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Brisbane’s big fat Greek Paniyiri Festival returns!

The biggest news since the Apollo landing is the return of another Greek of god-like proportions – the Paniyiri Festival is back in South Brisbane on Saturday, May 18 for another two-day celebration full of Zeus, zucchini fritters, and Zorba.

Hades be jealous – this epic festival of all things Greek is planning to raise Hellenic in Musgrave Park with a whole host of vendors, both old and new, coming to town!

Alongside everyone’s favourite honey puffs (even Hercules’ pecs aren’t as nice as these) and haloumi straight from the festival’s traditional Plateia (Greek village), guests can also expect some crazy new arrivals, including Nostimo’s Greek Yum Cha on both days, and an official event opening event featuring the strings of a bouzouki played alongside a didgeridoo.

With 2019 marking the 90th anniversary of Brisbane’s Greek Orthodox Church of St George, you know celebrations are gonna be BIG. Kicking things off (literally) are the ladies and gents in The Greek Dance Spectacular, a 60-strong group performing traditional and modern dances in brilliant costumes and stunning headpieces.

Hera it here first Brisbane – Paniyiri is also set to be packed with enough celebrity star-power to rival the constellations. Some of Australia’s best chefs, including Kalymnos Pastries’ George  Diakomichalis and Nostimo’s David Tsirekas are set to throw down in their cooking demos of Greek fare, alongside goddesses such as Koliva-making duo Dimitra and Sia Athanasas, master cook Helen Zeniou, and more!

With cultural church tours, grape stomping competitions, Greek’s Got Talent, and a whole caldera of other activities… the offers up for grabs are seriously endless.

We will be flying too close to the sun if it means falling into Paniyiri this May 18 – 19!

Buy your tickets online today, or on arrival at the door.

Words by Jacqueline Pon
- the gourmand smashing plates of honey puffs at this year’s Paniyiri Festival