Get stuck into Glendi treats

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TESS IKONOMOU

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.

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