The modern Australian culture and cuisine have been greatly influenced by its immigrants. Two groups that have had a particularly strong influence include those from Mediterranean countries and South East Asia.
In celebration of one of these groups, the Greeks, who have had a particularly strong cultural and food influence on our society, the Brisbane Greek Festival – Paniyiri celebrates all things Greek.
With everything from Baklava, Tzatziki, Taramosalata, Saganaki, Moussaka, and even our coffee culture, we have a lot to thank them for and celebrate!
The first significant Greek migration to Australia began in the 1850s during the gold rush. After World War II, with the active encouragement of a Greek Government struggling with post-war reconstruction, large numbers of Greeks migrated to Australia.
Australia now has one of the largest Greek populations outside of Greece, with the largest numbers living in Victoria. Although Queensland only has Australia’s fourth largest Greek population, it has the country’s longest running Greek festival.
Now in its 41st year, the Paniyiri festival has grown to become Queensland’s signature celebration of all things Greek and the state’s largest cultural festival.
This year’s festival will be held on May 20 and 21 at Musgrave Park & The Greek Club. With everything from acclaimed cooking programs, a line-up of authors, chefs, speakers and home cooks; as well as the dancers, singers and stars there is something for all who appreciate some delicious Greek. Personally, I’m looking forward to some of the great dishes our Greek migrants have bought us.
Each year has a special theme and this year is Crete.
Crete is the biggest and most populous of the Greek islands in the Mediterranean with gorgeous beaches, wild mountains and gorges, fabulous food and ancient civilisations. Some of the most popular dishes from this island, include Dakos, Cretan Cheese Pies (Kaltsounia), and Lamb with stamnagathi.
Groups of Cypriot women will prepare all the Cypriot delicacies and with the many food stalls, you better make sure you arrive hungry!
In this sharing spirit, and to mark 40 flavour-filled years, the 40th Anniversary Paniyiri Cookbook has been created so Paniyiri lovers can create their favourite Greek recipes at home. This collection of recipes has been lovingly curated with help from some very special people and places and you can download your copy right here.
One of these recipes is a delicious Moussaka.
Here are the details again:
When: 17th to the 21st of May
Where: Musgrave Park & The Greek Club Edmondstone St South Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Cost: Some events free others with a ticket
Interested in more things to do in Brisbane?