It was one of those weekends when we have been spoilt for choice. It was a busy weekend for festivals and shows and although winter is only two weeks away, the weather was perfect.
Around 23°C and sunny with clear blue skies.
So, where could we have gone?
Noosa Food and Wine Festival
Yes, we could have jumped in our car and driven two hours north to go to the Noosa Food and Wine Festival. I’ve been to Noosa quite a few times, and it has many mentions on this website. It’s a nice place, so much so that it ended up being seventh on Queensland’s top iconic locations list.
In order to entice as many people as possible to visit this food and wine festival, the organisers provided the following photographs of the area for the media to download and share…
Anyway, the festival itself looked massive, featuring gourmet food from just about every corner of the world, a host of famous chefs performing onstage celebrity chef demonstrations and there were almost 50 wine and beer kiosks to choose from.
Plenty of live entertainment too, but for serious foodies the main event was an eight course degustation with matching premium wines at a mouthwatering $495 per person.
But we didn’t go.
Redcliffe Kite Festival
Just an hour north from us is Redcliffe, we’ve been there a few times as well, most recently at the beginning of last month for their Easter at the Festival of Sails. Well, this weekend they had another festival, this one also making full use of the sea breeze. Not yachts though, kites…Image courtesy of Fiona Harding
This festival has market stalls, live music and entertainment, a Community Stage, a Seafood Stage and a Seafood and Wine Kitchen. To top it off, there was a firework display in the evening.
But we didn’t go.
Paniyiri Greek FestivalImage courtesy of Brisbane Times
Closer to home in Musgrove Park, which is in South Brisbane and not too far from South Bank Parklands, was the Paniyiri Greek Festival. Paniyiri is Queensland’s signature celebration of all things Greek and the state’s largest cultural festival. It’s been going since 1976 making it the longest running Greek festival in Australia.
All kinds of Greek food available from the food stalls as well as Greek entertainment. Greek dancers, grape stomping, a world record Zorba attempt, Greek cooking demonstrations, cultural films and lectures. No doubt, somewhere or other, there would have been plate smashing and, in the background, the traditional sounds of the bouzouki.
Plenty to do for the kids too, with a Kid’s Zone, a Sideshow Alley with amusement rides, games, art, craft, storytelling and face painting all, again, topped off with a firework display in the evening.
But we didn’t go.
Why didn’t we go?
RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2013
Taking place at Chermside to the North of Brisbane was this years Million Paws Walk, a dog walk for charity. Mrs Bobinoz, Elizabeth and Hippy (she was too young last year) all wanted to go, and so they did. Plenty dogs, plenty people and plenty walking…
You may remember they also did the Paws Walk 2011.
The Brookfield Show
Much closer to home, less than 10 minutes drive, was The Brookfield Show. We’ve been to this event, I think, every year since we’ve been here and I first wrote about it in 2009. Last year I made a video about The Rodeo at the Brookfield Show.
This year, Elizabeth entered the fancy cake cooking competition, she made a cake that looked like a jewellery box.
To top a very busy weekend off, on Sunday night here on TV, we had Eurovision! Can life get any better?