More than 90,000 people endured the heat to enjoy all that the 2012 Lonsdale Street Glendi had to offer last weekend.Prime Minister Julia Gillard with Bill Papastergiadis (President, GOCMV) - Image: Constantly Flashing During the official opening on Saturday evening, launched by Acting Premier Peter Ryan, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced...
More than 90,000 people endured the heat to enjoy all that the 2012 Lonsdale Street Glendi had to offer last weekend.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard with Bill Papastergiadis (President, GOCMV) - Image: Constantly Flashing
During the official opening on Saturday evening, launched by Acting Premier Peter Ryan, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the Federal Government will contribute $2million to the Greek Cultural Centre to be built by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne & Victoria. “We are thrilled that Prime Minister Julia Gillard is supporting our exciting new project, and her announcement is testament to the vitally and strength of Melbourne’s Greek Community,” said Bill Papastergiadis, President of the Greek Community of Melbourne & Victoria shortly after.
Pantelis Thalassinos. Image: Constantly Flashing
Thousands crowded around the main stage on Saturday night to see Pantelis Thalassinos and his band perform two hours of old favourites including Ta Smirneika Tragoudia and Karavia Chiotika, and other songs from his new upcoming album.
Saturday night crowd
In addition to the 57 stalls that lined Lonsdale Street, the Chobani Greek Kitchen, Neos Kosmos Cultural Plateia and Della Rosa Kids Space offered plenty of entertainment for Glendi goers. The Chobani Greek Kitchen hosted cooking demonstrations by several much-loved local chefs and cooks including Vicki Peppos and Mary Valle from the Sweet Greek Cooking School and Susie Rerakis, Katina Rerakis and Eleni Gerasimou from Philhellene Provincial Cuisine.
Vas Donoudis in the Chobani Greek Kitchen. Image: Constantly Flashing
The Della Rosa Kids space provided many proud moments for parents. watching their children perform in traditional Greek costumes. Many learned how to Greek dance or relaxed with some Greek storytelling. Half way down the street in the Neos Kosmos Cultural Plateia, a number of cultural organisations demonstrated traditions from a number of regions, through dancing, music and exhibitions.
Della Rosa Kids Space. Image: Constantly Flashing
Withstanding 36 degrees on Sunday to dance the Zorba for over an hour, was Harry Pantelios. His efforts were rewarded with a trip to Greece courtesy of Touchdown Tours.
Harry Pantelios- Zorba til you Drop Winner. Image: Constantly Flashing
Winner of the 2012 Best Greek Coffee competition was Yiannoula Capones from Ararat. Thank you to Oasis Coffee for their prizes and involvement in this fun event
Entrants of all ages in the Best Greek Coffee Competition. Image: Constantly Flashing