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Paniyiri Greek Festival, Saturday May 24 - Sunday May 25, 2014

Are you spending the weekend visiting Brisbane in May? Wondering what to do in your VroomVroomVroom Car Hire? Time for you to head to Musgrave Park in South Brisbane!

Paniyiri Festival in Brisbane

Paniyiri, Photo by David Jackmanson for www.brisbaneishome.com

The smell of freshly stomped grapes, frying haloumi cheese and honey puffs fill the air and the bouzouki is calling you to dance the Zorba. Welcome to the Paniyiri Festival! One of the largest cultural festivals, held annually in Queensland. With Olive eating competitions, Food stalls, Fashion parades, Greek cooking classes and an after party that will wake the Gods on Mt Olympus this two day festival will keep you and your Brisbane Car Hire very busy.

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The 38th Paniyiri festival will be held in 2014 commencing on the afternoon of the 24th May (beginning at 12pm) and the 25th (beginning at 10am). The two days will be full of food, wine and music mixed with learning about Ancient Greek religion and Gods and how to cook the perfect spanokopita. According to the official website, “In Musgrave Park more than 30 food stalls will showcase the tastes, recipes and secrets of food from all corners of Greece while on the main stage famous Greek dances the Zorba, Sirto, Kalamatiano and Sousta, performed to music performed on traditional Greek instruments including the bouzouki, tarabuka, lira and laouto are enjoyed by Greeks and non-Greeks alike in a wonderful cross cultural celebration.”

VroomVroomVroom suggests you show up early in your Brisbane rental car to get a great parking location! Because, as the Festival site also says, “The Paniyiri Main Stage in Musgrave Park will host over 20 hours of entertainment over the weekend including the return of Greek Dancing with the Stars with surprise special guests; a world record Zorba attempt; Grape Stomping, Olive and Honeypuff Eating Competitions; Hellenic Dancing and Zorba Till You Drop. The Greek Club will be a hive of activity with the popular traditional Greek Cooking Demonstrations featuring Queensland's culinary greats plus the screening of cultural films and just next door, the Greek Orthodox Church will conduct tours to the beautiful sounds of the Byzantine Choir.”

So pick up your keys to your Brisbane car rental from VroomVroomVroom and try out some Hellenic hospitality!

Buy a 2-Day Pass which entitles you to 2 full days entry at the Paniyiri Greek Festival for only $16.50, Click Here!

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Oktoberfest

October is Brisbane's most awaited month as they turn Bavarian for Australia's largest Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest Brisbane is Queensland's major German Festival and it celebrates all things German over the 2nd and 3rd October weekend annually. It is a fabulously exciting and fun tourist magnet for anyone whose set to visit the Sunshine State.

As a leader in the car rental industry, VroomVroomVroom didn't miss this chance of being part of this grand celebration. We were all ready to embrace the inner German in us.

For years, the Oktoberfest is a much awaited social event that allows almost everyone to drop their worries and enjoy life at its best! It is a very traditional 'family affair' having started by two Australian-German families, Reimer Moeller and Boris Zoulek together with their partners, family and friends.

What started out as a small festival they built, designed, and organised grew into a huge event that caters more than 35,000 guests annually.

Brisbane Oktoberfest brought much honour not just to Australia but to the city of Brisbane as well, as it was named one of the Top 10 Oktoberfests outside Germany. This type of success can be summarized in one word: authenticity.

What brings this authenticity in the atmosphere, then? For one, it's the transformation into the traditional Bavarian village. It comes with the bustling, welcoming, and warm celebration, of course. Just by standing in the middle of the little 'village', the sounds and smells, accompanied by the drinks in sight, can transport you 10,000 miles away. Laughter and camaraderie are everywhere.

Tourists and visitors from all around the world were treated to two exciting weekends at this iconic German festival. Crowd favourites Münchner Buam, Heidi & Adeline, Yodellers, graced Oktoberfest Brisbane 2013, along with the Alpenrosen Dance Group who made the cowbells ring and honed their leg-slapping skills. On the other hand, foodies were able to cook up a German storm!

The highlights of this year's Oktoberfest Brisbane 2013 include the 'Anzapfen' Opening Ceremony, Beardmeister, Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane, Bavarian Strongman, and Sunday Family Fun Days among others.

October 11 at 4:30pm marked the commencement of the festivities. Oktoberfest Brisbane recreates the authentic Munich Oktoberfest tradition as the Lord Mayor taps the first keg and announces “O'zapft is!” to finally kick off the two weekend schedule of events.

Guests from all over the world witnessed Brisbane's pool of finest young women as they showcase their agility, style, learning ability and knowledge in this white and blue Bavarian tradition in Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane 2013. Winners were crowned on the 12th of October.

Along with the celebration of the beauty and brains, the Bavarian Strongman event proved to be an action-packed thriller as it aims to prove who the toughest in nailing, keg rolling, jam doughnut eating are. This kind of event is definitely not for the cowardly. The Beardmeister occasion featured beards and moustaches going against each other for the South-East Queensland's first ever facial hair competition.

Sundays are truly Family Fun Days as Brisbane Oktoberfest prepared a number of activities for the young ones like baby animal farm, carnival rides, roving entertainment, face painting, yodeling, and bell ringing. Guests of all ages are all welcomed warmly.  

Other notable merriments include savouring traditional German dishes, drinking beer made by the 340-year-old Bavarian brewery, Tucher Brewery, and the presentation of everything German. As the Brisbane Oktoberfest 2013 concludes, one thing is sure: all ze group, all ze family, all ze friends had a fun-filled and terrific outing in Brisbane's Bavaria!


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