Get stuck into Glendi treats
TOWNSVILLE will eat and drink its way through the Mediterranean today and tomorrow at the Glendi Festival.
Glendi president Peter Gianoulis said there would be a variety of food and activities on offer at the event at Riverway.
“Amazing Greek food, Italian, Spanish and French … we also have belly dancers from the Turkish community and a Spanish flamenco band,” he said. “We have some new additions this year like the churros, but also open deli cheese and salami platters.
“People can also enjoy making wines by participating in grape crushing, and throwing tomatoes at their friends to help raise money for farmers and the drought relief.”
Mr Gianoulis said he hoped the festival would help bring the community together.
“We’d like to be an example of what our multicultural society is and what we are,” he said. “We are very much the same really, but also have different characteristics … we want the festival to be like welcoming people into our homes and sharing food, culture and language. So it should be like a big backyard party relaxing with family and friends and enjoying the festivities.”
Mr Gianoulis said with each generation, migrant communities had felt more comfortable.
“There were certainly some barriers to interacting with the general community for my parents, but that’s changed and I think we have taken some good from those cultures for our own and that we’re a lot more tolerant.”
FUN FOR ALL: Past Glendi president Bill Malandris and this year’s president, Peter Gianoulis.