Author: Daniel Francis

Insider’s guide to Floriade

Iconic Canberra tourism event, Floriade, opened its gates for its 30th birthday last weekend. Over a million bulbs are on display across 8,000 square metres of scenic Commonwealth Park. We’ve put together a list of the must-see attractions at this year’s festival. 1. Garden beds It goes without saying that Floriade’s main attraction is the gorgeous flower beds. Over 100 species of tulips have been planted in carefully crafted beds that are 18 months in the making. Canberra design group LANDSCAPEalign have been hard at work creating the colourful beds, from basic concept sketches to the works of art...

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Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival on the horizon

After a record crowd last year, the Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival is back for its sixth edition in 2017. Held over the weekend of 30 Sep – 1 Oct, The Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival showcases some of the region’s most creative and innovative winemakers, food producers and chefs, right in the heart of Bowral! The festival gives both locals and visitors alike the chance to sample some of the finest food and wines from the Southern Highlands region. In 2016, the picturesque Corbett Gardens was teeming with classes, cooking demonstrations, pop-up restaurants, tastings, and entertainment....

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Hit list: Canberra’s newest and upcoming restaurants and cafes

Canberra has had a bunch of exciting new cafes and restaurants open recently, with a few more on the way soon! Take a look at our best picks below and add them to your itinerary this weekend. TAKING ORDERS NOW The Goods Wholefoods: The co-owner of Braddon’s Eighty Twenty Food has recently opened a new salad bar in Civic’s No Name Lane, behind Canberra House. The Goods Wholefoods is centred around providing Canberra with exciting, nourishing salad options. Its rotating menu consists of freshly made salads, packed with vegies and spices, plus a range of breakfast options, like brekky bowls, smoothies, and toast with toppings. Most...

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Floriade’s 30th birthday bash

Spring is almost upon us, and that means Canberra’s biggest spring celebration, Floriade, is not too far away! Floriade began as a one-off event to celebrate Australia’s Bicentenary and Canberra’s 75th birthday, and it was so popular with the community that it became an annual event. In 2017, Floriade will be celebrating its 30th consecutive year, and the organisers have announced some big changes for this season’s installment. Perhaps the most exciting addition to this year’s event is the announcement of the inaugural Floriade Twilight Concert, to be hosted by Singapore Airlines. The concert will feature an open-air musical...

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Snowtunes: Australia’s premier winter festival is back again

Australia’s only snow music festival, Snowtunes, is back for its third instalment in 2017 from 1-2 September, with this year’s edition boasting its biggest and best line-up yet. Around 4000 people turned out for the festival in 2016, and the addition of both a second stage and an extra night is sure to even draw more punters this year. The typical Australian festival sees hordes of attendees cooking in near 40-degree heat, over an entire day and night of performing artists. Snowtunes likes to do things a little differently – the 2017 instalment will again be hosted at the...

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