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Six extraordinary courses + one flavour-filled evening: Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers shares the menu for the Qantas Gala Dinner

Six extraordinary courses + one flavour-filled evening


Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers shares the menu for the Qantas Gala Dinner


During one flavour-filled evening on Thursday September 19 in Toowoomba, six extraordinary courses will be served to 300 food lovers in a first-ever culinary collaboration between East Street Kitchen and Gabbinbar Homestead.   


The stunning Qantas Gala Dinner is a unique dining experience celebrating the beauty and colours of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and this year for the first time, will be a six-course degustation featuring local flavours of the region.


In marking the 70th anniversary of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, the Qantas Gala Dinner will be held in the Civic Square in the CBD with the menu custom-created by East Street Kitchen - the Darling Down’s largest and most experienced off-premises caterer, together with Gabbinbar Homestead – one of Australia’s most popular wedding destinations and winner of 2018 Queensland Caterer of the Year.


Tickets are on sale now at tcof.com.au with organisers warning food lovers that the event will sell out fast.


Head chefs Penny Hely of East Street Kitchen and Bernhard Kohlhuber of Gabbinbar Homestead have been working for weeks to create the menu, and without further ado, it is detailed below.



Soy braised Borrowdale pork | wonton crisp | Japanese mayonnaise

Tempura Flare Produce zucchini flower| spiced pumpkin | tahini yoghurt

Fresh shucked oysters | gin foam | Twin Pines lime shavings

“Steak & fries” | The Phoenix Wagyu by Mort & Co | potato rosti | kimchi aioli




Bunya black triple cream brie | real honeycomb

Awassi cheddar | poached baby figs

Bunnyconnellen olives | Penny’s bacon jam

Bakers Duck bread | Stahman Farm nuts

Accompanied by an abundance of fruits & condiments; Native greenery arrangements by The Luxe Bloom



Charred prawn | Ub’s Farm tomato pernod gel | Awassi feta | Kfarm rocket

Or Masterstock duck rillette | porcini | crisp Toni’s pancetta | port fluid gel




Confit of Banyard Farm quail | truffle honey

Chicken ballotine | Bunya nut & tarragon | Kfarm watercress

Grandchester eye fillet `a la Colbert by Mort & Co

Slow braised & pulled Toni’s Warwick lamb | Symphony Hill Nebbiolo jus

9Dorf Farm barramundi | blue swimmer crab | Ub’s Farm heirloom tomato fennel salsa | Volcanic Brewing ale crisp battered prawns | Twin Pines lime wedges

Toowoomba’s Farmers Market maple & thyme roasted vegetables | potatoes

Toowoomba’s Farmers Market seasonal vegetables | preserved lemon gremolata

Pearl cous cous | pomegranate, Kfarm mint & coriander

Kfarm rocket | pear & walnuts | Awassi labneh | lemon honey dressing



Raspberry & salted caramel couverture | pistachio | rose & berries | Flare Produce flowers | Twin Pines lime curd



Petit fours gift box featuring the Toowoomba icons “Wattle & Violet”

Created by the Chefs of Gabbinbar & produced in cooperation with world award winning Mettisto Artisan Chocolate

Made with single origin, Solomon Island cocoa beans & 100% Australian almonds & Strawberries



Volcanic Brewing | Paler, Pale Ale + Symphony Hill Wines | 2016 Reserve Nebbiolo, Fiano, Prosecco

Volcanic Brewing, Toowoomba craft beer brewery, is proud to present their beer bottled for the first time. Symphony Hill Wines are pioneers in the Granite Belt region and offer an exciting range of alternative wine varieties.


Over 10 glorious days from September 20 to 29, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers will shine as Australia’s most beautiful event. More than 1,100 hectares of public parks and private gardens will be on display shining with over 180,000 bulbs and seedlings in full bloom. The program features a record 77 events (up from 66 last year), including award-winning parks and private gardens, internationally acclaimed music acts and some of the best food and wine experiences in the state! Plus, the Grand Central Floral Parade that stops the city!



The GALA STAY Package at the newly renovated Burke and Wills Hotel in Toowoomba (situated directly opposite the venue) includes room, Gala Dinner ticket (1 x) and breakfast for one adult starting from $384 or for two adults (including 2 Gala Dinner tickets) from $598.  https://app-apac.thebookingbutton.com/properties/qhburkewillsdirect


Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers: September 20 to 29, 2019

Program and ticket detail at www.tcof.com.au or on www.facebook.com.au/CarnivalFlowers

Tour detail at https://www.tcof.com.au/touroperators/ 

Accommodation detail at https://www.tcof.com.au/accommodation/ 




For more information contact Kath Rose & Associates on 0416 291 493 or kath@kathrose.com