In case you’ve never been, let’s give you a quick breakdown of Paniyiri – it’s pretty much a glorious weekend every year in May where Brisbane gets its own mini-Greece. One of the biggest drawcards of the festival is the amazing range of food on offer, with more than 30 stalls on hand showcasing the tastes of the region – think honey puffs, haloumi, dolmades, yiros and oodles more. This year also sees the return of The Plateia, a dedicated foodie precinct that is as close as you can get to Greece without hopping on a plane. The Kafenio has your coffee cravings covered, Zaharoplasteio will be a haven for sweets, two distinct tavernas specialising in meat and seafood will be serving mouth-watering morsels, the Ouzeri will be pumping out delicious drinks, and you can munch on crispy Greek pies at the Fourno.
Don’t let the menu distract you – Paniyiri is loaded with things to see and do across the cultural sphere. Greek dance groups from all over town will join together to perform dances like the famous Zorba, while a chorus of musicians will play old and new tunes on traditional instruments. For those interested in getting a little more background on the event, loads of experts will be on hand to discuss the finer points of Hellenic culture. For a bit of cheeky fun, be sure to check out the competitions happening over the weekend – speed eating, plate smashing and grape stomping are all on the cards.
Down to get in touch with your inner demigod? You can nab tickets to Paniyiri at the gate or in advance through QTIX. If you’re looking for a ride, you can travel free with a pre-purchased Paniyiri ticket to the event on all regular network-wide Brisbane City Council buses and Queensland Rail City Network trains.