The annual Paniyiri Greek Festival swings into action at Musgrave Park tomorrow.

And organisers say the controversy surrounding the shut down of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy earlier this week, won’t deter expected record crowds.

Cameron Robinson reports.


Those visiting the two-day festival in West End are in for an abundance of Greek hospitality, including traditional Greek food, plenty of drinks, and a world record attempt.

Stall holders spent a busy day few days setting up and it’s now down to the finishing touches.

Paniyiri chairman Chris Kazonis says the Aboriginal tent embassy relocated near by shouldn’t be a problem.

Chris Kazonis, Paniyiri Chairman: “The indigenous people are supportive of our event. We’ve been supportive of them. They’re supportive of us and there’s not an issue.”

The festival’s attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest zorba, and it hopes 1700 people will momentarily put down their souvlaki and join in.

There’ll also be plenty of other fun to be had for the Greeks and honourary Greeks, among the crowd of more than 50,000 expected.

Chris Kazonis, Paniyiri Chairman: “Plate-smashing, honey puff-eating competitions, and a whole stack of dancing. Really top entertainment. Saturday night’s a really good night. We finish it off with a fireworks display as well.”

Stallholders have trouble picking just one thing they enjoy the most.

Stallholder:”The Greek atmosphere, you know. All the Greeks turn up, and a lot of the Aussies as well that love the Greek food. The music, the get together. It’s quite a thing.”

Cooking demonstrations, singing, dancing, and carnival rides for the kids, will complement the 30-or-so stalls which raise money for local clubs and organisations.

Tomorrow morning, cabinets like these will be filled with thousands of delicious treats. This stall alone expects to sell 5,000 chicken and lamb sticks, 2,000 yiros, and countless more of their crowd-favourite honey puffs.

The festival kicks-off at noon on Saturday and 10am Sunday.

Adult entry costs $10, and children under 13 are free.

Cameron Robinson, QUT News.