This year Paniyiri celebrated its 39th year in Brisbane. The event was held in Musgrave Park, Brisbane on Saturday May 23 and Sunday May 24, 2015. The street adjacent to Brisbane’s Greek Club was closed to traffic, allowing more room for visitors. Paniyiri is Queensland’s largest cultural festival. The Festival is Australia’s longest running Greek Festival. Paniyiri is an initiative of the 25,000-strong Greek community of South East Queensland. The two-day event attracts a crowd of around 60,000 party goers and is supported by more than a hundred stallholders.
Paniyiri 2015 featured the popular Zorba-Thon, Olive and Honey Puff Eating Competitions, Grape Stomping, Hellenic Dancing, and a Barista Competition.
More than 30 food stalls showcased food from many parts of Greece. On the main stage, famous Greek dances, the Zorba, Sirto, Kalamatiano, and Sousta were performed. The crowd also enjoys Greek cooking classes, carnival rides, live music, dancing and amusements.
The Greek Club hosted a Greek Cooking Program. Personalities from 97.3FM and Radio 4KQ provided live broadcasts. Since the festival began, Paniyiri has served more than 3.75million Souvlakia, 600,000 dolmades, four million Honey Puffs, and 320,000 coffees!
Star Spotting at Paniyiri 2015
The event attracts a long list of celebrities. Among them, this year was Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The Prime Minister sampled honey-puffs and drank a Hellenic beer during his brief visit to the Paniyiri Greek Festival last weekend.
Together with a few other politicians and his security team, Mr. Abbott mingled with the crowd at Musgrave Park. At times, he paused for photo opportunities including some selfies while enjoying some Greek lamb.
After drinking his Mythos beer, Mr. Abbott joined the stage to talk with the crowd and pay tribute to the Greek Community.
Other celebrities who attended the event included Home & Away star Nic Westaway and Bonnie Sveen. Nic and Bonnie were stomping grapes and meeting fans at the Channel Seven Marquee, dressed in traditional Greek attire. Kirk Pengilly from INXS and his wife, surfer Lane Beachley were also present at the event. My Kitchen Rules contestants Annie and Lloyd and Christopher Wayne were also in attendance.
Channel Seven at Paniyiri
Queensland’s favourite television station, Channel Seven is a major supporter of the Paniyiri Event. Channel Seven has been on top of the rating’s ladder for eight consecutive years, making it Australia’s most watched television station. Channel Seven provides entertainment, and personalities each year at the event. To provide added comfort to guests; Channel Seven Brisbane purchased 25 of the Red Media Lounge Bean Bags. These red bean bag chairs were screen printed with the Channel 7 logo on the back. The Media Loung is part of the unique range of outdoor bean bags available from Bean Bags R Us.
To provide added comfort to guests; Channel Seven purchased 25 of the Red Media Lounge Bean Bags. These red bean bag chairs were screen printed with the Channel 7 logo on the back. The Media Lounge is part of the unique range of outdoor bean bags available from Bean Bags R Us.