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Maryborough tradie brothers head to Brisbane for baklava!

Two of Australia’s hottest new reality television stars will get their Greek on in Brisbane at the famous Paniyiri Greek Festival – Maryborough brothers,
Josh and Brandon Jarius will swap their tradie tools for a slice of Brisbane’s best baklava over May 19 & 20!

Maryborough brothers, Josh and Brandon Jarius from the upcoming season of House Rules will down tools for one weekend only over 19 & 20 May for a slice of Queensland’s signature celebration of all things Greek.

Making their Paniyiri Festival debut, they will be joined by Home & Away stars Sophie Dillman and Patrick O’Connor and be put to the test, taking part in Greek cooking and coffee making, grape stomping, plate smashing, and the highly anticipated Greek Dancing with the Stars (note: this will be an ALL QUEENSLAND DANCE OFF!), among other hilarious Hellenic pursuits!

This year all Paniyiri ticket holders travel free on network-wide Brisbane City Council buses and Queensland Rail City Network trains thanks to a partnership between Paniyiri and TransLink (must present valid ticket when boarding, see website for details). Tickets are available at the gate and are also available for purchase online from

Paniyiri 2018 event highlights include:
The return of The Plateia (authentic Greek Village) celebrating the sights, smells and tastes of a traditional Greek village.
The Paniyiri Main Stage in Musgrave Park will host over 20 hours of entertainment including the return of Greek Dancing with the Stars featuring special celebrity guests and judges, Grape Stomping, Olive and Honey Puff Eating Competitions, Hellenic Dancing, and the return of the Best Greek Coffee Barista Competition.
More than 30 food stalls will showcase authentic tastes, recipes and secrets of food from all corners of Greece.
On the main stage, famous Greek dances, the Zorba, Sirto, Kalamatiano and Sousta will be performed to music played on traditional Greek instruments including the bouzouki, tarabuka, lira and laouto.
The Greek Club will be a hive of activity with the popular traditional Greek Cooking Program featuring George Diakomichalis and Kathy Tsaples as well as some of Queensland’s culinary greats.
The Cultural Program will showcase Byzantine Macedonia with a display of jewellery, costumes, art works and books, and the Greek Orthodox Church will conduct tours to the beautiful sounds of the Byzantine Choir.
Stars from Hit105 will take in activities all weekend and will broadcast live.
One of the most famous parts of Paniyiri is the food – this year festival goers are expected to down some 300,000 honey puffs, more than 100,000 souvlakia, almost 12,000 dolmades, 18,000 coffees, 1600kg of grilled haloumi, 10000 shiftalies (Greek Cypriot sausage), 1000kg of calamari and another 1000kg of baby octopus.

Paniyiri 2018 Fast Facts

Date: Saturday May 19 from 12noon AND Sunday May 20 from 10am
Location: Musgrave Park & The Greek Club, Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane
Info: or 07 3844 1166
See Paniyiri on Facebook for all up to date information
Tickets: $12 Adults (13+), $5 all Pensioners, Children FREE. Available online and at the gate.
Transport: ***Travel free with a pre-purchased Paniyiri Greek Festival ticket to the event on all regular network-wide Brisbane City Council buses and Queensland Rail City Network trains (excludes Brisbane City Council ferries, the G: and Airtrain service).
Plan ahead at or call 13 12 30.

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