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Bulimba Festival 2012

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Street festival showcasing food, fashion & fun

There's a lot to be said for a good community street festival, and there's not much better a location for such an event than Bulimba's sophisticated Oxford Street, which on Saturday August 26 will become more lively than its normal self as the street is transformed into an outdoor marketplace bursting with a mix of food, fashion and free entertainment.

The Bulimba Festival, originally known as the Bulimba Carnivale is back in its second year in its revamped form, and is promising to be bigger than last year's festival which drew crowds of over 35,000 to Oxford Street and the adjacent Bulimba Memorial Park. The area will again host an array of market stalls in the food, fashion, arts and crafts categories, ensuring there is no shortage of ways and places to spend a bit of money and bring home a keepsake from the day. Many local boutique stores in the Bulimba area, such as Mary Ryan's Books and the Bulimba Florist, will have a presence at the festival as well as other stalls that appear in markets across Brisbane including the Mummy Tree Markets and Lily Pad Botanical.

Food, and stalls galore

Food at the Festival
Since Bulimba's Oxford Street is also known as the inner-east's dining mecca, many local restaurants and cafes will be tempting food lovers with their exciting food options including Turkish from Ahmets, and dumplings from Dumpling Envy. Since this is a street festival at its core, there is also a wide range of street food including fairy-floss, churros, doughnuts, German sausages and waffles.

Free Entertainment
As the day progresses into afternoon and then evening, free live entertainment will keep the atmosphere electric with performances from renowned alternative-pop artist Wendy Matthews in a major drawcard for the event. Audiences will also be entertained by Australian rock icon and former Hunters and Collectors frontman, Mark Seymour. In addition to music, fashion parades and cooking demonstrations scheduled throughout the day will ensure there is always something going on to watch.

Fun for the kids
Parents also need not be worried about keeping the kids interested as the Kids Corner in Bulimba Memorial Park will be akin to a sideshow alley featuring a jumping castle, dodgem cars, face painting, animal nursery, jumbo slide and more.
Regular fashion parades and other free entertainment will be scheduled throughout the day

All the actions kicks off from 9am and is scheduled to run into the evening. Getting their early is advisable if you are wanting to drive to the festival as parking is likely to be limited with large crowds expected at an event of this scale. For more information visit the Bulimba Festival's Website
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Why? For a community street festival for the whole family
When: Saturday August 26 from 9am
Where: Oxford Street, Bulimba
Cost: Free
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