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Oh petal, you don't to want to miss this
Eat and play among the petals at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers: September 16-25, 2016
I am a firm believer that every Queenslander needs to do the Toowoomba Carnival of Flower,s at the very least, once in their lifetime. Believe me when I say there is a reason 100,000 people line the streets to watch The Grand Central Floral Parade.
Over 10 days in September Toowoomba flaunts its magnificent beauty during the Carnival of Flowers. The program this year consists of over 50 unique events and experiences including internationally acclaimed musical acts, award winning parks and some of the best food and wine to be found in Southern Queensland.
I attended last year and can assure you there is plenty to see and do. Make sure you take your camera; you are going to want to capture this floral and artistic wonderland.
This year the city's parks will take centre stage in a program of hosted walking tours and visits – Laurel Bank Park, Queens Park, Picnic Point and Spring Bluff will all be carefully curated into sensational spring flower displays, while the myriad of community floral events add to the blanket of colour that covers the city during Carnival.
In a first for the city and for the carnival, a new welcoming program called Carnival Greeters will take place for the 10 days. More than 50 Carnival Greeters will be on hand throughout the city, to guide visitors and locals alike on walks and tours and to offer colourful insights into the Carnival experience.
Flowers: Dear Eyes, Toowoomba comes bearing gifts for your soul.
This year a host of three of Australia's leading names in Floral Design, Charlie Albone (Chelsea Flower Garden Show Winner) , Annita Bokobli (2016 Interflora Australia Cup Winner) and Bart Hassam (Four-time Australian Interflora Florist of the year and Intercontinental Asia Cup winner) will create floral installations and take part in a range of events
Music: Dear Ears, musical bliss awaits.
Ready your petals because the country's most spectacular flowers won't be the only ones contently swaying under our southern sky. Musically, the line-up is the envy of festivals nationally with Australian music royalty set to perform over three days at the Ergon Energy Flower, Food and Wine Festival – the internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Tim Finn; The Whitlams with the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra in what will be a spectacular concert event; acclaimed songstress Katie Noonan, and a rollcall of musical greats including Birds of Tokyo, Montaigne, Emma Louise, The Chantoozies, Eurogliders and the Models. At Sideshow Alley super-hot DJs Mashd N Kutcher lead the charge on stage.
Food: Dear Tastebuds, be warned, Miguel is set to woo!
One of the most popular chefs in the country, Miguel Maestre, will lend his acclaimed blend of culinary flavour and personality to the Carnival this year, supported by a range of local chefs and the best regional produce there is.
Toowoomba Region Mayor, Paul Antonio, said the Carnival was and would continue to be a standout event on the Australian calendar. "With 67 years of floral magic under its belt, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers continues to build audiences and extend programming parameters, both important milestones as a leading event for locals and visitors alike," he said. "This year's floral program is one of the best, promising breathtaking displays of botanic brilliance across floral exhibits, fresh flower markets, glorious garden tours, floristry competitions and more. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Toowoomba in September."
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