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Knock it out of the park: Toowoomba festival reaches full bloom


Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers has bloomed today, with announcements the Festival of Food and Wine will welcome 18 bands to Queens Park over three days including homegrown favourites Ball Park Music, Busby Marou, and Xavier Rudd.

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The announcement marks the opening of the month-long celebration with an all new lineup for the Festival of Food and Wine.

“It’s with great excitement that we can announce the updated all Queensland line-up for the Festival of Food and Wine, to be held from September 10 to 12 in Queens Park,” said Chair of the Toowoomba Regional Council Environment and Community Services Committee James O’Shea.

“This year we are excited to welcome incredible Queensland music makers who have created some of our country’s music moments, as well as more local musicians than ever before, in a wonderful three days of celebration,” said O’Shea.

The three day festival in the park begins on Friday 10 September with performances by indie-pop outfit The Jensens, Queensland Music Award winner Tia Gostelow, and headliners, Brisbane powerhouse Ball Park Music.

Saturday will see local songwriter Kent Dustin alongside soul-reggae band Fat Picnic and headline performances by ARIA Hall of Famers Brian Cadd and Russell Morris.

Closing out three days of festivities will be indie-folk Sunshine Coast natives The Dreggs, APRA winning blues and roots duo Busy Marou, and iconic singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd.

Grand Central Floral Parade (Image: Supplied)

The announcement comes as Toowoomba’s revitalised month-long Carnival of Flowers opens for its first day, with 190,000 blooms on display.

The Carnival of Flowers runs from 1 September to 30 September with the theme Food and Flavours, with floral displays throughout Queens Park, the Botanic Gardens and Laurel Bank Park, the #trEATS regional food trail, Talking Pubs tours, the after dark Night Garden display, free and community events.

“It’s with great excitement that we can announce the return of the famous Festival of Food and Wine, to be held from September 10 to 12 celebrating the best in regional produce and Australian music in Queens Park,” said O’Shea.

“We also welcome back one of the highlights of Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in the Grand Central Floral Parade; it’s the event that stops the city, with thousands of families lining the streets to watch the colour go by.

“It will be held on Saturday September 18 with a much earlier start time of 10am, allowing crowds to enjoy a full day shopping, sightseeing and adventuring in our city.”

The Festival runs from 1 September to 30 September, for the full lineup of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers visit their website. 

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