Thousands flock to Cyprus Food and Wine Festival in the Northern Territory

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Over 3,000 people flocked to the grounds of the Cyprus Community of the Northern Territory in Marrara, Darwin on Saturday, September 3 for the annual Cyprus Food and Wine Festival.

The festival has been held by the Cyprus Community since 1974 and is the perfect opportunity to showcase Cypriot culture, food and drink.

The young involved in the festival. Photos by Georgia Politis Photography.

On the day, attendees were treated to a number of food and product stalls selling traditional sheftalies (Cypriot pork sausages), loukoumades, chicken and lamb souvla, as well as religious icons and kids clothing.

Sheftalies. Photo: Georgia Politis Photography.

There was also a wine tasting experience where volunteers responsibly served and sold Cypriot wine by the glass to anyone interested.

As everyone was mingling and browsing the stall marketplace, children could play on the amusement rides and there was also a cultural tent showcasing traditional Cypriot dancing costumes.

The Cyprus Community’s junior, intermediate and senior dancing groups performed a number of traditional dances, whilst people also had the chance to enjoy live music by Melbourne-based band, Aetos.

The Cypriot dancing groups. All photos by Georgia Politis Photography.

The President of the Cyprus Community, Helen Gordon, told The Greek Herald the festival was a huge success and she wanted to thank all of the volunteers “for their hard work.”

“There was a great community spirit and it was beautiful to see the community come together and support one another on the night,” Helen concluded.

*All photos by Georgia Politis Photography (republished with permission) unless otherwise specified.

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