Experience flower power at Garden City’s carnival
Toowoomba’s famous carnival is now in its 68th year
PREPARE your petals, ready your ears and cleanse your palates because the 68th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has unveiled its program of music, food, fun, wine, floral art and gardening.
Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio said the carnival was, and would continue to be, a stand-out event on the Australian calendar.
“This year’s floral program once again is a testament to our bold ambition for this event, promising breathtaking displays of botanic brilliance across floral exhibits, fresh flower markets, glorious garden tours and more,” he said.
“We look forward to welcoming everyone to Toowoomba in September.”
The carnival, the brainchild of Essex Tait and the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, was introduced in 1949 as a way for the city to use its Garden City reputation to promote economic activity following the recent hardships of the Second World War.
On October 21, 1950, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers started with a street procession that stretched 4.8km in length.
Led by a bullock team and watched by a crowd of about 50,000, the parade was a resounding success and the carnival subsequently became firmly cemented as an annual event.
From September 15 to 24, locals and visitors can take advantage of a program of more than 60 events and experiences, including internationally acclaimed musical acts, award-winning parks, some of the best food and wine in southern Queensland and a multitude of cultural activities.
This year special guests at the Ergon Energy Food and Wine Festival include ABC Gardening Australia’s Sophie Thompson and Australian chef Anna Gare, and music acts include Daryl Braithwaite.
He will perform along with legendary Australian rockers The Angels as well as Australian band The Temper Trap.
Others in the line-up include The Paper Kites, Boys in the Band and The Diamonds as well as Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Alex Lahey and The Voices, a stunning collaboration of some of the biggest names in Australian music – Mark Gable (Choirboys), Dale Ryder (Boom Crash Opera), Reece Mastin (X Factor sensation) and Jason Sigh (Taxiride).
The Grand Central Floral Parade, which remains firmly at the heart of the celebration, will bring the city to a standstill on September 16 when more than 100,000 people line the streets.
◗ Isaiah Firebrace will be among the entertainers wowing Toowoomba crowds.
Don't miss all of the fun, flowery action at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and, right, The Diamonds will perform at the carnival.