Antipodes Greek Festival

Sat 29th February, 2020 – Sun 1st March, 2020
Lonsdale Street (between Swanston and Exhibition Streets), Melbourne
Price: Free entry
A two-day street party is taking over Lonsdale Street, with all the Greek delicacies, a cocktail party and a Zorba Till You Drop competition.

Eat souvlaki, drink ouzo and soak up the rich history of the Balkan Peninsula when Lonsdale Street becomes a haven for all things Greek for Antipodes Festival (formerly known as Lonsdale Street Greek Festival).

The city’s historic Greek precinct will be shut off to cars to make way for three stages and 90 food, drink and craft stalls. Feast on Greek delicacies such as yiros, grilled meats, haloumi and loukoumades (by Honey Dee). The street’s Greek eateries – Stalactites, Tsindos and International Cakes – will also get in on the festivities.

On Saturday night there’ll be a ticketed cocktail party (with food and booze included) on a balcony overlooking the festival. Plus, nearby bars Storyville, Touche Hombre and Emerald Peacock will be serving Greek-inspired offerings.

Returning this year are two competitions: Zorba Till You Drop, the ultimate test of dance endurance, where the last one standing will win return flights to Greece; and Magic Mic, a contest that invites amateur songsters to sing a song in Greek. New to the program is Pass the Pastitsio, which will search for the best version of the Greek pasta dish.

Across three stages there’ll be traditional and modern performances by more than 50 groups of musicians and dancers. Headlining the event is prominent Greek singer Yiota Negka in her Australian debut.

From 10am to late.

More information here.