Plate smashing. Zorba dancing. Coffee making. Cooking demonstrations. Church tours. It’s just another May weekend in Brisbane when Paniyiri Greek Festival takes over Musgrave Park.
In 2016 it’s 40 years since the local Greek community started a small expo showcasing southern European cuisine and culture. Back then, garlic was almost a dirty word, says Chris Kazonis of the Paniyiri Organising Committee. “Being ethnic wasn’t quite the flavour of the month,” he laughs.
That’s not the case anymore. The expo evolved into a “big fat Greek picnic in the park”, as Kazonis describes it, and then into Paniyiri – one of the biggest cultural events on the Queensland calendar and the longest running Greek festival nationwide.