The Greek Festival held in Musgrave Park in West End. So for me its only a small bike ride away to a food heaven. This was our first visit to the festival. I’m surprised we had not been before. A small price of $8 to get in is very reasonable to then discover BBQ bliss once you are inside the gates. If you want more info on the festival its self go to www.paniyiri.com
Our bellies were empty and it was almost lunch time when we finally got there. Roy and I were joined by lovely Verena at the start of the food safari. Thank goodness, after looking back at what we ate we did a good job! This our guided tour of what we ate at Paniyiri.
Stop number one. Pan Rhodian Colossus.
This store seemed to be the cheapest on site. Which then became our favourite as the day progressed. First up we had some chicken – really simple just barbecued over hot coals, the skin was oily and delicious the meat inside is moist. Smothered in lemon to help cut the grease taste it was an instant winner. Verena and I love the cabbage rolls. Full of rice and loads of herbs and spices. Our next mission will be trying to make some of these. They were not of a glue consistency, the rice was holding its own. We both laced them again with the lemon juice and the taste was very fresh.
Stop number two – Parish of St Paraskevi
Roy and Verena were around the front deciding what to order for our next treat. I snuck around the side and got a sneak look at what was going on behind the scenes. Meat on a barbeque. These guys were just so happy, they looked like they were having a great time. So passionate about their cooking and quality of the food. They gave a bit of cheek while i asked some silly questions. Got to talk to one of the mum’s about the weekend.
Roy and Verena decided on the holumi and moussaka. They used the brand Olympos holumi which is my favourite so we were not disappointed. Moussaka was not bad, not one of my favourite things to eat. The other two loved it. For me it was the first time eating it. As it has never looked appealing, at least now i know how it tastes. After eating this round of food, it was time for a wander around
So many food shops, all selling almost the same food. obviously with different recipes and flavours that they use. Above is a look at a few things that were available in the shop windows. We did not manage to eat every thing. We chose food that we loved and a few things to try.
There was cooking demonstrations at the Greek Club, which was pretty interesting to watch, with plenty of taste testers at the end. Also being intrigued by the venue we ducked over to the Orthodox church of St George, right next door. It is stunning on the inside, beautiful paintings on the inside and ceiling. If you get the chance go and have a look.
Dennis one of our flate mates joined the food safari. We had a walk through the stalls on Edmondstone street. Nothing to exciting, a couple of food stalls that sold nuts and dried beans ect.
This place we kept walking past. Not only does it have a sign for lamb on the spit. It had a tone of people waiting to get to that lamb on a spit. Good sign.
The meat on a spit action. In the photo above you can make out a guy who is turning the meat and keeping an eye on the lot, the cook. With some raw meat at the front and some more cooked ones behind, and more behind that. There was so much smoke and the smell of lamb makes anyones mouth water. Below is a close up of the spit. There was a prize to win this. Tickets were only $2.50. Im still waiting to find out if i have one. It get drawn at 7pm tonight I think. Wish us luck.
The food, well of course we got the meat plate above which was accompanied with tzatziki, traditional salad and some pita bread. The meat was really tender. Paired up with the tzatziki was a match made in heaven. Below was some calamari which had lemon juice squeezed over, herbs and fresh garlic mixed through. It’s a hard one to buy seafood at a festival. this was a little rubbery but still got eaten by our food safari members.
Lastly Roy insisted on getting some whitebait. It looked like fried chips. I’m not a huge fan of them, especially eating their heads. The eyes are crunchy. But Roy demolished the whole lot so obviously a winner. He said they were a little on the cooked a few hours ago side, so a bit soggy. Once coated in lemon they tasted alright. Dennis had a good go at them too.
Anyone up for some dancing? These guys do know how to party. It was only 3pm in the arvo and it was dance time. Doing some traditional songs with people from the audience participating. It was great to watch. The energy levels of everyone squashed up to the next person having a good time.
Stop number 4? The Cypriot community of Brisbane and Queensland
I had to buy some Sheftalies the sausage below. They looked great and cheap. I also go a chicken souvlaki. We all tried the chicken and it was not that exciting. Yet the sausage was amazing. I actually made these at work this week but with beef not pork. So I have captured a flavour and now want to make them again.
Stop number 5 – Greek Ethnic school of St George
These friendly folk posed for my photo. I just wanted to take a shot of the honey puff production line. But it was not going to happen. But they do make the best honey puffs. we got 2 plates of them to share between 4 of us. So many honey soaked goodnesses to eat. The last stop of the day was to get the sweet fix. We all sat under a tree and devoured the two large plates.
The inside of a honey puff, so airy and full crunchy on the outside. Yeah actually i though i could never eat them again. But i would love to just have one now. mmmmmm
To finish off our afternoon we watched the honey puff eating competition. What a laugh, pretty much what we just ate. They only had 60sec to eat as many as they could. Pretty hilarious thing to watch stuffed full of honey puffs. The guy in the yellow won the first round. EAT EAT EAT!
If you have never been to the Greek Festival before make sure you go next year. It is a reasonably priced day out to eat and gorge yourself silly. Food and wine and dancing. It all adds up to fun. Last night on the couch at about 9pm a good 5 hours after getting back from the festival all I wanted was some more of the best charcoal chicken i have ever eaten. So juicy and greasy and delicious.
Just want to leave you with this thought of CHICKEN.