Festival wows crowd

Ava Saad, 6 enjoys the Ginger Festival.
Ava Saad, 6 enjoys the Ginger Festival.

FOOD and flowers - it doesn't get much better than that.

The Ginger Factory once again proved it was a wonderful combination during the 17th Annual Flower and Food Festival. Huge crowds turned out, despite the unkind weather, leaving organisers delighted.

Ginger Factory's general manager of tourism, Corinne Mikkelsen, said she was amazed by the turn-out.

"It has gone off so well, we have had chefs cooking up a storm, it is just amazing," she said.

"We had more than 4000 exotic ginger plants and we had to call up everyone we knew to get in some more because we ran out."

The three-day celebration, which pays homage to Queensland's sub-tropical lifestyle, featured a number of celebrity guests including Dame Edna Average and her alter ego Austin Flowers, celebrity chefs, ABC gardening guru Colin Campbell and the brains behind Brisbane Botanical Gardens, Ross McKinnon.

Ms Mikkelsen said the weather played a big part in the weekend's success.

"I think if it had been a typical sunny day we would be down on the numbers," she said.

"But the feedback that I am getting is that it has a nice groove to it and you are thoroughly entertained.

"There are big things coming for the Ginger Factory. We have planned renovations underway for the cafe and we have three new chefs."

Topics:  ginger factory sunshine coast tourism

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