek fried-dough pastry, which is soaked in sugar syrup or honey and cinnamon. In ancient Greece, these deep-fried dough balls were served to the winners of the Olympic Games!
Last year, Semaphore set the record of loukoumathes, as the bakers produced a very impressive amount of 37,730 of these honey spheres during the festival. These were all eaten by the visitors and this year, they will be aiming at an even high amount! In keeping with the 40th-anniversary celebrations, the bakers will be making a whopping 40,000 loukoumathes.
John Douvartzidis, who is the president of the Greek Orthodox Community of Port Adelaide has stated "Last year was one of our most successful festival editions, with many thousands honouring us with their presence. Our festival has grown significantly and is now entering a new phase; for our 40th anniversary we promise something for everyone and, as Greeks do best, creating a great party atmosphere".
This year, organisers will also make some improvements. They have designed a family-centred event and made the necessary adjustments to accommodate all the visitors. They have added more selling spots so that you will not have to spend so much time waiting in lines and therefore have more time to enjoy the traditional Greek menu!