The sun will be shining on the 38th Annual Paniyiri Festival this weekend.

It’s not the only big event on in Brisbane.

One of horse racing’s gala days, promises to be great for both punters and fashion lovers.

Claire McHardy reports.


More than 50,000 Greeks and honourary Greeks are expected to gather at Musgrave Park this weekend.

Chris Kazonis, Paniyiri Festival Organiser: “We’ve got shortbread eating competitions, we’ve got the honeypuff eating competitions, we’ve got grape stomping, plate smashing, all the fun events.”

Festival goers are expected to chow down 300,000 honeypuffs, more than 100,000 souvlaki and almost 10,000 dolmades.

As well as eating it, you can learn how to cook it.

Marcia Georges, Author of Greek by Heritage, Italian by Heart: “Greek cooking is really delicious and it’s not as difficult as people tend to think, so I think by seeing how easy it is when I make these Cassie Keftethes they’ll be convinced they can try it, too.”

Tickets are available at the entry gate.

If you’re more of a punter than a plate smasher, you’re still in luck.

Brisbane’s racing carnival has galloped into town.

The second best thing to being at the races, was being at Queen Street Mall today.

Onlookers were given a taste of what’s to come at Saturday’s Doomben 10,000.

Matt Rafton, Brisbane Racing Club: “Tomorrow’s going to be one of the greatest days of racing on the Queensland calendar. It’s one of the best weight for age races in Australia and people can expect to see some great crowds and great entertainment.”

With winter just around the corner, there’s no better time to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

Claire McHardy, QUT News.