Freda makes rolling dolmades look straightforward. (ABC Information: Gabrielle Lyons)
What’s the collective noun for dolmades? A munch? A plate? A roll?
This was the query circulating Darwin’s Greek group corridor as grandmothers, moms, wives and sisters filed in to begin getting ready dolmades for town’s annual Glenti Competition.
1000’s of grapevine leaves had been handwashed and mince was blended with spices earlier than 50 units of arms started rolling the standard savoury deal with.
Vakina Poniris orchestrated the ceremony and mentioned this was her 11th 12 months supporting the occasion, which helps increase funds for youngsters’s charity Give Me 5 For Children.
Ms Thorbjornsen typically describes dolmades as “Greek sushi”. (ABC Information: Gabrielle Lyons)
“Our volunteers who come to roll by no means allow us to down; they end their church service then stroll into the group corridor, tie on their apron and get began rolling,” she mentioned.
“We stand up to 70 or 100 ladies who are available to assist us out. They’re extremely keen about our Greek heritage.
“By the point the pageant kicks off, we could have half a tonne of meat dolmades and round 100 kilos of vegetarian choices — it is lots of preparation work, but additionally an amazing alternative for all of us to gossip.”
That is how we roll
Elleni Thorbjornsen, who describes dolmades as “Greek sushi”, mentioned this was her first time attending the rolling ceremony.
“Lots of Greeks in Darwin name them a fila, not dolmades — you’ll hear that identify used interchangeably, however the leaf itself is a filo leaf which comes from the grapevine,” she mentioned.
As quickly because the church service ended, the ladies hurried into the corridor to start rolling. (ABC Information: Gabrielle Lyons)
The 26-year-old mentioned she was seemingly the youngest individual within the room, however that it was the older generations who held probably the most pleasure of their rolling experience.
“It is these older ladies which have been right here because the starting of Greek immigrants and the start of the Glenti Greek pageant,” she mentioned.
“They’re so devoted to come back right here and roll a whole bunch and hundreds of dolmades. They’ve a lot pleasure for his or her group and a lot love in giving and cooking meals for the group.”
Ms Thorbjornsen mentioned her household had been based mostly in Darwin for 3 generations and that the Glenti pageant demonstrated the energy of the Greek group within the High Finish.
“The Greek wives of Darwin know meals they usually know methods to share love — that is what the wrapping of the vines is all about.”
Ms Gomatas says she hopes the youthful era will maintain the pageant going from energy to energy. (Equipped: In The Lens Images)
Athens of the north
Lillian Gomatos mentioned she had deliberate to go to Darwin for six months again in 1967; she’s now known as the High Finish residence for greater than 50 years.
It was the tightknit group and built-in cultures that influenced her to begin the Glenti Competition.
“The group in Darwin is so welcoming and so open to all cultures — 52 years later and now I’ve grandchildren that decision Darwin residence too,” she mentioned.
“My committee in 1988 began the Glenti celebration. On that first pageant we thought it will be a easy barbecue however eight,000 folks attended.
“It has grown ever since and this 12 months we predict almost 50,000 guests.”
She mentioned the pageant was a major instance of the transient and thrilling tradition of Darwin.
“Sure, we need to share Greek tradition, and sure, we would like folks to eat and smile, however what the help from larger Darwin really reveals is how open we’re to all cultures and traditions.
“I’m so extremely pleased with our Greek group and town we name residence.”