A bunch of flowers is an impressive gesture on a first date, but why not go all out this Spring and treat your date to an entire carnival of blooms! The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is the perfect first date adventure, with every activity surrounded by magnificent blooms, and the promise of Spring in the air!
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 September at Upper Queens Park
What better way to get to know someone than at a mouth-watering, world-class festival starring incredible food and wine, made with produce grown fresh in Southern Queensland Country. Sample local fare and wonderful local wines at tastings and food stalls, hang out in Latte Lane and check out a range of cooking demonstrations starring acclaimed Australian chef Anna Gare. You can make matching flower crowns and wander through the feature floral displays.
Friday, 15 September – Sunday, 17 September at Upper Queens Park
If it’s a low key and casual date you want, then look no further!! Check out each other’s’ tastes at the Beer and BBQ tastings, learn about what beer goes with what foods and all the latest on the world-wide phenomenon “low n slow” at the Ergon Energy Food & Wine Festival.
Thursday, 14 September at Laurel Bank Park
Now this is a statement date!!!! For a five-star food experience and something to really impress, look no further than the opening night Qantaslink Gala Dinner. Join Australian Chef Anna Gare for sumptuous four-course degustation meal made with local produce and matched with wines from neighbouring vineyards. The best part? It will be held under the stars in the stunning and flower-filled Laurel Bank Park!
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 September at Upper Queens Park
Starring some of the best music makers in the country, this is the perfect first date experience, and you can check out each other’s moves!!! Held in conjunction with the Ergon Energy Food and Wine Festival, just one ticket will get you entry to both events. Catch The Temper Trap, The Paper Kites and Alex Lahey on the Friday night. On Saturday, you can go old-school with The Angels, get your swing on to the Hot Potato Band, or sit back and enjoy The Voices – a collaboration of some of the biggest names in music including Reece Mastin from X Factor, Jason Sing from Taxiride, the Choirboys’ Mark Gable and Dale Ryder from Boom Crash Opera. On Sunday, you can catch Daryl Braithwaite, Boys in the Band and The Diamonds.
Saturday, 23 September
Go deep underground for this first date experience!!! Learn more about Toowoomba’s history as a city of brothels, prisons and unsavoury characters, as well of course as home to colourful and eccentric characters galore. Local Paul Herbert hosts a tour you’ll talk about for hours later!
Friday 15-17 September at Lower Queens Park
There’s a scientific study that says moments of increased adrenalin can lead to increased attraction. Test this theory for yourself and take your love interest to Sideshow Alley for a non-stop, adrenalin inducing date. Hold hands on the heart-stopping 360° ride and get an upside-down birds-eye view of Queens Park. You can catch a show by Australian comedy entertainer and magician Matt Hollywood, see Dr Joe the scientist conduct some ‘whizz bang’ experiments and cozy up together during the nightly fireworks display. Or get your groove on to 2017 Australian entrant for Eurovision, Isaiah who will be live on stage on Sunday.
Saturday, 23 September at Godsall Street Oval, Queens Park
Show off in your weekend finery as you sip champagne and behave like ladies and gentlemen at the Spring Polo. Spend your day people watching and taking in the atmosphere, music, food and wine. You might also get the chance to watch the horses and their riders get down to the business of playing polo and putting on a show for the crowd!
Various dates and times throughout the festival
Think your new love interest might have a quirky side, or would you like to introduce them to your own off-beat interests? Take your date to the Cobb + Co Museum to see the Hanging Basket Display, an exhibition of 60 hanging baskets containing floral creations and artisan arrangements. Or indulge your shared interests in model trains at the Carnival of Trains. Why not scare yourselves silly at the Bloomin’ Scary Night at the Inn event, which is staged in Drayton’s Royal Bull’s Head Inn, a beautiful historic building from the 1800s. Or check out more than 400 decorative, novelty or functional teapots at the Teapot Extravaganza.
Various dates and times
A four-hour progressive flavour tour to four of Toowoomba’s most historic pubs – now this is a date to remember! Its first date paradise, filled with brilliant stories, secrets and special pours! The four pubs include Fitzy’s Toowoomba, the rooftop bar at Muller Bros, the Spotted Cow Hotel and the Irish Club Hotel. ENJOY!!!
Saturday, 16 September at 3pm
Get up close and personal with your date and 100,000 other onlookers at the Grand Central Floral Parade!! The streets of Toowoomba will be lined with people eager to catch a glimpse of the spectacular flowery floats; it’s a street parade like no other, so be a part of it!! Take selfies, try chalk art and enjoy the Spring sunshine! Make memories…. Then when the parade is over grab your date and head to the Godsall Street Oval where the flowers, fruit and veggies that decorated the floats are on sale.