The Paniyiri Greek Festival roars back to life in Brisbane

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The Paniyiri Greek Festival roared back to life in Brisbane, Queensland this weekend after an almost three-year long COVID-19 pandemic pause.

Organisers couldn’t be happier with the response as record crowds poured through the gates over the weekend to join in the fun and festivities.

Chris Kazonis, Chairman of the Paniyiri Organising Committee, said he was thrilled with the results, particularly for those organisations which rely on Paniyiri for their fundraising, as the numbers confirmed that the people of South-East Queensland have a deep love for this unique festival which is an authentic celebration of Greek culture, cuisine and community. 

“We had record numbers through the gate on both days at Paniyiri, with the Sunday being almost as good as the Saturday, which is just wonderful for everyone involved as it means all the hard work that went on behind-the-scenes to bring the festival back, has all been worth it,” Chris said.

“The entire weekend was just an incredible atmosphere of community and celebration of Greek culture, and it was just a wonderful weekend that saw people from all ages and backgrounds coming together to join in the fun in what was a truly festive atmosphere.

“We had people pouring in from all areas of south-east Queensland to create what we like to say is Brisbane’s biggest Greek family, with everyone attending embracing the Greek way of life and just really getting into the spirit of the day.

“Paniyiri is a special festival that benefits the community in so many ways, as not only does it bring people together from all ages and ethnicities to experience our culture, but we don’t have any commercial operators down in the stall area at Paniyiri – every stall is run by volunteers raising money for community programs or charities, and I expect this weekend has helped many of them get back on track both financially and emotionally after a tough few years. 

“There are so many people to thank for their help and support in making Paniyiri possible, and I’m very proud that most of the regional associations had a presence and participated in the weekend.  

“Paniyiri has always been popular, but this previous weekend was something truly special, and we are just so thankful to the people of south-east Queensland for coming out and supporting us.” 

*All photos supplied by Gourmand & Gourmet.

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