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Greek Affair & Multicultural Festival

Story: Story Christine Chamberlain
Sep 24, 2018
Greek Affair & Multicultural Festival
The Greek are famous for their food and hospitality, so you won’t want to miss this year’s Greek Affair & Multicultural Festival.

The Parish of St Paraskevi at Taigum is hosting the huge celebration of Greek culture and multiculturalism in North Brisbane and the whole community is welcome.

The parish has been hosting the festival since 1999 and secretary Maria Comino says the special day began so the parish could give the local community an understanding of their culture through food, music and entertainment.

“The festival gives the community a chance to embrace Greek, multicultural and Australian cultures and promote community cohesion, and awareness of cultural diversity,’’ Maria says.

“The locals enjoy the festival tremendously and look forward to it every year.’’

The day runs from 9am to 4pm on Sunday October 7 and will feature a live Greek band, church tours and cooking demonstrations.

As a special treat, one of the cooking demonstrations will be led by Geni Papacostas, who was a finalist in season one of MasterChef. 

Geni has a passion for food and nutrition and has travelled to Greece many times to experience the food from different regions.

“She is a wonderful cook, a great presenter with a wealth of knowledge of food, and has conducted a number of cooking demonstrations for us in the past with great success,’’ Maria says.

Be entertained throughout the day by Greek and Cypriot dancers, as well as Middle Eastern and Indian dancers.

“It is a fun day for the whole family,’’ Maria says.

Get to taste a wide variety of Greek cuisine including souvlakia, pitta wraps, halloumi cheese, moussaka, spinach pie, dolmathes and more. For the sweet tooth there will be baklava, honey puffs, Galaktoboureko (custard slice) and shortbreads.

Beer (including Greek beer), wine, and soft drink will be on sale, as well as a Greek coffeehouse (Kafeneion).

For the little people there will be children’s activities, rides, jumping castle, face painting, fairy floss, popcorn and snow cones.

The Parish of St Paraskevi is at 241 Church Road, Taigum. The Greek Affair Multicultural Festival, Sunday, 7th October from 9am-4pm.