There’s nothing quite like a festival that encompasses all things the human spirit loves…dance, music, food, and just good old kiddy fun. I could sum up this year’s Greek Festival held at Musgrave Park here in Brisbane to tick off all the essentials on the list for what makes a fantabulous events. Satisfying my need to attend something cultural, also my shopping cravings, and not to mention my culinary sweet tooth. Having a few expectations from being to some other festivals throughout the year, I must admit I wasn’t that excited, so you can imagine I was more than pleasantly surprised to have such a wonderful evening out.
Accompanied by a few of my adventurous friends, who are just about up for anything (a characteristic I love in people, they are definite ‘yes’ people to life hehe) we headed via bus from the city into Musgrave park. Packed with hundreds of people, the first thing I noticed was how organize it already looked walking down the hill into the field where the festival was held. With designated areas for the stage and its dancing Zorba area, to Arts & Crafts Markets lining the roads. Every area was specific and not all mixed up that you would be lost within seconds. There was also of course, the food stalls area, soooo delicious, you would already be drooling from the smells and inviting booths that offered all the favorites from good ol’ souvlaki to yummy baklava and honey puffs.
The website says “Two huge days, 100,000 honey puffs, 4000 high kicks, countless zorbas, 30 fabulous food stalls, 6000 coffees, 950 volunteers, the stars of dance, the doyennes of food, 1 self appointed Greek Goddess and 20 cans of heavy duty hairspray, 500kgs of haloumi, the bouzouki, tarabuka, lira and laouto and more than 50 hours of entertainment …” << and it kept its promise!
We all went a bit crazy and pretty much pigged out. Walking around, there was another element that made the festival all the more fun. Incorporated into the back area, was a whole carnival, with rides and games. Satisfying our inner children, we got our men to prove their masculinity (lol) to win us some cute stuffed toys. Then these manly men, sat it out, as us courageous ladies rode some of the rides. Screaming like 13 year olds, I felt on top of the world hahaha.
What a perfect night. While this entry will be a short one. I can’t help but share it, reminding me to tell others that its good to get out once in a while. Why not do it with your partner? Surprise him or her. Go back to the basics. It’s sweet, cute, a little thrilling and plus there’s great food (hopefully at the festival you end up going to hehe). All I know is, it has all the makings for a great date, whether it be your first one, or hundred and fifth one. Enjoy! 🙂
For more info about the Paniyiri Festival:
http://paniyiri.com/ (note: photographs used in this blog site are from the official site)
If you’re thinking about going next year take a look at their official site. For Brisbane events, I always find OurBrisbane to be an indispensable guide for getting more info too