Markets in Eumundi: Queensland’s BEST

My very first experience of the Eumundi Markets was a long time ago when I was just a small child. It was a weekend and my dad was delivering hay to a supplier in Eumundi. I wanted to go with as I always did when dad went on a delivery, so I did. Let me…

Happy New Years!

It’s time to let go of the bad times from the last year and embrace what the future holds; celebrate the end of a year and the start of a new one;  a time for us to move on from the lows we have all had this past year, and get excited for what the new year will…

Spice Up Your Life at India Fest

In October we were lucky enough to attend the inaugural India Fest in Townsville, which coincides with India’s Festival of Lights. We were not sure what to expect, and were pleasantly surprised by the variety and ambiance of the festival. I would say it is one of the best cultural festivals we have here in…

Have a ‘Cultural Feast’ at the Townsville Cultural Festival

The annual Townsville Cultural Festival is a celebration of the differences that make up this community; a celebration of cultural diversity that is Australia. For five days every August Townsville is inundated with culture, which includes a large array of stalls at the ‘Global Village’ offering arts, crafts, fashions and giftware from around the world.…

Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year falls between the 21st January and the 20th February, and is the longest running festival in the Chinese Calendar. Small scale celebrations began c.2300BCE during the Neolithic, but it was not until the Shang Dynasty (c.1600-1050BCE) that New Years celebrations became a part of the year end religious ceremony. During the…

Be My Valentine

With approximately 62% of the worlds population celebrating Valentine’s Day, it is no wonder it’s the second highest celebrated holiday in the world. But where did it all start? Valentine’s Day, or St. Valentine’s Day, can be traced back to the Ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, held from 13th to the 15th of February, to…

Best Carnivals Around the World

Carnival is the religious festive season which occurs immediately before Lent (the six weeks directly before Easter marked by fasting), traditionally held in areas with a large Catholic and, to a lesser extent, Eastern Orthodox makeup. Cologne, Germany Beginning 11th November and going through winter, Germans celebrate during Karneval, aka Fasching. In cologne events include…

Road Travel in Thailand

Leaving Australian road rules behind and never feeling safer. Before I went to Thailand I had heard stories about how insane it is to travel on the roads in Southeast Asia, but I still wasn’t quite ready for the lack of rules followed on the roads. More times than not I saw overloaded scooters, songthaews…

Get Your Greek On: Townsville’s Greek Festival

Experience a combination of Greek music, food and entertainment at Townsville’s cultural Greek Fest. A FREE community event held annually at Townsville’s Riverway Park. What’s On? Children’s rides Food and drink Main stage entertainment Marketplace (Agora) Enjoy a bunch of children’s rides in the Village Green, stay entertained with cultural dancing and singing on the…

Halloween: a haunted history

Halloween has become one of the most celebrated days around the world. Nowadays it is all about costumes, lollies and scaring people, but it wasn’t always that way. Halloween evolved from the 2000 year old Celtic tradition, Samhain; a day which marked the end of harvest season and beginning of winter. Celebrated on the 31st…

Ingham Italian Festival: food, wine & music!

If you are interested in all things Italian then you should definitely head to the Australian Italian Festival in Ingham. Food, wine, entertainment, markets, cooking, challenges and so much more can be experienced here. Located at the beautiful TYTO Wetlands in Ingham, the Italian Fest showcases and celebrates the culture of Italian migrants and their…

The Myth of Count Dracula

Count Dracula is a fictional character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Count Dracula was inspired by the infamous Prince of Wallachia, Vlad III Dracula, one of the most well known figures in Romanian history. Romanian folklore had been rich with the supernatural before the Irish writer, Bram Stoker, created the tale of Count Dracula. He researched…