2017 Toowoomba Carnival of Flower BLOOMING MARVELLOUS!
September 15-24, 2017
A kaleidoscope of colour, flavour and thousands and thousands of flowers!
Opening weekend is full of live music from Daryl Brathwaite + The Temper Trap + The Paper Kites + The Angels + The Voices + The Diamonds + Boys in the Band + Alex Lahey
Isaiah, floral fun and the Grand Central Floral Parade
Think London’s Chelsea Flower Shower, but super-sized! Now in its 68th year, Australia’s longest running floral show, Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (15-24 September), also arguably has the largest blooming footprint on the planet. An event that spans a whopping 1,181 hectares!
Sure, London’s Chelsea Flower Show might be the most prestigious on Earth and, while the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show stakes its claim as the largest horticulture event in the southern hemisphere (taking over the city’s 26-hectare Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Centre), Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers still weighs in with the grandest footprint.
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, in Surrey, UK, once thought to be the biggest of them all, covers just 14 hectares. Not even US big gun, Texas, overtakes Toowoomba; its annual Dallas Blooms pushes 27 hectares.
In fact, Toowoomba Regional Council takes the carnival so seriously it invested in a seed planting machine, saving at least 1,000 work hours in the task of raising 190,000 seedlings for the event, including 17,000 grown in pots. Many of the resulting blooms will feature on Grand Central Floral Parade floats.
So, pack your walking (&party) shoes because the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is EXACTLY ONE MONTH AWAY!!
Following months of preparation – not least being the planting of 160,000 annuals and 20,000 bulbs – and with a 2017 Australian Tourism Awards ‘gold’ (Major Festivals and Events category) under its belt, the 10-day carnival is set to burst into a riot of colour and fun.
Not purely for the green thumbs, it also features a stellar entertainment program, including live music from The Temper Trap, Daryl Braithwaite and The Angels; food and wine; park and pub tours and more…
The Grand Central Floral Parade acts as the unofficial opening to what is sure to be one of the biggest and best festivals yet. Remaining at the heart of the festival, this world-class celebration will once again bring the city to a brilliant standstill on Saturday September 16 when more than 100,000 people line the streets!
Australian musical royalty is set to perform over three days at the Heritage Bank Live Concert Series, with the line-up the envy of festival nationally. Headlining the famous Sideshow Alley entertainment line-up is one of Australia’s most talented performers direct from his starring role at Eurovision 2017 and still in title-holder mode from winning The X Factor last year is Isaiah. The line-up also includes magic-maker Matt Hollywood, one of the world’s leading bubble shows and of course, incredible fireworks and amazing rides!
Opening weekend will also see some incredible Australian performers take to the stage including Mr Daryl Braithwaite Internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter and the voice behind the iconic anthem The Horses. Some of Australia’s biggest names in music – Mark Gable (Choirboys), Dale Ryder (Boom Crash Opera), Reece Mastin (X-Factor sensation) and Jason Sigh (Taxiride) have joined together to collaborate as The Voices.
Ensuring the music continues all weekend legendary Australian rockers, The Angels as well as uber hot Australian band The Temper Trap will take to the stage. The five-piece live act specialist The Paper Kites, international hit performers Boys in the Band, and the famed all female group The Diamonds as well as Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Alex Lahey will also make this years’ performances ones you won’t want to miss.
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!
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers: September 15-24, 2017