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Australian Greek festival focus on food March 1, 2008

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora Festivals.
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Greek men were preparing fish yesterday at the Hellenic Hall in North Hobart for tomorrow’s Estia Greek Festival.

With a fine 21C predicted, event co-ordinator Alanah Diamantis, of Berriedale, is expecting more than 5000 people will attend the street festival. Festival chairwoman Helen Kalis said the event was getting bigger each year as more people from the wider community became involved. “In the beginning, people would say: ‘What’s Estia?‘ Now they know it means Greek Festival,” she said.

Among the 200 volunteers were Australians with non-Greek backgrounds, she said. “It’s come a long way since it started and is something that we are proud of,” she said. Mrs Diamantis said: “It’s a real way to combine the Australian and Greek cultures and show and educate people about what is on offer.”

Traditional Greek cuisine, music, dancing, art and wine will be highlights of the event, now in its 15th year. With food this year’s theme, the committee has published traditional recipes in the festival program.

While the street party tomorrow is a highlight, the festival continues until March 28 and other events include:

  • A soccer match between Italian and Greek teams at Sandy Bay’s Sandown Park on Monday March 10 from 1pm.
  • A Taverna Night at the Hellenic Hall, with live Greek music by Bouzouki Boys, Saturday March 15, 7.30pm, $40 a head.
  • A fashion parade at the Hellenic Hall on March 28 at 8pm, $25 for adults, $15 for children under 16 and under-10 free.
  • For information and bookings, call 0400 823 105.
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