Paniyiri Greek Festival will return to Musgrave Park for a two-day celebration of Greek flavours, faces and culture from 18 to 19 May.

Highlights this year include the return of the traditional Greek village in the Plateia, a Dance Spectacular on Saturday evening opening with a stunning Bouzouki tribute, and a standout cooking program headlined by nationally acclaimed Greek chefs David Tsirekas and George Diakomichalis. Tantalizing the tastebuds and creating an all-time first for Brisbane, Nostimo Greek restaurant will feature Greek Yum Cha for the whole weekend. Also set to be a feature at the festival is Stars Go Greek on the Dancefloor which will see celebrities from Channel 7’s Home and Away and News, as well as a number of leading Brisbane personalities learn and perform Greek dances. There will also be a Greek’s Got Talent Competition where anyone is encouraged to enter and perform. Children can get creative in the free kid’s zone area, where art, craft, dance workshops and games will be available.

More than 30 authentic Greek food stalls will showcase the tastes, recipes and secrets from all regions of Greece. The famous Greek Cooking Demonstration Program features culinary indulgence and education, food tasting and launches hosted by some of Queensland and Australia’s best Greek chefs and home cooks.

2019 also marks the 90th anniversary of the Greek Orthodox Church of St George, Brisbane’s oldest Greek community established in the 1920s, with dancing tributes and a special lecture by author and broadcaster Richard Fidler, host of the national Australian Broadcasting Corporation program Conversations as part of the Cultural Program. Bouzouki Kids, a highlight on the Main Stage over both days will feature five children playing the famous Greek instrument. In what will be a magnificent cross-cultural celebration, the official opening event on Sunday will feature the Bouzouki and the Didgeridoo.

This year is significant as the Paniyiri Greek Festival becomes the first major event in Queensland to begin the journey in becoming totally compostable. All food will be served in compostable packaging. The community has joined the Containers for Change scheme, with funds raised from all single-use bottles going to various charities.

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