75th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers’ Festival of Food and Wine

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    Celebrity chef and dessert specialist, Anna Polyviou joins Thirsty Merc, Pete Murray, Kate Ceberano and James Reyne at the 75th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

    Celebrity Chef Anna Polyviou

    Celebrity Chef Anna Polyviou.

    The three-day Festival of Food and Wine will run from 13-15 September and will showcase more than 35 local food and wine offerings. These include 15 pop-up cellar doors, cocktail bars, beer, wine and cheese tasting stations, the sellout Botanical Society VIP area, and the popular flower crown making stations.

    There will also be sessions from Hopscotch and Pechey Distilleries, wine from Nuova Scola and Jester Hill, and cheese tastings with Bunya Cheese.

    Chef Anna, Network 10’s MasterChef and Creative Director of Pastry at Sydney’s Shanri-La Hotel, brings her distinctive quirky urban street style, and vibrant personality. She is set to lead Farm to Fork demonstrations when Queens Park becomes home to many taste sensations during the three-day Festival. Fans can also watch Chef Anna prepare Basque Cheesecake, Cheese & Charcuterie Baguette, and some mouth-watering Cookie Dough Pies.

    Chef Polyviou brings a wealth of experience to festival foodies, with two cookbooks and a raft of prestigious awards such as Australia’s Hotel Chef of the Year and Pastry Chef of the Year. She has a serious global culinary reputation, having worked in the world’s best kitchens such as the Pierre Herme Patisserie in Paris and London’s Claridge’s Hotel.

    With her larger-than-life Greek heritage and desserts which look better suited to Gallery Of Modern Art, this much-loved chef and dessert degustation darling is going to be a huge hit this September.

    Joining Polyviou, are some of the country’s best musicians as Thirsty Merc, Pete Murray, Kate Ceberano and James Reyne join other leading and local sound-makers.

    Music Festival

    Music program

    Friday, 13 September

    • Merci, Mercy
    • Dameeeela
    • Mashd N Kutcher

    Saturday, 14 September

    • Bullhorn
    • Thirsty Merc
    • James Reyne

    Sunday, 15 September

    • Yacht Rock Revival
    • Kate Ceberano
    • Pete Murray

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