Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

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Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers – ‘A Storybook of Colour’

For over sixty years the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has been showcasing picturesque local resident’s gardens, public parks and the creative designs of contestants in the Grand Central Floral Parade. Every year the festival gets more popular with up to 100,000 visitors flocking to the town to delight in spring floral frivolity, a number which more than doubles the local population.

The theme for the 2013 Grand Central Floral Parade is ‘A Storybook of Colour” which is sure to result in some stunning displays of floral design. Even watchers are encouraged to contribute as helpers hand out coloured chalk with which to decorate the pavements that line the parade path.


Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Culture to Couture

It is an annual event that brings $30 million dollars to Toowoomba’s economy thanks to visitors spending on average 2 nights in the town to experience all the festival has to offer. There is much to do and experience with the mix of cultural, artistic and culinary events to inspire and entertain. Carnival attendees can learn to arrange bridal bouquets before enjoying the merging of culture and fashion design in the Culture to Couture exhibition. There are also tours to take of the prize winning gardens and public parks to truly experience the spring beauty of Toowoomba.

Food and Wine

The carnival’s Food and Wine Festival component is enough to capture anyone’s culinary interests. Interested parties can take the Progressive Food and Wine Tour which offers a gourmet experience featuring Preston Peak Winery and Gip Restaurant. There is also the Talking Pubs Tour to indulge in local brews teamed with gourmet food delights. A Paddock to Plate tour gives people the opportunity to meet the growers of local produce and enjoy a relaxed country barbeque in the heart of the farming location.

A Competition in Full Bloom

Toowoomba’s festival focal point is the flower garden competition. There are a number of avid participants in the competition but none as fierce as the battle between Ida and Glen Kendrick and Arch and Julie Roggeveen. Between the two Carnival of Flowers power couples it is hard to determine which has won the most prizes over the history of the Chronicle Garden Competition. Ida and Glen have said they grow about 8,000 flowering annuals every year which is an impressive feat all on its own. In 2012 the couple believe that over 20,000 people came to explore and enjoy their prize winning garden.

If you are interested in attending the 2013 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers it will be on from September 20th until the 29th. Golden Chain Motels is excited to see the flower competitions and friendly faces that come to explore the city in all its splendour. This year is set to be the best that Toowoomba has seen and the Regional Council knows there will be something for everyone.




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