There will be mouth-watering food devoured, lavouto strings plucked, and many a plate smashed to the cheers of “Opa!” when the Melbourne Greek community get together for the vibrant and colourful Oakleigh Greek Glendi festival.
On Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, Warrawee Park in Oakleigh will come alive with the sounds and tastes of Glendi, celebrating a culture that knows how to enjoy life, family and community.
During the Glendi festival, Oakleigh will play host to a weekend of authentic tastes, smells and sounds of Greece, as local Greek artists, musicians and dancers come together for this celebration of food, music and fun.
The Glendi festival is the Greek community’s open invitation to everyone to celebrate cultural diversity through music, performance and food.
Glendi is the Greek word for festival and is a time the community commemorates the Greek National Day of Ohi and the patron saints of Sts Anargiri.
This festival is all about food and fun, with a distinctively Mediterranean taste.
Visitors can browse the artisan market stalls and entertainment across two stages as well as the many stalls full of traditional delicacies and refreshments, while the kids enjoy the rides and take part in cooking competitions. Just don’t miss out on the Loukamade eating competition!
And once you’ve soaked in all the colour and life of Greece, you will want to make sure you’ve stocked up on raffle tickets – first prize is a trip for two to Greece, where you can put your new-found culinary tastes, dancing skills and ability to good use.
Glendi is a free event and is organised by the Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh and District and Oakleigh Grammar.
Oakleigh Glendi 2017
Dates: Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5
Time: from 12noon
Location: Warrawee Park, 1 Atherton Rd, Oakleigh
Full program available at oakleighglendi.com.au