Monday, August 29, 2011

Floriade… A Feast For The Senses

As the aromas waft from the garden beds and beyond, from 17th September to 16th October at Commonwealth Park. This year’s theme, 'A feast for the senses', will set the scene for spectacular entertainment, horticultural delights and a smorgasbord of activities for the whole family. Be intrigued by the inspired garden bed designs; captivated by the artistic entertainment; fascinated with the engaging exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops; enjoy fun kids’ activities and be enchanted by the beautiful ambience of Floriade NightFest. 

Help one of Australia’s most revered jazz musicians, Vince Jones, kick off Floriade 2011 when he performs with his band at the ANU School of Music, at the official opening concert on Saturday 17th September.

Let this year’s horticulture program stimulate your senses with dozens of exciting demonstrations, activities, displays and events. Admire the endless possibilities of floral design and see the stunning display of creativity and colour when fashion and flowers come together.

Be inspired by the showcase gardens and the infinite possibilities for transforming your backyard. Discover the history of war time kitchens and gardens at the Australian War Memorial’s Victory Garden, featuring the plants and vegetables grown by wartime Australian families during the Second World War.
Families love time out and reconnecting with each other in Matilda's Farmyard, great kids’ programs, gnome painting and amazing creatures at the Riveting Reptile exhibitions. Bring the family along to be enchanted by the magic of Floriade NightFest.
This year’s Floriade NightFest will feature a spectacular new lighting installation. Storm of the Senses will take visitors on a journey through digital rain falling between the emotive sounds of a storm, with powerful thunder and gusts of wind. Visitors lucky enough to catch a break in the storm will see the whole installation spring to life in a series of vivid lighting displays accompanied by a dramatic musical soundtrack.
Make a date with Floriade NightFest 2011. There are plenty of things to see and do in the capital this spring. Stay tuned for the full program and details here soon.
Call 1300 727 655 or go to for visitor information and great Floriade Canberra accommodation deals. For regular updates, and insider information follow the Official Floriade page on Facebook and the Twitter feed at Floriadeaust.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Alto Restuarant

Alto is a unique, innovative and modern dining experience. One revolution of the restaurant takes around 85 minutes ensuring breathtaking views to accompany excellent food. The décor is fresh and elegant creating the perfect atmosphere for a relaxed casual dinner, special occasion, cocktail party or wedding. 

The menus reflect a progressive modern Australian cuisine with innovative European influences using fresh produce sourced locally, regionally and occasionally international gourmet specialities. Alto have a tantalising choice of reasonably priced entrees, main meals and desserts. For pre-dinner drinks try a cocktail from the exclusive cocktail list or an ice-cold local or international beer in the bar or lounge. 

Alto, just 10 minutes drive from the centre of Canberra, with ample parking and wheelchair access, has the right atmosphere combined with excellent food and stunning views. 

Visit Alto

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pavilion on Northbourne

The Pavilion on Northbourne is the perfect place for your wedding, with a wide variety of venue options, catering packages and all the extra features and services you would expect from one of Canberra's premier venues.

The unique Atriums make the property an excellent wedding reception and ceremony venue. The indoor tropical gardens, bar, restaurant, special accommodation rates for wedding guests and complimentary off street parking all add to the appeal. The friendly staff ensures that your individual requests are met and that your expectations are exceeded. 

Pavilion on Northbourne offer value for money, central location, all weather tropical venue, professional friendly staff, mouth-watering food, flexible menus, choice of venues, discounted accommodation and a personalised packages.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Crisps Lane Cafe

The Crisps Lane Cafe is beautifully situated overlooking both the Yass Valley Wines vineyard and valley. From the north facing verandah or the full length windows in the cafe, guests can enjoy both the country hospitality and the delightful country views.

Using only local NSW produce to best effect, Crisps Lane Cafe offers quality food at very reasonable prices. The cafe is open on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. 

Functions can be catered for at any mutually agreed time from Wednesdays to Sundays inclusive. The cafe menu is extensive but special menu arrangements can be made for group bookings if the menu selection is made in advance. The modern function menus provide for service to your table or Banquet style service.

Try the delicious Beef in Red Wine - slow cooked local Minto Galloways Beef and Majestic Mushrooms, served with seasonal hot vegetables $25.00.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Add a Bow to Your Wedding Cake

Bows, ribbons or sashes are a great way to decorate your wedding cake, just like these cakes from Cake of Your Dreams. Colour co-ordinate them to match your theme. Edible or not, bows add an elegant and romantic touch.