Oh my Zeus, Paniyiri is back! | Gourmand and Gourmet

Oh my Zeus, Paniyiri is back!

Oh my Zeus, the Greek fest that we have year-long withdrawals over is back exactly where it belongs! Follow the crowds and head down to South Brisbane’s Musgrave Park on May 21 and 22 for a weekend of Greekiness that will leave you weak at the knees. Paniyiri gives the city two unforgettable days of plate-smashing, opa-inducing fun.  Brisbane’s vibrant Greek community pulls out all the stops for a celebration of their culture and cuisine that everyone can (and should) share in. Revellers get to experience the sounds, the sights and so, so much food, and get swept away with the passion, energy and borderline madness of dancing, singing and festivities, all of which will be extra special this year for the festivals 40th anniversary! paniyiri 2It’s one of the few (okay, there’s a fair few) times where we break any resolutions we’ve made about not stuffing ourselves silly, so be prepared to don the stretchy pants and sample Greek food in all its mouth-watering varieties. Gorge yourself silly with honeypuffs, the most heavenly creation in the history of deep-fried desserts and witness full-grown men and women consume an ungodly amount of olives in the olive eating competition (get involved yourself if you’re feeling brave!). Whatever you feel like eating, rest assured that you’re more than catered for, with 30 food stalls hawking eats from every corner of Greece and hundreds of kilos of haloumi alone brought in every year. After trying your hand at Greek cooking in a class with one of the celebrity chefs coming along you can try your hand at plate smashing, Hellenic dancing, spaghetti eating and downing all the souvlaki you can eat. You’ll leave as stuffed as a kalamata, and so happy that you’ll relish in your week-long calamari-coma. Paniyiri opens its gates at 12pm on Saturday 21 May, and 10am on until Sunday 22 May. Tickets are $10 for adults and children under 13 are free. Find out more about the fun that’s set to come here. Words by Kate Bethune.