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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 25 February 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE GREEK WEEKEND THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2017 9 LONSDALE ST. FESTIVAL GREEK FESTIVAL OF SYDNEY Eat ‘til you drop like only a Greek can An explosion of flavours at this year’s Lonsdale St Festival Melbourne's most popular trucks will be making it hard to decide whether to grab a souva from Greek Street Food, koupes from the Cypriot Street Grill, a generous serving of calamari from Mr Calamaro, or try a different take on the classic burger by the multi-awarded Goody's. The sweet options will make you salivate as well, with Honey Dee's loukoumades, Ilia the Greek's traditional desserts and St. Gerry's colourful and super tasty doughnuts. Here's a list of this year's must-try options in case you need to top up your carbs and protein for the Zorba 'Til You Drop competition: want to pick up a souvlaki and keep walking. So we've made sure there's plenty of seating in the centre of the street," she says. There will also be entertainment running across three stages from Russell through to Swanston Street, giving attendees the chance to get involved with the Opa-cize class or the Zorba 'Til You Drop Competition, or sit back, relax and enjoy the talent on show. "We want to be able to showcase all the local talent in Melbourne, because there's been a resurgence of Greek music and there are a lot of young Greeks who moved here now and are joining local bands, and that's been a really beautiful thing to watch. So our programming reflects that." And while Ms Kyprianou assures the focus will always be on Greek music and dance, organisers this year are taking their message of inclusiveness one step further by encouraging cross-cultural performance, featuring a Greek Latin band, a Greek Italian ensemble and ethnic jazz. But there's no doubt all eyes will be on the Delphi Bank stage on Saturday night, with Greek superstar Glykeria performing her greatest hits − a decision the cultural programs manager admits was deliberate in seeking to make the anniversary a memorable one. "This will be the third time Glykeria has performed at the festival, so she's very much synonymous with the festival for us. She's someone who appeals to different generations, and we've seen that with our social media campaign and how people have embraced her visit to Melbourne. So putting her on as our main act was very much a way of celebrating the 30th anniversary," she says. To further commemorate the milestone, there will be a second international act for the closing performance on Sunday evening by the talented Stratakis Brothers, to end the festival on a high. "There's really something for everybody whether that's food, music, a kid's area; it's very much a festival for the whole city." So slip on your stretchy pants and bring a healthy appetite, because it's going to be one big − and tasty − weekend. The Charcoal Pit Souvlaki Bar has brought authentic Greek-style cooking to the Australian public for many years. It’s fun, loud and, above all, loves sharing great tasty food with everyone. The souvlaki meat is juicy and smokin' − this can only be truly achieved with a Greek-style charcoal pit for spit roasting. Cypriot Street Grill is famous for its pop-up stalls around Melbourne and catering services, bringing their grandmothers' soulful recipes to the masses. G&S Food Services of- fers fresh fried tornado potatoes (chips on the stick) with a variety of flavours, high-quality coffee and soft drinks. The queue is always long, so arrive early to make sure you get your tornado. Goody's Burger House is a contemporary, fast casual dining experience, offering a variety of signature burgers and other dishes, delivered with superior service. The Greek business is the most popular fast-food company in the Balkans, having received many accolades and quality stars. Greek Street Food needs no recommendations. A food truck and store bringing Melbourne the food that is prevalent while roaming the streets of Greece. Greek Trojan Yiros is so traditionally Greek it's been dubbed ‘food of the gods’ at the latest events across the city. Soft pitas with succulent lamb gyros, fresh vegetables and spices will make your tastebuds explode. Metaxas Meats Melbourne, one of the leading spit-roast hires in the Mel- bourne Metropolitan area, caters for all special events and BBQ needs, from supplying the BBQ spit roast, BBQ charcoal to a gourmet range of the best marinated Mediterranean souvlaki or gyros in a choice of lamb, chicken, beef or pork. Mr Calamaro has made its name as a business with a passion for food and family. Using organic local products and suppliers, it stays true to its ethics and promotes sustainability, always looking for new ways to reduce its footprint. It even uses biodegradable packaging and recycled oils. The seafood burger is mouth-wateringly delicious and leaves your palate with a zest