The Antipodes Greek Festival is this weekend, and they’re shutting down Melbourne’s Greek precinct for a celebration of traditional cuisine, performance, music and of course an all-in Zorba.
The three-day festival sees about 100,000 people pack into the stretch of Lonsdale Street that joins Swanston and Russell Streets for a big fat Greek party. This year, you’ll find over 90 food stalls spruiking the recipes passed down a long lineage of generations; think souvlaki, halloumi, mixed grill and handmade loukoumades in abundance. The elusive and sought-after St. Gerry’s food truck is also slated to be there, so make sure you stop by this culinary enigma for one of the best bougatsa (greek donuts) in Melbourne.
Once you’ve beaten through the crowds for a bougatsa, get yourself a spot front and centre at the main stage for one of the 50 acts paying tribute to Melbourne’s Greek heritage. The line-up is music-heavy, but there are a host of talks, dances and performances worth your time, too.
The Antipodes Greek Festival is a free, family-friendly affair, with plenty of activities for the little ones. Though come nightfall on Saturday, the annual Antipodes Cocktail Party returns to the Delphi Bank mezzanine, and it’s catered by masters of refined Greek cuisine, The Grounds of Arcadia.
Anyone who’s attended any sort of Greek party knows there’ll most likely be Zorba involved, and the Antipodes Greek Festival has certainly taken note with the annual Zorba Till You Drop. It’s pretty simple, the last one standing wins return flights to Greece—so get practising, and maybe hold off on the bougatsa until afterwards.
What: Antipodes Greek Festival
When: Saturday 29 February 11am to 10pm, and Sunday 1 March 12pm to 10pm
Where: Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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See what else is happening in Melbourne this weekend at our Things To Do section.
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