A festival for Pumpkins?

pumpkins2Last month, inspired by the surplus of random festivals happening across the country, I made a new oath. Over the course of the next twelve months I pledged to attend as many random festivals Queensland had to offer. First up was The Goomeri Pumpkin Festival.

I had high hopes for Goomeri, as the festival was recently voted number 24 on RACQ’s must do list. So, after convincing my best friend to tag along for the experience, I started fantasising about all the pumpkin foods I’d be able to sample and getting ready for the big event.

I should make it clear, The Goomeri Pumpkin Festival is a weekend away you’ll love more than you expect to. Held on the last Sunday of May each year, it’s well worth the trip. Families, grey nomads, young couples, and larakins all flock to the area to test their luck in the pumpkin roll and to sample the huge range of pumpkin specialties on display.

A trip to the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival is unlike anything you would experience elsewhere, so mark the date on your calendar for next year’s event.

Event highlights:

  • Pumpkin roll (land on the ‘magic spot’ to win $1,000)
  • Pumpkin shot put (furthest shot wins)
  • Pumkin pull (fastest team to load and pull a heavy sleigh of pumpkins up a hill wins)

Need to know:

  • It gets freezing at night so pack warm clothes and lots of blankets to stay warm.
  • If you’re wanting to participate in the pumkin roll, a pumkin will cost you approx. $3 from the local IGA, and the registration is $7. You can, however, BYO pumpkin – so if you find a beauty at your local farmers market the weekend before the event, be sure to bring it along. (Hint, small and round is less likely to crack apart and will go further down the hill.)
  • Be sure to register for the roll early in the day, as the cut off time is 1pm and if the event organisers run out of registrations before then you risk missing out.
  • If you arrive the day before, don’t be put off by the sleepy town vibe – the town transforms overnight into a flurry of pumpkin punters ready to roll!
  • Try the pumkin date cake – if you’re a fan of sticky date pudding, this beauty won’t disappoint.

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Getting there/directions:

The small town of Goomeri is located approximately 265 kilometres northwest of Brisbane, or 78kn north from Gympie.

Follow the Bruce Highway/A1 and take a left onto Wide Bay Highway/State Route 49. This will turn into a long fairly quiet road, and if you follow the signs to Goomeri you can’t go wrong. About halfway along this road to Goomeri you’ll pass through a small town called Kilkivan; and if you don’t you’re going the wrong way!

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