Old and new events will be the highlight of this year’s Port Douglas Carnivale celebration as the countdown begins to the much loved Festival’s 21st milestone year.
Port Douglas Carnivale will be held across 10 days from May 22 to 31, 2015 and is recognised as one of North Queensland’s largest cultural and food celebrations attracting more than 20,000 people from across the region as well as Australia wide.
Carnivale general manager Roy Weavers said all the magic of Carnivale would be brought to life as the region celebrated the very foundations of this event.
“The program for Carnivale 2015 is coming together very nicely with a number of key events now locked in and tickets already on sale.”
Mr Weavers said revellers could expect the return of some of Carnivale’s favourite events such as the Longest Lunch, which will now be held in Rex Smeal Park, and the annual Street Parade, which will kick off official proceedings on Friday, May 22.
“The Longest Lunch offers one of the most exciting changes in the event line-up and we know those attending are going to love the new outdoor venue,” he added.
Also returning on the first weekend is the Saturday Family Beach with the Yabusame and Medieval Jousting, and the Carnivale Garden Games, where the inaugural World Esky Championship will be held.
However, Mr Weavers said the launch of Club Tropicana, a highlight event on the Carnivale calendar was set to wow festival goers.
“The event organisers, Events NQ, are pulling out all the stops for a decadent, lavish, tropical party in the park on Saturday, May 23 and this is one event not to be missed.”
Mr Weavers said the biggest growth for Carnivale has been the midweek activities leading through to the closing weekend, which incorporates the Zinc Chandon Luncheon, Palates of Port and the Seafood Extravaganza.
“These are sophisticated food events to tempt every taste and sate every wine palate,” he said. Adding to the Carnivale mix will once again be celebrity appearances, yacht racing, fashion, comedy and more.
However, Mr Weavers said there was plenty of room for more and has urged the local community to contact the Carnivale team if they would like to submit an independent event to be included in the program.
“We are planning a lot of different things to do over the 10 days, so if there are any local businesses, community groups or individuals that have a great idea for an event, please contact us.”
Mr Weavers said he was also excited to launch the new Carnivale’s new responsive website – www.carnivale.com.au.
“It is easy to use with an event calendar that makes it even quicker to book your favourite events online,” he said. Tickets are now on sale for Palates of Port, The Longest Lunch, and Club Tropicana.