Food and wine lovers from Brisbane to the coasts are readying their tastebuds for the most colourful food and wine event of the year – the 2015 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. This year’s event takes place from September 18 to 27 with more than 50 events celebrating colour, flavours and music.
Stunning roses, exotic orchids, striking rhododendrons provide a striking canvas for the real passion of the many foodies that take over Toowoomba during Carnival with the 10 days of local produce, exquisite wines, craft brews and mouth-watering food adventures.
The melting pot of flavours is showcased at the Ergon Energy Flower Food and Wine Festival, which takes over the city’s centre at Queens Park from Friday, September 18 for three days. This year, the Ergon Energy Flower Food and Wine Festival combines food with florals, wine with woodturning and brews with blooms and shines the light on the paddock to plate movement and the stunning range of produce that is sourced from the region.
“Ensuring the festival has plenty of star appeal, this year is Fast ED Halmagyi, cooking presenter on the much loved Better Homes and Gardens and Monica Topliss, Australia’s leading gluten-free, whole food chef. Both will star on stage in the Farm to Plate Space with cooking demonstrations across the weekend,” TRC Tourism and Events spokesman, Cr Geoff McDonald said. “We recommend a three-day pass for this!! And while the grown ups sample local wines and craft beers, the kids tastebuds will be taken care of in The Play Space, withKids in the Kitchen interactive cooking shows, as well as fairy floss and Dagwood dogs at Sideshow Alley in Lower Queens Park,” he said.
The flavours don’t stop there, however, with a Bites & Brews lane packed with food trucks taking over Ruthven Street on Friday September 25 and the magical Gala Dinner returning for a second year, featuring the best Southern Queensland Country produce from our region in a four-course degustation under the stars in Queens Park’s beautiful garden. If you were prefer to get out and about and enjoy the region’s fare in the company of fellow foodies you can satisfy your needs with this year’s Food and Wine Tours and Tastes of the Region.
The unique Talking Pubs Tour is a must for anyone who loves a perfectly poured beer and a great back-story; the Progressive Food and Wine Tour is a no-brainer for all local and visiting gourmands, and the Paddock to Plate Tour beautifully celebrates the food provenance of this delicious hub. Other events for food lovers abound, from Dinner at Sauce, to Devonshire teas at the Teapot Extravaganza to the gourmet treats at the Apthorpe Farm Market Place g. If you’re a foodie, The 2015 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a festival of flavours not to be missed!
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers – September 18 to 27, 2014