The Ultimate Boys Trip

July 2018

The Ultimate Boys Trip just landed: And it’s full of bands, bros, BBQ, beer and … bulbs!

Did somebody say low ‘n slow BBQ?

Attention fellas – grab your mates and pack your swags for the ultimate boys’ trip up the range for the Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine, the ultimate opening to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers! 21 to 23 September!

The Ultimate Boys Trip has just landed, and no, it’s not a Mad-Monday inspired Bali getaway; it’s a weekend of bands (only some of the best sound makers in the country), BBQ (low ‘n’ slow), beer (local and craft of course), bros (that’s your department) and …. bulbs, yep bulbs.

The 2018 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers opens with the Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine over the weekend from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 September. The festival showcases local produce, wines and craft beers from pastures, orchards and vineyards of South Queensland Country and features over 50 food and wine stalls, beer and BBQ demonstrations, foodie experiences and cooking demonstrations. The culinary adventure is supported by a jaw-dropping line up of music over the three days.

With delicious food from over 25 vendors, including the legendary blokes from Brisbane’s Shank Brothers, local brews, rockin’ tunes, unbeatable Spring weather and a vibe like no other, the Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine is the perfect place to share some great mate time.

And did we mention the slow cooked meats?

Let’s talk about the bulbs. The gardeners in Toowoomba have planted an epic 176,030 seedlings and bulbs that are all set to bloom for the Carnival. It’s a sight to behold and one the blokes need to see to believe.

WHAT YOU BLOKES NEED TO KNOW: One day passes for the Festival are only $35pp so why not get together a crew, chip in a few bucks each and hire a mini van for the day so no one has to drive. If you’d rather make a weekend of it, a 3-day pass is $90pp. Check out accommodation at or if camping is more your style there are a range of sites within stone’s throw of T-Bar so jump online and book before it’s too late!

Top SIX things to do with your buddies at the Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine

Number 1 – Getta bit of Aussie rock into ya! Music fans are spoiled for choice with a range of amazing acts each night. Love a bit of Alt Rock? Cloud Control are performing Friday night as are punk rock legends, The Living End. More of a Psychedelic rock fan? Stick around for cult faves, The Church on Saturday night. And on Sunday night you can ‘Run to Paradise’ with The Choirboys.

Number 2 – Stuff yourself until you can’t eat anymore. With over 25 different food options there is no reason to go home hungry so get stuck into as much local produce as you can including Pots of Produce and the Everest Spice Tandoori & Curry House followed by Churros & Chocolate (make sure you wear comfy jeans).

Number 3 – Impress your mates (and the ladies) with your beer expertise. Can’t tell your pilsners from your porters? Never fear, after attending a Beer & BBQ tasting session you’ll be a pro when it comes to beer styles, flavours and food-matching. Meat, right? Beer matches with meat. (Fri-Sun @ various times)

Number  4 – Combine history with beer in the Talking Pubs Tour – Want to show off your new-found beer knowledge? Why not join the progressive foodie tour of four historic pubs. First stop is Fitzy’s Toowoomba to sample shared canape platters, then to the rooftop bar at Muller Bros for more tasty morsels. Mains will be served at the iconic Spotted Cow Hotel, with dessert at the historic Irish Club Hotel for a sweet finish to the tour. (Sunday 11am-3:15pm)

Number 5 – Become a master of the American-style low ‘n’ slow style with competition BBQ team, the Shank Brothers – experience the wonders of short ribs, smoked over Ironbark until they’re as tender as a mother’s kiss.

Number 6 – Nurture the child within at the Carnival of Trains – Need a time-out from all the grown-up stuff? Re-live the hours you spent playing with trains as a kid and get along to the Toowoomba Showground (Sat & Sun) to see the world of model railways where the grass is green, and life is simple.


Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers September 21 to 30, 2018

Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine – Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd September, 2018 – Upper Queens Park, Cr Margaret & Lindsay St, Toowoomba

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