THE Semaphore Greek Festival is back on the foreshore this weekend for the 39th year running.

Nearly 40,000 people are expected to come down to the beach on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate Greek culture with delicious traditional food, sweet treats, live music and dancing.

Greek Community of Port Adelaide president John Douvartzidis says this year’s event will be even bigger than last year’s, which attracted a record 38,000 attendees.

Volunteer organisers also hope to break another record — for the most amount of Greek honey puffs or “loukoumathes” produced at an event.

media_cameraGreek honey puffs or “loukoumathes”.

“If successful, we will apply for a Guinness world record,” Mr Douvartzidis says.

“If 38,000 people get a bowl of 10 Greek honey puffs, we are looking at a lot of honey puffs.”

About 300 volunteers from the local Greek community will run the event, cook the food and organise the entertainment.

Longtime volunteer Alexandra Vakitsidis compared them to the Spartan warriors.

“They were 300 and we are 300,” Mrs Vakitsidis said.

“They had swords, we have honey puffs, but we are both fighting to preserve our culture.” The festivities will run each day from 11am until late. Entry is free.

It takes 40 volunteers, 120kg of meat and 80kg of vine leaves to make thousands of dolmades for Darwin’s Glenti Greek festival. Vision: Hayley Sorensen

Thousands of dolmades being made for Darwin’s Glenti Greek festival

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