The carnival was first introduced in 1950 as a way for the ‘Garden City’ to increase economic stimulation following the hardships of the war. Nowadays, the Carnival of Flowers is an annual event firmly marked in the regional community calendar with a diverse range of events and activities.
And it’s not hard to see why they’ve received such recognition. This year’s carnival itinerary is full of exciting events in gardening, dining and music. Tours are offered of the beautiful gardens Toowoomba is famous for, including Queens Garden, Picnic Point and Laurel Bank Park. The highlight of the floral calendar is the Grand Central Floral Parade, which attracts crowds of 100,000 people each year. Toowoomba Region Mayor, Paul Antoni, went as far as to say that,
“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.”
Held in conjunction with the carnival, The Ergon Energy Flower Food & Wine Festival is where you will find the food and music offerings. Renowned chef Miguel Maestre will be present, running cooking workshops alongside beer, wine and barbeque demonstrations. The musical line-up is full of impressive talent such as Katie Noonan, Birds of Tokyo and Emma Louise.
Highlights across the remaining program of events include cooking demonstrations and tastings with chef Miguel Maestre, a performance by Birds of Tokyo and of course plenty of garden tours to enjoy. For a full list of programs events, visit the Carnival website.
Words by Taylor Thomas
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