Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Published by Grand Central

4 Must-See Events at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Here's where you need to go during our iconic annual festival of flowers

Every year come spring, Toowoomba goes flower-crazy as the waft of fresh blooms spreads throughout the city and the buzz around the annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers grows.

This year marks the 67th year of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (TCOF) and is set to be an exciting calendar of events and entertainment. Here’s just some of the highlights to mark in your diary:

The Grand Central Floral Parade

This year’s theme is “Carnival Comes to Town – Laugh, Play, Hooray!” so expect a sea of street performers, carnival characters, incredible inflatables and stilt walkers filling the streets as the annual floral parade journeys to Queens Park.

Where: Starts at the corner of Hume and Herries Street and ends in Queens Park

When: Saturday September 17 at 3pm

Bart Hassam's Floral Masterpiece

Bart Hassam is a former Australian Florist of the Year who co-owns French Flowers in Brisbane, and will be showcasing his artistic talents at the TCOF for his 16th year with the festival. “Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is one of the few floral events in Australia really leaving its mark. It provides floral designers multiple outlets for creations and inspiration, and always has a high standard of work,” says Bart, who travels the world with his work. This year, Bart will be creating an inspiration piece for one of the floral design competitions being held at the Flower, Food and Wine Festival plus a live display installation at Grand Central on Sunday September 18. “It will be full of colour and texture, using many of my signature techniques and I'm really looking forward to working in front of the public.” says Bart, adding; “I love the atmosphere… everyone working together in the community for such a fantastic event.”

Where: Grand Central

When: Sunday September 18

Ergon Flower, Food and Wine Festival

Prepare for three mouthwatering days of indulgence, live music and of course, beautiful blooms. Sample local Queensland produce, wine and beer brews made in nearby regions, and meet one of Australia’s most well-known garden gurus, Charlie Albone. Celebrity chef Miguel will also be on-site, sharing his Spanish cuisine secrets centre stage at the Farm to Plate Space. A must-attend for families and foodies alike!

Where: Queens Park, Toowoomba

When: Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September at 10am-10pm; Sunday 18 September at 9am-10pm

Maree Streidl's Oversized Bouquets

If you think the bigger the better when it comes to flowers, you are going to love the beautiful creations Maree Streidl has in store. A proud Toowoomba local and founder and owner of the Toowoomba Flower Market, for the past four years Maree has put her impressive floral art skills to work for TCOF and this year is no exception. She will create 16 spellbinding oversized bouquets that will act as a colourful and dynamic feature to Grand Central’s interior. “You will see intense orange shining through a neutral modern floral design supported by lush greenery,” says Maree, of the Grand Central arrangements, adding that the event is the perfect way to highlight the fresh flower industry, from the growers to the wholesalers and the florists. “We have some great local producers of carnations, native product, orchids, roses, ranunculus and poppies, just to name a few,” she says. “The floral industry is a big part of the region and the Carnival of Flowers highlights why Toowoomba is known as the Garden City, producing spectacular floral displays year after year.”

Where: Grand Central

When: TBA