Australia’s John Farnham has been announced as the headline act to perform at Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine in Queens Park on Sunday 22 September. He will be closing the opening weekend of the 70th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers which was announced two weeks after the 70th-anniversary program was unveiled featuring 77 events.

Peter Lock, CEO of Heritage Bank said “The music line-up at The Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine this year is nothing short of spectacular. John Farnham is the biggest name we have ever welcomed to the Festival, and we cannot wait to see and hear him play under the lights at Queens Park on Sunday, September 22, to what will be a capacity crowd. The weekend features a program of talented music-makers, with new and emerging bands on the Friday night, epic sound creators on Saturday playing some of the biggest songs in history, and then a Sunday led by the man himself, John Farnham.”

The Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine opens on Friday 20 September with the all-female four-piece ensemble Pink Matter before Sydney-based performer Sloan Peterson takes over and indie rock band Middle Kids will be closing the night. On Saturday the program opens with Electrik Lemonade, before powerhouse tribute band Queen Forever takes over, followed by ABBA tribute group Bjorn Again who will be closing the night. The program then opens on Sunday with Brisbane band Cheap Fakes followed by Australian band Dragon before Headliner John Farnham closes the event.

The Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine also features over 50 produce and wine stalls celebrating flavours straight from the bountiful paddocks, orchards and vineyards of the Southern Queensland country region. There will be cooking demonstrations by acclaimed Australian Chef Adrian Richardson, garden design talks by Dave Franklin from The Block as well as beer and Barbecue master classes and floral installations led by the Interflora World Cup champion Brisbane-based Bart Hassam.

The Toowoomba Carnival of  Flowers will exhibit across 1100 hectares of public parks and private garden shining with more than 180,000 bulbs and seedlings in full bloom. Gardeners across the city have been planning and planting over the past month to ensure everything blooms in perfect timing for the expected 250,000 locals and visitors who celebrate the event.

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