I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: coeliacfamily.blogspot.com.au
I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
Living in a household of boys, I can't help but be surrounded by enjoyment of anything that goes fast and is really loud. That's why I'm keen to chase them out of the house on the 29 and 30 June for the Lockyer Powerfest. Send them off on a sixty minute drive to Laidley, where they can enjoy a weekend of speed boats and hot rods, and I can enjoy a quiet cup of tea and do girly things with my daughter!
The action starts on Saturday at the usually tranquil Lake Dyer, however from 12pm, the birdlife will be chased away when the lake revs up with the sounds of over fourty power boats travelling at ridiculous speeds across the water. Motor-heads will love the range of boats on display and will be thrilled by Formula 1, Six-litre displacement boats and the premier class of Blown Alcohol Displacement Boats.
That evening, head into Laidley town, to Patrick Street, which will come alive with bands and a street show. Visitors will be treated to an evening of car shows, music and food to be provided by Eagle Rock Café, Kelly's Takeaway and the Laidley Hotel. Find a spot and enjoy and watching classic, custom, hot rod, vintage or collector vehicles as they make their way through town.
On Sunday morning head back to Lake Dyer for a day of hot rod and classic car displays, of which there are expected to be over 400 registrations. Gates open at 9am with racing getting underway immediately. There will be a total of 24 races culminating in the final of the annual Queensland Cup, which is a race for the fastest six boats of any class on the day.
The event is sponsored by Lockyer Valley Regional Council and hosted by the Australian Street Rod Federation (Queensland Branch) and the Gold Coast branch of The Australian Power Boat Association.
My tip - bring earplugs for the littlies and pack a picnic, although food vendors will be on hand to feed hungry crowds. If you're into coffee, ice-cream, doughnuts, burgers and stuffed potatoes, then you won't need to bring a thing. Entry is $5 for adults on Saturday and $10 on Sunday. Children aged 10 - 17 are $2 both days, and under tens are free.
So if you are a lover of fast cars, speed boats, classic hot rods and would describe yourself as an adrenaline junkie, then now is the time to plan your accommodation, or let your better half know that you'll be heading off to Laidley Powerfest in June. For those of us less interested in all things fast and loud, it's time to suggest that perhaps a bit of father-son bonding time is in order and start planning that good book, box of chocolates and weekend of Sean Connery movies that you've been waiting for!