Estia Greek Festival returns to Tasmania after four years

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The Estia Greek Festival returned to the streets of Hobart, Tasmania this weekend after a four-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival comprised of three events: a Taverna Night, The Parthenon Marbles: The White Washing of History lecture presented by Theodora Gianniotis and the popular street festival. 

Photo: Andrew McMaster.

Even despite considerable rain – the crowds persisted. Hungry patrons lined up for souvlakia, yiros, BBQ octopus, loukoumades, fish and chips and plenty of other traditional dishes. The sweets made by the Women’s Committee were snapped up in seconds – with people lining up for their loukoumades right until the end. 

The Hellenic Dancers put on outstanding performances by all age groups – the show continued into the rain which didn’t deter onlookers. 

Photo: Andrew McMaster.

The festival usually takes 6-7 months of planning and preparation but this year it was pulled off in only two. The festival was the most successful on record – despite the inclement weather. The Greek Community of Tasmania look forward to the next Estia Festival in 2024. 

Photo: Andrew McMaster.

Estia first started in 1994 with the main objective to present the Greek Australian culture, heritage and tradition to the broader Australian community. The first Estia was themed “two-cultures” which celebrated and demonstrated the integration of Greek and Australian cultures generally and within the Tasmanian context. The event has since become a cultural staple in Hobart. 

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