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Australian Handmade Gifts and Sensational Gourmet Delights
My fellow Queenslanders. It's so darn hot, the only way we're getting a white Christmas is if we cover ourselves in zinc cream. So stop dreaming of a white Christmas and instead treat yourself to some quality, unique and tasteful Christmas shopping away from the boring same same but different sprawl of the overcrowded malls.
The Bush Christmas Exhibition features works by some of Australia's most talented rural and remote artisans. It's the 20th anniversary of the creative showcase this year, held from Friday 2nd of December to Sunday 11th December at the Masonic Centre in Toowoomba. Step inside the exhibition and you'll find innovative, affordable and quality handmade gifts, artworks and gourmet products for sale just in time for Christmas shopping.
Bush Christmas Gourmet Hampers are a good idea for those hard to buy for folk. These decadent, treat filled hampers have handmade goodies from some of the most mouth-watering products from producers in rural and remote areas.
Bush Christmas Gourmet Hampers' say, "All of our delicious products are nestled in a bed of natural cotton, topped with gum leaves and packed in a white box tied up with ribbon.
[p]"With a Bush Christmas hamper, not only will you be providing a unique and enjoyable gift to your staff and clients, or friends and family but you will also be supporting producers in the bush."
Festive Delights Hamper (Pictured) Bush Christmas Cheese board 20x30cm. Handcrafted pine. Wolfgang Cheese Knife 100g. Handcrafted pewter with Australian flora handle. Bush Christmas Beetroot Chutney 270g. Delicious on meats and cheeses. The Spice Company Moroccan Spice Mix 28g. Mix with sour cream or cream cheese for a appetizing dip. Order or find out more about this and other hampers here.
Speaking of orders, if you're in the market for a sumptuous rum soaked Christmas cake, you're advised to order in advance, as they always sell out fast. If you can't make it to the Exhibition, you can still order a cake and have it delivered to your door.
This year The Bush Christmas Exhibition will be showcasing featured exhibitors each day with a special display. Some of the exhibitors will be present to talk to shoppers about their passion and their stories.
Featured Artist Schedule
Friday 2 December
Kerry Lloyd - Glass Creations
Jen McCormack - Silver Jewellery
Tuesday 6 December
Will's Projects & Designs – Will & Christine Drennert
Tuesday 6 December
Sandi Harrold - Artist
Tuesday 6 December
Kellie Oxenford - Leven K Lavender
Wednesday 7 December
Thursday 8 December
Emma Fraguas - Artist
Rather than traditional market stalls, you'll find displays and gallery style exhibits and one point of purchase. If you want to make a day of it, why not bring a group of friends along on Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th or Thursday 8th December and experience the 'Culture & Cuisine' Lunch package?
'Culture & Cuisine' Lunch
• Visit the Bush Christmas Exhibition
• Receive a Bush Christmas boxed handmade Christmas cake
• Take a guided tour of the historic Empire theatre
• Have lunch at Encores Restaurant overlooking the gardens (includes a main course and a glass of wine, soft drink or juice)
The package gives you plenty of time to explore, shop and enjoy, and is $60 per person.
Whatever way in which you decide to enjoy the Bush Christmas Exhibition, you're sure to appreciate the free onsite parking. There are ATMs nearby, but none on site, though cards and even cheques can be accepted. Admission is free and the exhibition is open from 9.00am to 6.00pm daily.