Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (TCOF) will be celebrated throughout all of September this year as an extension of the 10-day event that has taken place for the past 72 years, a sign of the success of its COVID Safe planning.

Taking centre stage over the new 30-day format will be more than 190,000 flowers and local flavours, as the event becomes a region-wide experience for both locals and visitors. Introduced last year by Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, #trEATS (Toowoomba Region EATS) is the regional food trail that takes place across greater Toowoomba throughout September, with cafes, restaurants and bars each offering a $10-$20 signature springtime dish inspired by the event.

Thirty-six local cafes, restaurants, bars and outlets have registered to take part, with dishes covering the entire taste spectrum. The 2021 line-up includes a Cobb+Co Museum with its re-imagined Wagon Wheel, Jilly’s Cafe with its cinnamon French toast with caramel sauce, ice cream, granola, fruit and fairy floss or The Baker’s Duck with its apple crumble éclair. On the savoury side, we have Hotel Norville with its Moreton Bay bug with pumpkin puree, Bar Wunder with its slow cooked beef quesadillas, Kajoku with its Tteok-Galbi (grilled short rib patties), or Burrow with its slow-roast pork belly.

“Flowers and flavour is one of the world’s great double acts and this year Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers will once again celebrate our regional flavour makers with the #trEATs program,” said Toowoomba Regional Council Environment and Community Committee Chair Cr James O’Shea. “We are famed for our incredible produce and flavours, and during the event where Toowoomba shines on the national stage, we can give locals and visitors alike a tasty food adventure for the whole month.”

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