for more. The Cypriot Kitchen is a family-owned and operated business that formed in February 2015 and focuses on cooking homemade Cypriot food for the people of Melbourne. All of Cypriot Kitchen's products are handmade using their yiayias' secret recipes. It’s currently trading at the renowned Queen Victoria Summer Night Market, open every Wednesday night until March 8 but also does catering. To Nostimo-BBQ'd Greek Food is Olga and Stavroula's passion, combining a new, contemporary take on food with the old, country-style and the traditional. The two cooks from Thessaloniki are renowned for their Asia Minor cuisine skills married with Mediterranean influenced flavours. Their mamma's homemade soutzoukakia is a must-try. Two Men and a Lemon bring delectable seafood and seasoned fat chips to the mix. No one can resist their salt and pepper calamari or the signature seasoned chips. Have a crack at the gourmet salas and brown rice, and even if you want to keep your calorie intake low for the weekend, make sure you don't say no to their homemade lemonades. Rest assured there will be plenty of options available for sweet tooths as well. 196 BELOW brings you the tastiest nitro gelato. Liquid nitrogen at its boiling point is -196 Celsius, and when it's mixed with gelato anglaise (ice cream in liquid form) it instantly causes the sugar crystals to form into micro particles, instantly freezing it before your very eyes. This extreme action makes for a very smooth experience. Absolutely Bananas selects the sweetest and most flavoursome bananas then blast freezes them to retain their goodness and flavour. What next? They hand-dip them in real dark chocolate before popping them back in the freezer wrapped and waiting for you to enjoy. Chooh LA LA will be there too to demonstrate its 400-year-old French artisan craft, created with top quality Australian ingredients and presented in stylish packaging. The hearty sweet cooked on-site is perfect for vegans, as it is all natural and gluten-free, heroing praline almonds, chouchou (peanuts) and macadamias. Coco Fix is more than prepared to quench your thirst, bringing the best Nam Hom drinking coconuts to Australia. Honey Dee is a family- owned food truck business, creating a fresh contemporary spin on classical handcrafted loukoumades on the streets of Melbourne and Geelong. Traditionally topped with honey, walnuts and cinnamon or tweaked to suit your special occasion, you'll be licking your fingers at every bite. Ilias Katsapouikidis, better known as Ilias the Greek, is bringing his foustanella and baklava to the festival. Visiting his grandparents has brought many elements of his life into focus, leading him to make traditional Greek sweets and savoury dishes to sell at markets and festivals, as well as a few select stores. In everything he makes, there is a direct connection to his childhood in Kastoria. Kalloni Little Dessert Island is the food truck catering to your sweet cravings with waffles on a stick, cupcakes, muffins, coffees and milkshakes. Mobile Ice Creams is also part of the Lonsdale mix this year. It uses premium quality soft-serve mix that is whipped into the classic creamy flavour, bringing back fond childhood memories of roaming the streets of Melbourne. In 1879, James Griffiths established one of Australia's first tea and coffee distribution companies at 30 Flinders Street, Melbourne. With only three owners since its inception, Griffiths Bros. coffee roasters is proud to be Australian owned-and operated and to source and roast exceptional coffee available in over 800 cafes and restaurants around Australia and in supermarkets nationally. It will be at the festival as Oasis Coffee offering that much-needed pump-up. Slurp-It is unique in the sense that it is fully mobile and can provide frozen carbonated beverages (FCB), aka slushies, anywhere in Melbourne. Normally, such products can only be obtained from stores but they also do events. Let's see how they cope with the Antipodes Greeks. St. Gerry's is a fresh and exciting modern spin on traditional world-sourced desserts. Complete with roaming food carts and stalls, it appears all over Melbourne venues including markets, shopping centres, street festivals and public events as well as other surprise popup locations. The doughnuts are bound to tantalise your tastebuds, as will the madeto-order desserts in a range of modern and traditional flavours. The Sweet & Nut Shop is a family business that opened its doors in 1968, in the heart of Melbourne's renowned Mediterranean precinct. It focuses on the celebration of Middle Eastern cuisine and culture, providing the best quality produce and several Greek-inspired delicacies, at the best possible price and offering customers a level of service that is truly exemplary. This weekend, close your eyes and pretend you are in Greece, enjoying Hellenic lager or a frozen frappe while being immersed in our rich history in the city's historic Greek Precinct.
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