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Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
21 September - 30 September
The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers did it again – beaten a line-up of the best major festivals and events across the country to take the national title for the second year running. ‘Carnival’ as it is affectionately known, was crowned Best Major Festival or Event in Australia at the Australian Tourism Awards.
The event has cemented itself as a truly national icon, winning the Gold Award for Major Festivals and Events at the 2017 and now 2018 Australian Tourism Awards, and earlier this year was inducted into the Queensland Tourism Awards Hall of Fame.
The opening weekend of the event set the scene early, with record-breaking crowds on Saturday and Sunday and hundreds of thousands enjoying the brilliant spring sunshine, the Grand Central Floral Parade and the almost 200,000 blooms covering the city’s parks and gardens.
With the event set to take over Toowoomba and the greater region from Friday 21 to Sunday 30 September this year, organisers are well into finalising program highlights for the 10-day celebration, one which attracts visitors from all over Australia as well as internationally.
Highlights for this year’s Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers event:
- Jim Fogarty leads the floral line-up. With over 30 internationally recognised design awards and 15 gold medals, Jim is passionate about raising the profile of Australian garden design here, and overseas. He is the current National President of the Horticultural Media Association of Australia.
- Adam Liaw, author, cook, host of Destination Flavour, culinary contributor and winner of Masterchef Australia 2010 will be joined by amazing slow food chef Julia Busuttil Nishimura to celebrate the local flavours of the Carnival.
- The Night Garden – based in Queens Park, The Night Garden is a magical creation featuring floral and lighting displays. It will be held over five nights from September 26 to 30.
- The Chef’s Brunch, to be held on Sunday morning with special guest chef Julia Busuttil Nishimura in the leafy gardens and setting of Gip’s Restaurant.
- The Grand Central Floral Parade will be held on Saturday, September 22 – it will be the 69th time this incredible event has been held; it is expected to attract over 70 floats and more than 100,000 spectators.
- The Qantas Gala Dinner will be held on Thursday evening 20 September in Laurel Bank Park under the stars, the perfect beginning for 10 days of celebration.
About the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
Since its inception in 1949, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has flourished and is now an iconic Queensland event. The brainchild of Essex Tait and the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, Carnival was introduced as a way for the city to use their “Garden City” reputation to promote increased economic activity following the recent hardships of war. On 21 October 1950, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers commenced with a street procession that stretched three miles in length. Led by a bullock team and watched by a crowd estimated to be 50,000 strong, the Parade was a resounding success. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers subsequently became firmly cemented as an annual event. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is the current title holder of Gold Award for Major Festival and Event at the annual Australian Tourism Awards.
Held from 21 to 20 September 2018