Redcliffe: a small seaside city, home to cafes, bars and water activities.Usually not too busy and slow enough to enjoy a nap by the bay. Not this weekend.
Pack the family into the car and take the drive thirty minutes north of the city and participate in the festivities as Redcliffe bursts at the seams with visitors September 17th and 18th. Watch the world water ski championships take place on the Peninsula and super boats carve the water at speeds over 250 kilometres an hour as part of the Celebrate Redcliffe Festival.
Previously known as the First Settlement Festival, The Celebrate Redcliffe Festival has a huge range of events and activities for all ages.
For sport fanatics, Saturday is your day with over 350 competitors from 12 countries throughout hurl over open water in a first of it's kind event in Queensland. The ultra fit athletes exceed speeds of over 160 kilometres on their machines with 1200 horsepower worth well over $250,000. To be well informed of the event and have a heads up above all over viewers, click here.
Adding to the excitement and day of speed, the Celebrate Redcliffe Festival is giving you the chance watch as huge cranes lower spectacular speed boats into the water where they start their engines and roar into practise from 10:00am at Scarborough Boat Harbour. The official race takes place the following day from the Redcliffe foreshore.
As well as unbelievable water sports, there will be live entertainment on dry land for the rest of us with markets and stalls and amusement rides.
Sunday sees a day of musical talents and delicious food with the day kicking off at 8"00am with the annual ' 'Big Bayside Brekkie'. Fill your tummy with breakfast samples from over ten cafe's and eateries along Redcliffe parade.
After breakfast, use that fuel to dance the mid morning away from 9am with the Jetty stage set up with a backdrop of the bay and the aromas of the Coffee Club wafting from across the road on Redcliffe Parade with a variety of musicians and bands.
If you'r like me and food is your thing, Sunday afternoon will be heaven for us, especially if you love taste testing-and who doesn't. Redcliffe welcomes celebrity chef Craig Young from 2011's Masterchef, showcasing his best recipes. Morgans Seafood, the very tasty Italian Rustic Olive and the groovy Retro Cafe will all participate also with the alfresco 'Seaside Kitchen' festivities in Charlish park.
Local radio station 99.7fm will also be broadcasting live form 9am until midday. Listeners can get on down and say g'day to the announcers and win a prize or two on the 99.7fm prize wheel.
The Celebrate Redcliffe Festival is the place to be this weekend, September 17th and 18th.