Get into the spirit of Spring with the annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2015!
Running for 10 jam-packed days from Friday 18th to Sunday 27th of September, 2015, this very special family-friendly festival will feature endless stunning floral displays and vibrant community gardens, an all-star live music line-up, a fabulous array of gourmet food stalls and cellar doors and lots of exciting celebrity guests!
Prepare your petals, ready your ears and cleanse your palates … it's Carnival time!
Regarded as the longest-running floral event of its kind in Australia, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers grows bigger, brighter and more colourful each year, attracting tourists from Queensland, interstate and internationally.
The brainchild of Essex Tait and the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers was introduced as a way for the city to use their "Garden City" reputation to promote increased economic activity following the recent hardships of war.
The inaugural event was held on October 21, 1950 with a street procession that stretched three miles in length. Led by a bullock team and watched by a crowd estimated to be 50,000 strong, the Parade was a resounding success. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers subsequently became firmly cemented as an annual event in the region's community calendar.
This year, event-goers will enjoy a premiere celebration of flowers, as well as a major cultural event celebrating the best of the region's thriving food, wine and arts culture.
Highlights of the 2015 programme include special guests Chelsea Flower Show award winner, gardening guru and Selling Houses Australia presenter Charlie Albone and four-time Australian Interflora Florist of the year, Bart Hassam.
The iconic Grand Central Floral Parade will Iight up the streets on Saturday 19 September 2015. This much loved event attracts tens of thousands of people annually and concludes with the Parade Floral Market.
The music program is just as exciting with ARIA Award-winning folk rockers, The Audreys, joining an all-star list that features national and internationally acclaimed acts like The Beautiful Girls, Taxiride and Josh Pyke, who will be combining his crooning talents with the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra. For the kids, Hoot & Hootabelle will be coming to town for a very special performance!
Foodies will be able to taste the best produce in the region at the Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival. Held from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September 2015, this special event will showcase numerous market stalls and cellar doors and feature a range of activities, including cooking demonstrations with Fast Ed Cooking and Monica Topliss.
If you would rather enjoy the festive atmosphere at dusk, make sure to head to the Bites and Brews Lane event on Friday 25th September 2015. From 4pm, Toowoomba's newest CBD laneway will play host to a fantastic array of artists, designers, amazing food vans and craft beers! And that's just a sample of what's on offer!
There's sure to be something to please families, creative types, music fans, food lovers, flower fans, fashionistas, wine connoisseurs and beer drinkers alike at this year event, whether they attend for a day or a week-long Spring break!
Last year the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers won Best Festival and Event at the annual Australian Tourism Awards. Why not come along this year and find out what all the fuss is about!