Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
Spice up your weekend and enjoy the food at this Festival
The iconic Ginger, Flower and Food Festival is on again at the Ginger Factory, Yandina.
The show is certainly value for money with free admission. It goes over three days of the Australia Day long weekend from 23 to 25 January. Note that it's Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th (not the public holiday Monday).
Set in the gorgeous surroundings of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, just off the Bruce Highway, the festival includes three days showcasing Australia's largest and most exquisite range of ornamental gingers and heliconias.
The festival has jam packed in some great entertainment, celebrity cooking and gardening demonstrations, entertainers and lots of fantastic food. The gardens are beautiful just to stroll around.
The three day program is here. The demonstrations and entertainment are divided across four areas: the Blue Ginger Room, the Garden Gazebo, the Garden Walk and the Rainforest Glade Kids Zone.
This is a food lover's paradise. As an example of some of the shows to be seen, celebrity chef Matt Golinski features on the Friday and Saturday showcasing the Mary Valley region's amazing produce. There are Thai food demonstrations by Kelly Lord of the famous Spirit House, gluten free cooking, lots of local produce and products, discussions about composting and drought proofing, how to create floral displays, how to form a healthy garden base, edible flowers, healthy recycling, and author and chef Dominique Rizzo shares her favourite recipes and travel stories.
There's way too much to fit into just one day so it's great that the weekend is spread over three days.
In the Rainforest Glade Kids Zone children can learn how to make their own newspaper pot plant seedlings, create watercress egg heads, and make their own seed bombs.
The Ginger Factory's head gardener also takes visitors on a walk through the beautiful gardens explaining different plants and techniques.
With so much to see and do, as well as entertainers and fantastic food, this is a day trip to put on your list of things to do.
Yandina is located just over an hour north of Brisbane as easily accessed just 2 minutes off the Bruce Highway. Nearby tourist hubs such as Noosa, Mooloolaba and Caloundra make a great stopover or why not make a weekend of it and spend the night at one of these great destinations. The iconic Eumundi Markets are on Saturday morning too and are located 5 minutes away from Yandina.
The Ginger Factory gives factory tours and has a great Ginger Train that the kids will love. While you're there visit the Super Bee and find out how honey is made and processed. For a real treat for the kids, go overboard with the Gingerbread Man as he travels around the world.
Immerse yourself in the history of Ginger Town with its heritage style village, souvenirs, macadamia kitchen, motor garage and dolls cottage, or visit the Ginger Cafe or Bliss Icecream shop. There is a VIP card which gives discounts for these fantastic stopovers inside the Ginger Factory.
This festival makes a great day trip for the family. There are plenty of undercover areas in case it's an overcast day.
The Ginger Factory is located at 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina. Exit 215 off the Bruce Highway. Open from 9am to 5pm with free entry and free parking (note the festival is free and entry to the Ginger Factory is free but some of the Ginger Factory rides and attractions are at a cost as detailed on their website and at the links provided above).
Public transport to The Ginger Factory is available through Sunbus services. Route 631, travelling through Noosa, Cooroy, Eumundi, Yandina and Nambour, is the most convenient.
All photos courtesy of the Ginger Factory Facebook page.