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Highlights of first carnival weekend

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FOOD trails, floral displays and night light shows are just some of the major highlights planned for the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers’ first major weekend.

More than 190,000 flowers are currently sprouting across the Garden City’s major parks, just in time for flocks of residents and visitors throughout September.

The first major event of the carnival will be the inaugural High Cheese.

This gourmet grazing event will be hosted by chef Alastair McLeod and features the best produce from the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley regions.

The backdrop for the event is the historic Spring Bluff Railway Station.

Tickets are still available for the 9.30am-11.30am session on Saturday.

The $124 entry includes a cheese-focused gazing platter, cocktail on arrival and twohour drinks package.

Visitors to the Queens Park Botanic Gardens can arrive a little later in the evening to see the Ergon Energy Night Garden.

This vibrant display weaves visitors through a secluded section of the park and is sure to delight all ages.

It runs from 6-8.30pm event night of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, and entry is free.

This weekend also marks a prime opportunit­y to dig into some of the city’s most unique carnival culinary creations.

Cafe and restaurant­s have crafted unique spring dishes as part of the returning #trEATS program.

Introduced in 2020, eateries create a dish priced between $10-$20 inspired by the event.

This year 36 businesses have jumped on board to delight your tastebuds.

Some of the restaurant­s and cafes involved in the program include Ortem, Burrow, Muller Bros, The Bungalow and Basket, Urban Grounds, Jillys Cafe and Emerge.

If you want to check out Toowoomba’s favourite watering holes, there are tickets still available for the Talking Pubs tour.

The Sunday tour begins at The Brewhouse before moving to Bar Wunder, the Norville Hotel and George Banks.

Your $99 ticket includes meals and a drink at each pub.

 ?? Picture: Kevin Farmer ?? FLOWER POWER: Four-year-old Beck Jensen checks out the floral displays in Queens Park.
Picture: Kevin Farmer FLOWER POWER: Four-year-old Beck Jensen checks out the floral displays in Queens Park.

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