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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.

With the theme A feast for the senses, Floriade 2011 will indulge the senses with exciting new experiences and the return of popular ones. Some of the highlights of this year’s program include:

• 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.

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rubaiyat 8:25 am 13 Sep 15

Take a trip up to the Southern Highlands and look at the beautifully done displays in Bowral and Moss Vale.

True they have people with more experience and flair, but surely we can do better than mostly massed mounds of earth sprinkled with too widely spaced bulbs (to make them go further) in poorly thought out patterns that can only be seen from a cherry picker, as if the designs were actually good, and all surrounded with building site rent-a-fence.

wildturkeycanoe 10:22 pm 11 Sep 15

Floriade. Been there, done that, 3 times now. Nothing changed each time, just the same stuff every year except there are definitely less flowers and more street stalls.

rubaiyat 5:13 pm 11 Sep 15

Evilomlap said :

rubaiyat said :

EvanJames said :

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

Agree. But it does show off Canberra’s institutionalised mediocrity to its best advantage.

Okay. Not flaming you I’m actually serious (remember I like you!) but is there anything about Canberra you actually do like? If not, why do you live here? There’s lots of other cities in Australia…just sayin’.

Well that response brings to mind the “Joy through Mediocrity” that struck me when I first came here.

The original Floriade, when it wasn’t being run by the artless ACT Public Servants, was an exception.

“Nice place. Don’t like what you are doing to it.”

Evilomlap 2:22 pm 11 Sep 15

rubaiyat said :

EvanJames said :

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

Agree. But it does show off Canberra’s institutionalised mediocrity to its best advantage.

Okay. Not flaming you I’m actually serious (remember I like you!) but is there anything about Canberra you actually do like? If not, why do you live here? There’s lots of other cities in Australia…just sayin’.

rubaiyat 2:09 pm 11 Sep 15

EvanJames said :

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

Agree. But it does show off Canberra’s institutionalised mediocrity to its best advantage.

zllauh 11:25 am 11 Sep 15

going to floriade on this weekend.
hope it turns out to be fun 😀

poetix 5:15 pm 30 Sep 11

milkman said :

Let’s see if we can figure out a way to get the ferris wheel to drop a burnout, and then we can combine Floriade with Summernats. Florinats – you know it makes sense.

Wet-tulip competitions?

milkman 4:18 pm 30 Sep 11

YetAnotherBlowIn said :

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.

Let’s see if we can figure out a way to get the ferris wheel to drop a burnout, and then we can combine Floriade with Summernats. Florinats – you know it makes sense.

EvanJames 2:47 pm 30 Sep 11

Very disappointed in Floriade this year. It almost seems like an opportunity to sell tent-space to people selling rubbish Made In China, with a few flower beds to justify giving it a name. Less flowers, and less variety, and actual streets of people selling tat. Maybe the flowers got in the way of their gypsy market.

A lot of the tulips have viruses, too (the short ones all disorted and weird-looking).

Spykler 6:52 pm 17 Sep 11

Waiting For Godot said :

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.

94′ brings back great (if somewhat hazy) memories..I recall that a member of Enormous Horns tried to help out a punter who was being savaged and copped an arse-kicking he would never forget. No more Alco frolics (in that format) occurred after that.

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