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Art Gallery Exhibition

Page last published: 26 Mar 2013

Selling an American Dream: Australia's Greek Cafes

 Greek-run cafés populated Australian country towns and cities, merging local fare with new American food-catering ideas. Prior to the explosion of American fast-food franchises, Greek cafés contributed to a major change in Australian eating habits. While a traditional mixed grill remained a favourite, Greek cafés were known for their introduction of 'American' sodas, ice-cream sundaes, milk shakes, hamburgers, milk chocolates and candies into communities right across Australia.

Alexakis' stunning photographs capture the decor of the cafés, their customers and the owners who worked hard to make their businesses successful. Memorabilia from several Greek cafés, including classic Art Deco tableware and café signs, assist in bringing Australia's Greek café era to life. Research undertaken throughout Australia and internationally highlights these cafés as a 'Trojan Horse' for the Americanisation of Australian popular culture – not only affecting eating habits but also cinema, music and architecture.

The exhibition is part of the 2013 Greek Festival of Sydney event.

  • Where: Macquarie University Art Gallery, E11A Building
  • When:  20th March - 1st May 2013 (including all Saturdays in April)
  • Cost: Free
  • Parking: Closest parking to the Art Gallery is in Parking fees apply. Tickets can be purchased from vending machines in carparks.
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