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Floriade kicks off

By johnboy - 16 September 2011 30

andrew barr and miss universe

Andrew Barr has announced the launch of Floriade and isn’t he looking grand there with Miss Universe Australia 2009 Rachael Finch?

Now in its 24th year, Australia’s premier spring festival Floriade is an event that delivers significant economic and cultural benefits to the Canberra community. That’s why the ACT Labor Government is proud to invest in it.

Floriade 2010 was the biggest we have seen – attracting more than 471,000 attendees and contributing around $27 million to the ACT economy.

• From the Pantry marquee – with demonstrations by local producers and food and wine experts;
• Carnival in the Park – which will see Commonwealth Park transformed into a fiesta;
• Victory Garden display – where staff from the Australian War Memorial will share the history of wartime kitchens and gardens;
• Lindeman’s Open Garden – the place to watch cooking demonstrations and sample wines at the cellar door; and
• Garnier World – where all your beauty needs are taken care of, with complimentary pamper sessions and free gifts day and night.

Floriade NightFest, will also have some new offerings in its fourth year with the stunning new light installation – Storm of the Senses. There will also be an extensive array of food, wines and markets.

There’s something for everyone at Floriade and I encourage Canberrans to check out what’s on offer and invite their friends and family from interstate.

What’s Your opinion?


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Floriade kicks off
Stevian 7:31 am 17 Sep 11

Keijidosha said :

EvanJames said :

What a flapping zoo it’s become. I do miss the early days, when it was flowers and the odd paddle-pop seller. What’s all this Garnier this and Lindeman’s that? And a bloody ferris wheel. Fair go.

WIth the departure of the Food and Wine Frolic it seems that much of that fare has been sandwiched between the flower beds. This makes for a more vibrant festival atmosphere, but is also causing a progressive reduction to the number of bulbs being planted each year. Not so great for flower enthusiasts, but creates room for more entertainment for everyone else.

Personally I’d like to see Floriade host an easy-listening music festival on Stage 88 over one of the weekends. It would have to be better than the failure that was “Enlighten”.

Your plan is to drive away as many people as possible?

EvanJames 10:45 pm 16 Sep 11

I don’t go any more. I loathe what they’ve done to it. Such a shame.

Watson 7:41 pm 16 Sep 11

I am not particularly interested in flowers (not at all actually) but I thought it was better when it was mainly flowers. Now they have 4 flower beds and the rest is stalls selling things, it seems.

Still, it’s free. So we go a couple of times after school when there’s hardly anyone else there. 2 hours is plenty to see the flowers (takes about 10 minutes now), do a couple of rides and buy some $10 junk and a drink and icecream.

Waiting For Godot 4:54 pm 16 Sep 11

poetix said :

Keijidosha said :

Personally I’d like to see Floriade host an easy-listening music festival on Stage 88 over one of the weekends.

‘Easy-listening music festival’. Also known as hell by the lake.

The last time they played easy listening music (jazz actually) on Stage 88 was at the final Food and Wine Frolic in 1994 and a riot broke out. No more alcoholic frolics were ever held. I don’t think tourism authorities would like to see Floriade go the same way.

Keijidosha 4:32 pm 16 Sep 11

Hell by the lake? Perhaps! 🙂 Although people who find easy listening music that painful are unlikely to be attending Floriade. I don’t think your average Floriade punter would appreciate Skrillex or Airbourne pummelling their ears at 1.21 jiggawatts.

YetAnotherBlowIn 4:30 pm 16 Sep 11

EvanJames said :

And a bloody ferris wheel. Fair go.

From my experience last year, the ferris wheel would be the only way you could get a decent look at the designs that had been planted into the majority of the beds. According to the plaque it was a unicorn and an elephant riding on clouds, but all I could make out was blobs of colour.

poetix 3:56 pm 16 Sep 11

Keijidosha said :

Personally I’d like to see Floriade host an easy-listening music festival on Stage 88 over one of the weekends.

‘Easy-listening music festival’. Also known as hell by the lake.

Keijidosha 3:46 pm 16 Sep 11

EvanJames said :

What a flapping zoo it’s become. I do miss the early days, when it was flowers and the odd paddle-pop seller. What’s all this Garnier this and Lindeman’s that? And a bloody ferris wheel. Fair go.

WIth the departure of the Food and Wine Frolic it seems that much of that fare has been sandwiched between the flower beds. This makes for a more vibrant festival atmosphere, but is also causing a progressive reduction to the number of bulbs being planted each year. Not so great for flower enthusiasts, but creates room for more entertainment for everyone else.

Personally I’d like to see Floriade host an easy-listening music festival on Stage 88 over one of the weekends. It would have to be better than the failure that was “Enlighten”.

EvanJames 3:05 pm 16 Sep 11

What a flapping zoo it’s become. I do miss the early days, when it was flowers and the odd paddle-pop seller. What’s all this Garnier this and Lindeman’s that? And a bloody ferris wheel. Fair go.

Ben_Dover 3:04 pm 16 Sep 11

Bluey said :

Thats one flower I wouldnt mind picking.
.

The one on the left or the right?

00davist 3:00 pm 16 Sep 11

Bluey said :

Thats one flower I wouldnt mind picking.

giggity.

Well done, that even sounds how i would imagine him saying it.

I was a little tempted to reply to the second post something about me wanting to notice her…

…on me

Bluey 2:49 pm 16 Sep 11

Thats one flower I wouldnt mind picking.

giggity.

Henry82 2:38 pm 16 Sep 11

took me a minute to spot her, she’s camouflaged!

troll-sniffer 2:18 pm 16 Sep 11

Ben_Dover said :

For those of you wondering, Ms Finch is the one in red.

With your login ID I’m surprised you noticed the non-suited one!

Ben_Dover 2:08 pm 16 Sep 11

For those of you wondering, Ms Finch is the one in red.

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