Paniyiri Greek Festival
What started out as a group of passionate Greek Australians wanting to share their culture with Brisbane has grown over the years into a vibrant celebration of all the colour, dance, food, and traditions of the Greeks.
Every year the Paniyiri Greek Festival attracts well over 50,000 people – Greeks and honorary Greeks – to Musgrave Park in South Brisbane for a journey of discovery, culture and celebration.
So bring the whole family and enjoy the food stands, grape stomping, hours of traditional entertainment, Greek cooking demonstrations, culinary delights and much more at Australia’s longest running Greek festival.
Paniyiri Greek Festival, 23-24 May 2015
This year’s Paniyiri Festival promises to be bigger, longer, and better than ever before!
They'll even be starting early with an entire week of Greek celebrations across the city leading up to the Paniyiri weekend.
Musgrave Park in South Brisbane will transform into a Greek marketplace with more than 30 food stores and well over 20 hours of entertainment.
The festival will even see a return of the "Greek Dancing with the Stars" including some surprise special guests that you wont discover until the show.
Festival goers will have the opportunity to take part in a world record Zorba attempts, grape stomping, Olive and Honeypuff Eating Competitions, Hellenic Dancing and Zorba Till You Drop.
The South Brisbane Greek Club will become a hive of activity with tradition Greek cooking demonstrations featuring some of Queensland’s culinary greats, as well as cultural films, and tours of the Greek Orthodox Church.
of event: 23-24 May, 2015
Location: Musgrave Park, 29 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane
Registration: $10 entry fee
South Brisbane is easy enough to get to by car but on the weekend of Paniyiri you might struggle to find a parking spot. Your best bet is to catch either a bus or train to South Brisbane and walk up to Musgrave Park. You shouldn’t get too lost, just follow the crowds.
If you want to be in a prime position to make the most of all Paniyiri has to offer, book yourself into a South Brisbane Hotel or Holiday Apartment. You can enjoy a short walk down to the festivities, plenty of other local restaurants if you need a break from the crowds, and respite is close at hand once you’ve eaten, sang and danced yourself to exhaustion.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate on arrival.
Paniyiri Festival History
There’s been a strong Greek community established in Brisbane since the 1920s. In 1976 a group of passionate Greek Australians wanted to take the city of Brisbane on a journey through the discovery, dance, music and food of their culture.
It was a big success and now 37 years later the 25,000 strong Greek Community continues the festivities with the proceeds channelled back into the community through the Greek Orthodox Community of St George.