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 sees even more exciting food news –for the first time ever in Brisbane, Nostimo will be hosting two days of Greek Yum Char created by chef-in-residence David Tsirekas. You can also expect the return of The Plateia for the third year running – if you haven’t checked it out before, it’s a dedicated foodie precinct that is as close as you can get to Greece without hopping on a plane. For those who want to recreate the magic at home, the famous Greek Cooking Demonstration Program will provide loads of culinary indulgence and education, food tasting and launches hosted by some of our country’s best Greek chefs and home cooks (as well as some sneaky celebrity appearances).
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. Paniyiri regulars will note the addition of the brand-new Greek Coffee Race Competition where teams are challenged to combine speed and balancing techniques– we hope you’re both ready and steady for that one.
Down to get in touch with your inner demigod? You can nab tickets to Paniyiri at the gate or in advance through QTIX.