Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Paniyiri Greek Festival

Get your cameras ready…. some of Australia’s most recognisable faces will be spotted eating Haloumi and doing the Zorba at this year’sPaniyiri Greek Festival on May 23 and 23.

The Paniyiri Main Stage in Musgrave Park will host almost 20 hours of entertainment over the weekend including the return of Greek Dancing with the Stars with special guest judge Channel 7’s Mark Wilson and the gorgeous Lisa Curry while Farmer Dave will be one of the six celebrity contestants.

You’ll hear her before you see her - Effie otherwise known as the stunningly beautiful, self-proclaimed Greek Goddess blessed with more hotness than anyone has a right too - is back for several loud appearances over the weekend.

Greek singing sensation Maria Maroulis from Melbourne, returns after her breathtaking performances last year wowed Greeks and non Greeks alike. Taking control of official proceedings this year as MCs will be Channel 7’s surfing weather girl Liz Cantor and presenterChris Parsons.

Head across the road to The Greek Club for the popular Paniyiri NAB Cooking Program and find all the stars from the hit TV show, My Kitchen Rules. Culinary bombshells Tanya and Jen and 2010 winners Shadi and Veronica, will be cooking up a Greek storm in the FREE Cooking Demonstrations. Celebrity chef Alistair McLeod and 4BC’s Peter Dick will also pop in to say Yassou!

Queensland’s signature celebration of all things Greek and the state’s largest cultural festival, Paniyiri will this year celebrate its 34th festival with a headline entertainment program. In Musgrave Park more than 30 food stalls will showcase the tastes, recipes and secrets of food from all corners of Greece while on the main stage famous Greek dances the Zorba, Sirto, Kalamatiano and Sousta, performed to music performed on traditional Greek instruments including the bouzouki, tarabuka, lira and laouto are enjoyed by Greeks and non-Greeks alike in a wonderful cross cultural celebration.

“If you only learn one Greek word, make it Paniyiri.”

Paniyiri 2010 Fast Facts:

Date: Friday May 21, Saturday May 22 & Sunday May 23, 2010
Time: From 12pm on Saturday and 10am on Sunday
Location: Musgrave Park & The Greek Club, Edmondstone St, South Brisbane
Entry: $8 Adults (13+), $2 Aged Pensioners, Children free
Info: www.paniyiri.com.au or 07 3844 1166


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