The 2014 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is jam-packed full of fun events, mostly floral-related, but with a few surprising additions.

The stage has been set for a season of floral fun and this year the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers features more than 17 events, across 21 venues and features more than 130 performers and five chefs. Look out for Alive and Cooking’s chef James Reeson along with ABC TV Gardening Australia’s Josh Byrne.

There will be family firework displays, musical performances from the likes of Deborah Conway, ICEHOUSE and Something For Kate plus fashion shows and much much more. In fact, there is so much to choose from it can be overwhelming.

Here are eight of our favourite events that shouldn’t be missed

Ergon Energy Flower, Food and Wine Festival

Staged over three days in Queens Park, the Ergon Energy Flower Food and Wine Festival is jam packed with floral art and interactive workshops, expert gardening and Farm to Plate cooking demonstrations, gourmet and handmade delights, regional boutique wineries, live music, landscaping displays, and an amazing, interactive Play Space for the kids.

September 19-21, Upper Queens Park, Cnr Margaret & Lindsay Street.

Heritage Bank Live Concert Series

Ready to hear some live music? Then head to the Heritage Bank Community Stage and catch Jeremy Neale, The Kite String Tangle, ICEHOUSE, Something For Kate, Deborah Conway and more.

September 19-21, Upper Queens Park, Cnr Margaret & Lindsay Street.

Sideshow Alley

Sideshow Alley brings all the fun of the fair to town and there is plenty of amusement with thrill-seeking rides, traditional fair food including fairy floss and dagwood dogs, as well as everyone’s favourite show bags. Try your hand at winning a top shelf prize at one of the many amusement stalls, or enjoy a birdseye view upside down from Australia’s newest extreme 360° ride.

September 19-21 at Frogs Hollow, Lower Queens Park, Margaret Street.

Steam Train Tour

Carnival of Flowers visitors coming from Brisbane will love the Australian Railway Historical Society’s return to yesteryear with two fabulous Steam Train Tours to Toowoomba on the first two days of the Carnival. Passengers will alight after their time-travelling journey to be met by a waiting coach in Toowoomba which will take you on a tour around some of the prize-winning gardens. A truly unique experience for the whole family! You may pre-book lunch at Artisan Pizza & Sandwich (additional $25.50).

Saturday September 20, departs Brisbane Roma Street Station at 6:45am and returns 6:45pm. Sunday September 21, departs Brisbane Roma Street Station at 7:20am and returns 7:35pm.

Grand Central Floral Parade

Now in its 65th year, the iconic Grand Central Floral Parade will wind its way through the heart of the City to Queens Park, and this year the theme is “A Storybook of Colour”. The Floral Parade promises to deliver a spectacular line up of fresh floral floats, street performers, carnival characters, stilt walkers, walking groups and live bands all led by the Grand Central float carrying this year’s Celebrity Grand Marshall!

Saturday September 20 at 3pm. The parade will follow the route of Herries then Ruthven Streets in the CBD to Queens Park.

Paddock To Plate Tour

See how your food goes from paddock to plate as you take a farm tour including farm animal feeding (dorper sheep, cows, Birksire pigs and poultry) and a stroll through the extensive fruit orchard and vegetable garden. There may be also be fruit ready for the picking and you can wander through ornamental gardens. After that, you’ll sit back and enjoy a delicious two course lunch made with local produce.

Saturday September 27 from 9am-2pm. Tour departs the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre (86 James Street) or Kearneys Spring Sporting Fields Car Park (cnr Ruthven and Spring Streets).

Kids Day Out

The carnival caps off ten days of fun with a lively and entertaining Kids Day Out. Every conceivable kid-pleasing activity is on offer with baby animals to cuddle, face-painting, balloon animals, jumping castles and storytelling and even a rock climbing wall.

Sunday September 28, 9am-12noon. Upper Queens Park, Cnr Lindsay and Margaret Street.

Spring Soiree

Add a little mystery to your life with a Spring Soirée. The evening’s intrigue includes three acts, but for now you will only know the first two — beguiling guitarist and singer/songwriter Nick Saxon and high-energy up-and-comers Castlecomer. The third act will remain a secret until just prior to the event, and the venue will only be revealed on the very afternoon of the event.

Saturday September 27, 5:30pm at a secret location. Perhaps put together a nice little BYO hamper of your favourite concert-viewing drinks and yummy nibbles.

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers will run from 19 September to 28 September. To see the full program visit