Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2022
1 – 30 September 2022
In 2022 the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers will celebrate its 73rd year, extending over the full month of September as a joyous program of petals, flavours, sounds and sights. The event is headlined by over 190,000 spectacular blooms, with the best viewing places being Laurel Bank Park, Queens Park and the Botanic Gardens, Spring Bluff Station Gardens and the city’s public spaces and parks. The month-long program also boasts a wide range of events, including:
Tipsy High Tea
A new event at the heritage-listed Spring Bluff station, which boasts 150 years of railway history and magnificent gardens, Tipsy High Tea will be staged in partnership with Lockyer Valley Regional Council.
Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Picnic Point
Featuring shows, fairy bread making, face painting, food stalls and a Teddy Bear Parade, this event on 24 September is one for all ages!
#trEATS (Toowoomba Region EATS)
This year’s regional food trail features a record number of floral-inspired dishes from cafes, restaurants and bars all priced between $10 and $20. From a dessert representation of Toowoomba’ famous Table Top Mountain by Muller Bros, to a reimagined Tiramisu featuring Persian rose fairy floss and a flower petal lollipop from Cobb & Co, to a Carnival Cocktail Salad from Kajoku, and Coconut Cherry Bloom Gelato complete with edible flowers from Gelatissimo Toowoomba, there’s 43 #trEATS to choose from!
Festival of Food and Wine
Held from 9 to 11 September, showcasing the best in regional produce and Australian music in Queens Park. The event will be home to more than 35 food and wine stalls, and will feature the exclusive Botanical Society area, The Tasting Room Bar, Farm to Fork Demonstrations, beer and cocktail bars, the BBQ Pityard, and more. Sixteen wineries will take part including Preston Peak Winery, Symphony Hill Wines, Twisted Gum Wines, Kingsley Grove Wine, Golden Grove Wines, and Jester Hill Wines.
The Whitlams will perform their entire Eternal Nightcap album, marking the 25th anniversary of the album. They will be joined by Vera Blue, Ash Grunwald, The Chantoozies and a standout lineup of local sound makers including Cardboard Cutouts, Flamingo Blonde, Jasmine Aleisha, Kane Maher, The Van Trio, The Hobsons, Lenna Maree Moxey Duo, The Fibonacci Band and Cool Nights Big Band.
MasterChef Australia winner, author, and champion of local flavours and real cooking styles, Julie Goodwin be a special guest at the 2022 Festival of Food and Wine, demonstrating on Saturday September 10 and Sunday 11 September, showcasing a range of in-season produce from around the Toowoomba Region.
Local brewer 4 Brothers Brewing has created a signature floral beer, available at the Festival Cocktail Bar and at the brewery all month – Carnivale, an ale featuring Calendula flowers. Their award-winning flagship Toowoomba Lager will also be on offer. Toowoomba Region’s first artisan distillery, Pechey Distilling Co, will also shine during Festival with their signature Homestead Gin, featuring heirloom kumquat and lemon myrtle from the homestead gardens, and their triple distilled 1868 Vodka.
The Grand Central Floral Parade
The event that stops the city, with thousands of families lining the streets to watch, will be held at 10am on Saturday 17 September.
Petals and Pups
The official dog-friendly schedule, completely dedicated to hounds and their humans features more than 20 dog-friendly activities and 27 off-leash parks.