Australia is home to a spectacular collection of flower festivals each year, one of which is the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Here is a bit of background information on the gathering, which this year runs from September 16-25 in the southern Queensland city.
The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has been around for more than 60 years, with the first edition taking place back in 1950. The Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, along with Essex Tait, wanted to come up with a way to commemorate the location’s reputation as “The Garden City.” That year, an estimated 50,000 onlookers attended to watch a parade. The carnival quickly became an annual fixture on the city’s calendar and has grown into a major feature of Queensland tourism.
The 14 days of the 2016 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers are jam-packed with great events sure to please locals and visitors alike.
Of course, the main draw of the festival and the inspiration for its creation all those years ago is the amazing collection of flowers on show. Carnival attendees will have no shortage of options when it comes to viewing dazzling collections of different plants. Walk through amazing parks and gardens and enjoy shows dedicated to specific flowers, including geraniums, clivia, orchids and bromeliads.
Want to test your skills? The floral design competition, which has been held every year since 2005, actually takes place two days before the official start of the carnival and can offer fantastic ideas for those interested in the industry. Try your hand at putting together a creative arrangement of natives, tulips or any other type of flower you prefer.
Food, wine and music
Food, wine and flowers are a perfect match, and the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers can help prove it. There are multiple opportunities for you to enjoy the great, locally produced tastes of the Queensland region. While you enjoy a glass of vino or beer and your favourite carnival dish, you can treat your ears to great tunes from live performers from a variety of genres, including Tim Finn, The Chantoozies and Montaigne.
The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has a little bit of everything, making it perfect for flower lovers and their families and friends. Know somebody who is heading to the event? Order flowers online for them today to help get them in the mood!