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No need for wars, dragons or Red Weddings… Everyone wears a crown at this year’s Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

August 10, 2017 Whats On No Comments Email Email

While the battle may be fierce for the Crown of the Seven Kingdoms (Game of Throners will understand!!), there will be no fights for fabulous Flower Crowns at next month’s iconic Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers – because everyone will be able to design and make their own and rock their inner prince, princess, king or queen!

Frida Kahlo and Karlie Kloss, Elizabeth Taylor and Lorde, Ophelia and Marie-Antoinette, the ancient Greeks and 1960s flower children,they all loved Flower Crowns! The timeless and joyful floral headdress, whose history can be traced back to ancient civilizations, shows no signs of fading from favour.  In fact, Flowers Crowns are the preferred Dress Code at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, with making-stations throughout the Ergon Energy Food & Wine Festival at Queens Park over the opening weekend, from Friday September 15 through to Sunday September 17.  Here’s some Flower Crown tips to prepare:

Carnival’s top flower crown styling tips:

  • You can wear your Flower Crown across your forehead or sitting further back on your head. There are no rules!
  • Choose flowers that won’t wilt and will hold their shape. Mix the flowers up between smaller buds and bigger statement-style blooms.
  • Crowns look great in monochrome – think all green or all white; as well as kaleidoscopic colour mashups.
  • Instead of wearing your hairdo with a flower crown, why not try an up do with braids and simply incorporate flowers into the braids as you go – it’s the crown without a crown!
  • For the asymmetrical flower crowns, try a half up do – the band is full circle so you can use to help style and tuck your hair and the flowers make a pretty statement at the front or side of your head. Prefer braids, mix it up with a boho braid that traces the base of your flower crown.
  • Not prepared? Style your crown to your hairdo, by creating a minimalist crown that matches your hair and visually adds texture, rather than a loud statement piece.
  • And for the lads – there’s something strangely satisfying about seeing the soft petals of flowers juxtaposed against a chiselled bone structure. Something vaguely Greek god about it. Fear not the flower crown, it actually looks pretty good on you! 

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers: 15 to 24 September, 2017

A breathtaking 10 days of flowers, flavours and sounds, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers will take over the Southern Queensland city in the most beautiful of ways from September 15 to 24 with a program of more than 60 unique events and experiences including internationally acclaimed musical acts, award winning parks, some of the best food and wine to be found in Southern Queensland and a multitude of cultural adventures. In a major floral design coup, Carnival this year will host Gardening Australia’s Sophie Thomson at the Ergon Energy Food & Wine FestivalOther highlights include:

  • Celebrity chef and local produce champion, Anna Gare
  • An incredible music line up for the Heritage Bank Live Concert Series featuring Darryl Brathwaite, The Temper Trap + The Paper Kites, The Angels, The Voices, The Diamonds, Boys in the Band + Alex Lahey and more
  • Direct from Eurovision 2017, and 2016 The X Factor Winner, Isaiah headlines the famous Sideshow Alley entertainment, which also includes magic-maker Matt Hollywood
  • Garden Tours and Hidden Laneway Tours
  • 20 cellar doors and Talking Pubs, the best Southern Queensland country produce
  • The Carnival Greeters
  • And thousands upon thousands of flowers! 

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers: A history

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 October 21, 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. A title a long time coming!

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