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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 March 2019
6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM It was a full house, but organisers wished more young people were present. Fasolada Festival revives Florina’s traditions Over 500 servings of fasolada (baked bean soup) were dished out by the volunteers of 'Aristotelis', Florina's Cultural Centre in Melbourne. Once again, the Celebration of the Fasolada festival that has taken place at Whittlesea since 1992 drew crowds to the area to enjoy a Greek dish that has always had a place in people's hearts. The celebration of the fasolada is a tradition of the community of Florina, a town in the northwest Macedonia. Taking the podium, Mr Michael Velianis, President of the cultural centre, said that the custom dates back to the liberation of Florina in 1912, and he ex- pressed the hope that the tradition would continue for many more years to come. On his part, Panagiotis Tsalakopoulos noted that there were few young people present at the event. "We want young people to participate. Youth must return to the (Greek Australian) associations," he said. Festivities surrounded the humble Greek dish. Esteemed guests of the fasolada festival. Traditional Greek dances from Florina and around Greece entertained the crowds. The crew was on the ground, churning out bowls of fasolada.
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