Greek dancers Harry Katsaneris, 5, Zoi Katsaneris, 2, Alexandra Vakitsidis, 63, and Christofer Vakitsidis, 6. Picture: David Cronin Source: News Limited
THE entertainment will be stepped up a gear at this weekend’s Semaphore Greek Festival, billed as Adelaide’s largest cultural festival.
Organiser John Douvartzidis said more than 30,000 people were expected to flock to the Semaphore foreshore for the event on Saturday and Sunday.
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Mr Douvartzidis said a highlight of this year’s program was X-Factor Greece contestant Maria Stavropoulou.
Stavropoulou lives in Sydney but travelled to Greece for the competition in 2009.
“She’s the premier Greek female singer in Australia,” Mr Douvartzidis said.
“That’s going to attract a massive crowd.
“She has a massive following Australia-wide.”
There will also be a range of Greek dance groups performing, along with four live bands, up from the usual two.
Mr Douvartzidis said the highlight of the festival for most people was the scrumptious Greek food.
He said festival-goers particularly looked out for yiros, souvlakia, calamari, spanakopita (spinach pie) and Greek sweets like loukoumades (deep-fried dough soaked in honey).
“The food is unbelievable,” he said.
“You won’t find better food anywhere. It’s spoken about by everyone.”
Volunteer Alexandra Vakitsidis said she was looking forward to sharing Greek culture and food with all the visitors to Semaphore.
“Some people can’t go and visit Greece and the island and we make it easier to see what we have in Greece,” Mrs Vakitsidis said.
The festival, in its 35th year, is run by 250 volunteers from the Greek Orthodox Community of Port Adelaide and is the church’s main fundraiser.
Events start at 11am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday, and run until midnight on both days.
Entry is free.