FOOD is being prepared, wine is chilling and flowers are blooming for the Carnival of Flowers' signature event which kicks off today.
The Ergon Energy Food and Wine Festival showcases the best produce from the Toowoomba and Darling Downs area.
Over the next three days Toowoomba residents and visitors alike will be able to sit under the stars, wine in hand and listen to some of Australia's best musicians.
Big names like Daryl Brathwaite and Temper Trap will perform as well as Alex Lahey, The Paper Kites, Hot Potato Band, The Voices, The Angels, Boys in the Band and The Diamonds.
The event runs from 10am today to 9pm Sunday.
The gala dinner at Laurel Bank Park officially kicked the carnival off last night with a four-course degustation.
The Grand Central Floral Parade is not to be missed at 3pm tomorrow with incredible floats to be seen by more than 100,000 people.
The parade route runs from Herries St, along Ruthven St, Chalk Dr, Hume St and ends on the Godsall St oval where the floats will be on display for closer viewing.
There will also be free entertainment at side show alley, at lower Queens Park, until Sunday with rides, food, show bags and fireworks displays at night.
Also don't forget to check out The Chronicle Garden Competition winners.
Gordon and Maria Reynolds took out the City Grand Champion award for their garden at 40 Smythe Dr, Highfields and Paul and Noela Rubb won the Country Grand Champion Garden for their garden at 194 Schultz-Haden Rd.
For more information on carnival events see The Chronicle Garden Competition Visitor Guide in today's newspaper.
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