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Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

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This amazing Queensland festival will celebrate its 63rd year in 2012, and as Australia’s longest running floral festival, it has only gotten better with age. From September 21-30, Toowoomba will celebrate food, wine, flower culture, entertainment and absolutely everything to do with spring. If you are stuck for a place to get away to this spring, head to Queensland and relax at one of the best Australian festivals of the year. The following is a look at some of the major highlights.

Grand Central Floral Parade

This great parade is always one of the most popular events of the festival, and consists of floral floats, stilt walkers, live music and the opportunity for young artists to make their mark via the pavement chalk art extravaganza. Whether you are a florist or just an average family looking for a fun family holiday option, there is no better place to be than lining the streets of Toowoomba when this fantastic parade rolls by.

Ergon Energy Flower, Food and Wine Festival

This wonderful three-day festival within the festival is a massive highlight, and includes the Heritage Bank Live Concert Series. Exhibitors at the festival will include wineries, restaurants, nurseries, cafes, cottage industries, fresh local produce, horticulturalists, arborists and other professionals showcasing absolutely everything to do with flowers, food and wine.

Floral Design Competition

If you ever wanted to see flowers put to the most creative, stylish and fashionable of uses, the floral design competition here will rock your world. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers brings out some of the best designers in the state, showcasing everything from clothing to baskets and hair accessories, all making use of flowers in some form or other.

The Biggest Little Lunch

Held in Laurel Bank Park, this wonderful event is sure to be a huge hit with all of the little ones at the festival, and Coles has even agreed to provide a healthy ‘little lunch’ for the first 400 kids that arrive. There will be dancing lessons, face painting and a guaranteed good time; so if you are in Toowoomba for the Carnival, don’t miss the Biggest Little Lunch.

Twilight Tours

Laurel Bank Park lights up for an hour each evening for three days of the carnival, as the city hosts guided tours throughout this fantastic park. There is no better way to see this wonderful area than by torchlight, so don’t miss this great chance to see a fabulous park in a marvellous new light.

Sideshow Alley

For the thrill seekers in your group, Sideshow Alley provides rides, entertainment and even show bags, and for three days will provide one of the main highlights of the Carnival.

StreetFest

This fantastic finale of the Carnival of Flowers will include delicious food, entertainment and rock and roll dancing, as well as a celebration of all things ‘50s and ‘60s. After a wonderful nine days of festivities, there is no better way to sign off than with a massive street party, and StreetFest offers the perfect way to end a wonderful carnival experience.

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