Highlights

Opening weekend
Featuring Julie Goodwin

Julie Goodwin – best known for taking out the title of Channel 10’s first-ever MasterChef in 2009 – will kick things off in the kitchen during Floriade’s opening weekend. The best-selling author and television personality, who is also an ambassador for Oxfam’s GROW campaign, will bring her sense of humour and mum-next-door persona to Floriade, while showcasing her family-focused style of cooking that continues to make her so popular. The opening weekend’s program also includes a range of gardening demonstrations about sustainable food production and urban homesteading, and fashion and flowers will collide as Canberra Institute of Technology’s floristry students parade their imaginatively-designed gowns.

Week One – Smart Living
Featuring Costa Georgiadis and Simon Bryant

Week one of Floriade will focus on Smart Living, with opportunities to learn from leaders in sustainable living and bio-organic gardening. Grab gardening tips from some of the country’s greenest thumbs or learn how to set up your own veggie garden. ABC TV’s s gardening guru Costa Georgiadis will educate crowds on sustainable gardening practices while Lish Feyer will encourage visitors to “Green It Yourself” by living off your own home-grown garden. In The Gourmet Garden The Cook and The Chef’s Simon Bryant will demonstrate his grassroots style of cooking utilising sustainable and ethical foods.

Week Two – Future Style
Featuring Emma Elizabeth and The Canberra Centre

Inventive designs, new age trends and cutting-edge fashions will be on display when week two explores the theme of Future Style. Be inspired by trendsetters at the forefront of change in the fashion and technology industries when Floriade celebrates our past innovations and rejuvenates the way we see our future direction. The Canberra Centre will host daily fashion shows while talented Sydney designer and stylist Emma Elizabeth showcases her innovative industrial designs. The Gourmet Garden will feature cooking demonstrations from Ready, Steady, Cook! star Janelle Bloom and a range of local and international chefs.

Week Three – Invention
Featuring Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Meredith Kirton

Check out the latest gadgets during week three as Floriade investigates the theme of Invention. Some of Australia’s most prolific inventors and scientists – including famed science enthusiast Dr Karl – will allow us to pick their brains, while Tubby The Robot entertains the youngsters. In conjunction with ABC Radio National, Floriade will turn its attention to the fusion of invention and creativity with a selection of Aspiring Inventors Competition entries on display. In The Gourmet Garden, stylist, gardener and author Meredith Kirton will offer up practical gardening information, tips and tricks for harvesting, and mouth-watering recipes from her new book, Grow Harvest Cook.

Week Four – Contemporary Cultures
Featuring Poh Ling Yeow and Shane Delia

Our country’s multicultural diversity will be on display during week four as Floriade focuses on the topic of Contemporary Cultures. Be entertained by traditional dances and watch as experienced chefs whip up a range of cultural dishes. Malaysian-born cook, Poh Ling Yeow, who was named the 2009 MasterChef runner-up, hopes to get Aussies excited about cooking and eating a variety of cuisines while fostering an awareness of food wastage. Award-winning chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Shane Delia will draw on experiences from his latest culinary journey through Turkey when he cooks up a storm at Floriade. The program also includes a Contemporary Photographic Exhibition, which will celebrate the essence of our Australian identity and who we are today.

Kids’ Corner

There is something for children of all ages at Floriade 2013. Matilda’s Farmyard and Reptiles Inc will return again this year, contrasting the cute baby animals with the scaly ones. The Circus Playground will give children the chance to try their hand at juggling, balancing on stilts and walking beams, while The Giant Cell will give them insight into what a real plant cell is like. A range of sporting activities and The Yellow Van’s Fruity Figures will give kids the opportunity to keep fit and healthy while having a great time at Floriade. There will also be face painting, fun gardening activities, scarecrow making and much more.

For interviews, photographs or more information please contact Lisa Ridgley at Morris Walker Pty Limited on 02 6162 0021 or lridgley@morriswalker.com.au or visit www.floriadeaustralia.com