Melbourne Greeks indulge in authentic food and culture at Oakleigh Glendi

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A celebration of Greek food, culture, music and dancing took place over the weekend in the Greek-populated suburb of Oakleigh in Melbourne, Victoria.

The annual two-day Oakleigh Glendi was held in Warrawee Park from November 4-5.

The festival featured live music performances from Kinisi band and Maria Maroulis, as well as traditional dancing by local and national Greek dance groups.

Maria Maroulis singing at the festival. Photo: The Greek Herald / Bill Roumeliotis.

On the day, there was also a wide array of artisan food stalls on display where people could come and enjoy the taste of authentic Greek food, as well as purchase handmade and Greek-imported jewellery, art, craft, clothing, and more.

It was a weekend filled with family-fun for everyone, with plenty of amusements, kids’ rides, cooking demonstrations and activities to participate in.

kids dancing at Oakleigh Glendi
Greek dancing performances. Photo: The Greek Herald / Bill Roumeliotis.

The Glendi also featured a raffle, a show by OPA Dance Darwin, a performance by students from Oakleigh Grammar and a loukoumades eating competition where everyone with a sweet tooth could enter and enjoy.

Oakleigh Grammar students performed. Photo: The Greek Herald / Bill Roumeliotis.

Over the two days, the park was packed with Melbourne’s Greek and wider community, including a number of politicians and community leaders such as the Federal Minister for Multiculturalism, Andrew Giles; the Victorian Minister for Tourism and Member for Oakleigh, Steve Dimopoulos; Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos MP; and the President of the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM), Bill Papastergiadis.

officials at the Oakleigh Glendi
Officials at the Oakleigh Glendi.

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