The 2017 Easter Streets & Lanes Festival gave a musical welcome to foodies and market-goers in Toowoomba. It was easy to locate the huge number of sounds, sights and smells with schedules pointing the way. Featured artists Caleb Hart, Scat and The Walmsley Brothers graced the stages.
Library precinct alive with classy jazz, international food, stalls and family fun.
Toowoomba City Church's justice-related artwork. House of Henna, $5 body art.
It seemed that every local business got in on the act. The new posh pub on the block, Tom Collins, hosted performers from morning till night. In between shows the children played on the big-seat swing with Mums and Dads or played giant chess in Kwong Sang Walk. The walk also hosted sought-after lunch delights and tons of performers, such as Bree, Caleb Hart and Megan & the Achilles. House of Henna, temporary art for your body, $5.
As well as eateries, market stalls got going early in Annand Street's best kept secret cafes. Maps provided on the schedule. Farmer's Markets finished around 11am. Fresh produce with a difference plus Zhi Ba Candles sweet aromas from luxury soy candles (0438 243 743). Moroccan design bowls, outdoor quilted jars, beaten copper bowls. Beeswax Hand Cream. Bees working live in a hive by Local Honey. Pork in rolled roast, USA Ribs, Loin chops, pork cheeks, sliced ham, GF snags, bacon bones & pork knuckles.
Colourful range of goodies in the Annand St Farmer's Markets.
Steeped & Infused teas like Emerald Sunset, Cream Caramel & Vanilla, Detox & Cleanse, Chamomile. Kerri Louisa's singing with acoustic guitar was the perfect wrap-up for the morning's markets. Children played with enormous blocks on the lawn. As well as the neighbouring cafés, there was more than enough choice for munchies. It was on to St Luke's Anglican Church next.
Zhi Ba Candles' stunning range of aromatic candles by Kelly Charles, 0438 243 743.
Even if you're not into antique collectibles, there were plants, coffee by Cup of Encouragement, a sausage sizzle, second-hand books and live Christian music. A jumping castle on site was bouncing to the beat. Yummy sausages being sizzled were lamb & rosemary, pork & fennel, or plain pork.
Not your every day carnival glass and shrubbery at St Luke's Anglican Church Antiques and Collectibles.
Fun for the families, everything big - chess, swing and blocks.
And now to the Library precinct. Huge markets, big live and classy jazz sounds from the gorgeous trio Nathan, April & Tiapye. Another jumping castle. Naturally, there were plenty of food choices. Extra food vans lined the streets around the corner. Aboriginal art adjacent to the Library enhanced the arty feel of this part of the event. Spiritual displays created a change in dynamic.
The Access Story for example, began a thought process with their walk-through Easter story. Access invites you to 'write yourself into the story' in their interactive display. Plus Adoption - the gift of my life from the adorable Not Born Yet, The Freedom Project saving kids from trafficking, Toowoomba City Women and Bella Magazine.
The streets and lanes were alive with the sound of music.
Around every corner of Toowoomba you could spot stalls and performers. Even a street preacher heralded the gospel. Grabbing a onesie for the kids was easy: giraffe, lion or alligator. Park St Cosmetics and the Freedom Project popped up along Ruthven St.
Discover your next Easter long weekend destination in Toowoomba's Streets & Lanes Festival 2018. Watch for next year's event and follow on Facebook.