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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 29 October 2016
NEWS 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 29 OCTOBER 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Thousands turn out for Perth Glendi People from across the city filled Russell Square to experience and indulge in some Greek Australian hospitality The stars aligned for organisers of Perth's Greek Glendi Festival last weekend; mother nature was cooperating with a 28 degree day. Thousands turned out to Russell Square in Northbridge to sample the best the Greek community had to offer from various regions of Greece, including traditional music and dance, delicious food, cooking demonstrations and even plate smashing for added kefi. Perth's own celebrity chef Peter Manifis took part once again, demonstrating seafood-inspired dishes, while South Australia's pastry chef and TV presenter George Diakomichalis took care of the sweets with his sought-after bougatsa. In preparation for the event, Diakomichalis paid a visit to St Andrews Grammar School on Friday to get the students involved with the cooking, and says he was extremely surprised by their enthusiasm. "I walked into the kitchen together with 48 year 11 students and together we learnt how to make bou- gatsa. In all honesty, I didn't expect the children to show so much interest in Greek cuisine. The effort they made to meticulously follow the recipes was really very touching," the pastry chef told Neos Kosmos. "I actually discovered some great talent among them." As trays of bougatsa baked in the oven, Darwin dance group OPA started the glendi early, with a performance in the school's auditorium before the celebrations continued on Sunday without a hitch. Festivalgoers enjoyed the day's entertainment while indulging in everything from moussaka to octopus with a glass of ouzo, along with sweet treats baklava, kourabiethes and melomakarona. The Cypriot community also got involved, serving up mouthwatering chicken and lamb on the spit. In addition, the event coincided with the launch of the Castellorizian community's cookbook From Our Greek Kitchen to Yours, accompanied by cooking demonstrations of the featured recipes for attendees to observe and sample. "Personally, I got so much posi- tive energy and inspiration from the children themselves, and that alone made it worthwhile to make the trip to celebrate alongside the Greek community of Perth," Diakomichalis said. "The spring atmosphere was very festive and the positive energy and response from both the Greeks and Australians who attended was, for me, a boost of optimism and an escape from everyday life," he said, adding that they are already discussing the program for next year's Glendi. Proceeds raised through the event are being donated to various notfor-profit organisations across the Greek Australian community. To find out more about the Perth Glendi and to stay informed about next year's event, visit perthglendi. com.au, their Facebook page: www. facebook.com/perthglendi and Instagram: @perthglendi George’s bougatsa class. Oakleigh Glendi to embrace multiculturalism this weekend The two-day event will commemorate OXI Day and celebrate everything Greek, including the area’s cultural diversity Oakleigh has developed into a thriving hub, renowned for its Greek community. But this year the Oakleigh Glendi has dropped the 'Greek' from its title and is welcoming the masses to the event to not only celebrate Greek culture, but to embrace the area's cultural diversity. Organisers are expecting over 20,000 people to attend the two-day event which will take place this weekend on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October. The program is jam-packed with free entertainment across two stages: the Main Stage, presented by the Pan Macedonian Association - from which SBS will be broadcasting live - and the Costco Stage. There will be Greek dancing performances from various regions, including an array of traditional music performed by Akrites Tou Pontou, Strofes Band, OPASchool of Hellenic Dance, Polyxeni and The Rustica Project. On Saturday there will also be multicultural entertainment from around the world, including the Maya Dance Group, Gruppo Cultural Italiano, Cambur Pin- ton Band, and Sarayi Dance, among others. Of course, it wouldn't be a proper glendi without copious amounts of food and drink. Greek and Cypriot choices include mouthwatering souvlaki, meat grill and loukoumades (Greek doughnuts), along with paella, gozlome and arancini from neighbouring Mediterranean countries. And if you really can't get enough of loukoumades, you'll be delighted to know there will be a 'Loukomade - Greek Doughnut Eating Competition' held on each day of the Glendi. Competitors will be challenged to eat 30 in under 15 minutes, and well, you guessed it − the first to finish wins. Aside from consuming lots of delicious food, there'll also be a chance to pick up some culinary tips. Cooking demonstrations will be held on both days at the Oakleigh Central Cooking Stage from 1.00 pm with presenters such as Niki Louca from My Greek Kitchen, Philip Vakos from Bahari and The Hellenic Palate, and Zoe Konikkos and Nicolette Stathopoulo from MasterChef 2016. A workshop marquee will provide the opportunity to learn some new dance moves and martial arts, but if you're after more of a laid-back afternoon, an artisan Mediterranean marketplace will be set up with jewellery, homewares, food and accessories for purchase. A selection of rides, free face painting and a photo booth will also be on site to keep the little ones entertained, along with the anticipated Glendi Raffle, which will see the lucky first-place winner receive two return tickets to Greece. You've got to be in it to win it. Aside from celebrating culture and diversity, the Glendi will also be a chance to commemorate OXI day, Greece's official National Day, and the Patron Saints of Sts Anargiri. The Oakleigh Glendi will take place at Warawee Park, Oakleigh, VIC on Saturday 29 October from noon-10.00 pm and Sunday 30 October from noon8.00 pm. For more information, visit oakleighglendi.com.au/ To take part in the Loukomade - Greek Doughnut Eating Competition, enter online before the event or at the information tent on the day.
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