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Guide to Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

If you’re in the mood for 10 days that are full to the brim with flavours and flowers, you’ve come to the right place.

The renowned event that is the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is back for its 2019 edition, proving why Toowoomba has a reputation as “The City of Flowers.” Whilst the flora is the focus of the event, we have done all South-East foodies a favour and compiled a list of the very best eats on offer.

Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine

Within the carnival, you’ll find the three-day food bonanza that is the Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine. The name really says it all, doesn’t it?

Experience the very best culinary delights of the region paired with the finest wines, live music and celebrity chefs, including Adrian Richardson. This foodie dream event will run from Friday 20 September to Sunday 22. Book your ticket here.

Wine and Cheese Appreciation

Another year, another vintage of delicious local wines spanning the entire Toowoomba region.

There’s no better way to celebrate the creations of over twenty cellar doors and family-owned boutique wineries, than by pairing them speciality artisan cheeses. Get ready to impress at your next dinner party–this free event will teach you all you need to know about tasting and describing wine, while you smash through some delightful dairy.

Wine and Cheese Appreciation will run 11 sessions over the Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine weekend, and is included in your ticket.

Beer Appreciation

More of a beer drinker than a wine drinker? No worries at all–this beer tasting session is merely a hop, skip and a jump away.

You’ll leave happy, carb-loaded and all the more knowledgeable. Beer Appreciation will run nine sessions over the Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine weekend, and is included in your ticket.

Progressive Foodie Tours

A three-course meal spanning across three different venues. Sounds fun, right?

The Progressive Foodie Tours will take place on Friday 27 September and Saturday 28 September–with guests being treated to canapés, main course and desserts at different restaurants across Toowoomba. Highlights include Friday’s Turkish canapés and Saturday’s Persian dessert of sangria shortcake with rosewater and coconut mousse.

Grab your ticket to the Friday tour here, and the Saturday tour here.

Talking Pubs Tour

Progressive tours that take punters from venue to venue are all the rage at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, and the fun continues with the Talking Pubs Tours.

The four-hour tour will take you to four character-filled local pubs, and will include four courses of delicious, pub-style fare. From German and Vietnamese-style starters, to a classic main course of steak, the event will end at a rooftop bar, where a gourmet dessert will finish the meal off.

There will be four iterations of the event across four days – so grab your ticket here to avoid missing out. Here’s hoping four is your lucky number.

Qantas Gala Dinner

An evening equal parts stunning and unique, the Qantas Gala Dinner is back to dish up six extraordinary courses to 300 guests, celebrating the beauty, colours and eats of the region.

The degustation menu, lovingly crafted by head chefs Penny Hely of East Street Kitchen and Bernhard Kohlhuber of Gabbinbar Homestead combines fresh, regional flavours and culinary flare. Book your ticket here.

Our Local Larder Brunch

On Sundays, we brunch. Our Local Larder Brunch will take place at the historical Gips Restaurant, giving foodies the chance to graze on the finest produce from the Darling Downs regions as they soak up the morning sun. The grazing share-style brunch will highlight fresh, delicious produce and will include two glass of matched wines. Don’t mind if I do!

The brunch will kick off at 10am on Sunday, 22 September, and will be very, very popular – so grab a ticket here.

 

2019’s Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is ready to spring into action, and so are we. Whilst we enjoy the delightful floral affair, we will also ensure we stop and smell the rosé, and enjoy the delicious flavours of the region.

Words by Elizabeth Markwell
- The gourmand whose favourite flower is the kind you use to make a cake.