When the days grow mild and the nights require a blanket or two, Brisbane residents know that Paniyiri is near.
Since 1976, the third weekend in May has been reserved for the Greek Festival in Musgrave Park, West End. It’s grown from a small event celebrating the establishment of the Greek Club, to attracting between 50 to 60 thousand visitors over the two days. That’s about the population of my old hometown, Rockhampton.
City of Images has attended several Paniyiris over the years, and observed increasing crowds, increasing prices, and a shortage of parking. Nevertheless, it’s a worthwhile hike to West End once a year, and we’ve captured some images for everyone to enjoy.
Highly recommended: honey puffs, dolmathes, kebabs of any kind, octopus (for those who enjoy barbecued tentacles, and who doesn’t) and the rice pudding is the best that’s ever been. You don’t want to feel guilty about eating all of this Mediterranean goodness, so park a few blocks away (which is about as close as you’ll get anyway) and walk it off before you start. It’s currently $10 for adult (13+) admission, $3 for pensioners, and children are free – get them while they’re in stock…
The official site for Paniyiri is here