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Louise Heginbotham3 years ago

Rocky’s Taste of the World Festival is back!

Another week is over and the kids are restless for the weekend. If you’re after somewhere fun, affordable and family friendly to take the kids in Rockhampton this weekend, definitely stop by the Taste of the World Festival. Held at the Rockhampton Showgrounds from 11:00am until 4:30pm, it’s easy to make a full day of it, or just drop by for an hour or two. If free jumping castles, petting zoos and merry-go-rounds sound like the perfect day out for your kids, head to the showgrounds for a day they won’t forget!

The Rockhampton Taste of the World Festival is a unique, multicultural event that celebrates the rich, cultural diversity of the Central Queensland Region. Sample some culinary delights from around the world, enjoy live music and dance performances, or head out with the kids for a great family fun day. Here’s the run-down on the festival, as well as where to grab your morning coffee and delightful dinner after!

Take the kids to breakfast

Café Bliss Rockhampton

Fig and vanilla feuille with cinnamon caramel pisrachio ice cream and persian fairy floss, Cafe Bliss - Rockhampton
Fig & vanilla feuille with cinnamon caramel pistachio ice cream & Persian fairy floss, Cafe Bliss – Rockhampton

It’s going to be a big day—walking around different stalls, watching a range of performances and meeting a bunch of new people—so you and the kids will need some energy. If you’re after amazing, fresh and filling food, head to Café Bliss Rockhampton. Located on Bolsover Street, this café is just a few streets away from the showgrounds, making it a great option for brekky before the festival. Their mouth-watering menu includes their big breakfast (available all day), vanilla waffles and blueberry pancakes. If you’re after something light, try the Café Bliss omeletini—perfect for those whose appetites don’t stir until later in the morning.

Walk-ins are welcome, but tables are filling fast. So be sure to call ahead and see if there is a table left for you and the kids! Café Bliss – (07) 4920 4900.
Where: 64 Bolsover St, Rockhampton QLD 4700

Now that you’ve fuelled up for the festival, it’s time to head over to the Rockhampton Showgrounds for some cultural entertainment, cuisine and showcases that can’t be missed!

Taste of the World Festival

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Japanese food tasting

At just $2 per adult and children under 15 years entering free, the Taste of the World Festival is a great place to spend your Saturday this weekend. This annual event only runs for one day, so be sure to take full advantage of everything it has to offer.

Get your dose of culture by viewing the entertainment program. This incorporates a number of cultural performances from community groups and Rockhampton locals. There’ll even be some children’s groups performing traditional songs, dances and instrumental pieces, as well as fun pop segments.

Love your international cuisine? Learn how to cook some of your favourite dishes by attending a few cooking demonstrations. There is also a wide range of crafts and cultural activities to participate in. A huge range of food stalls means you can sample all kinds of international cuisine—perfect for grabbing a quick lunch while you’re walking around.

Keep the kids entertained with a wide range of free activities and entertainment. Take them over to the petting zoo to meet some farm animals, or give them a go on the carousel. Your kids are sure to be tuckered out after visiting this festival!

You’re tired, the kids are tired—grab a seat, some dinner and relax

Punjabi Indian Tandoori Restaurant

Punjabi Indian Restaurant
Homely interiors, Punjabi Indian Restaurant – Rockhampton

Just a short 5-minute drive from the showgrounds is Punjabi Indian, the perfect Rockhampton restaurant to continue tasting food from around the world. Dishing up authentic Indian cuisine, prepared Tandoori-style, you and the kids are sure to enjoy their vast selection of flavoursome foods. Open from 5pm ’til late, you’ll have plenty of time to get the kids settled in for dinner, or have them home nice and early! Enjoy some downtime while you and the kids eat high-quality fresh food. Punjabi Indian’s extensive menu ensures there’s really something here for everyone.
Where: 137 East St, Rockhampton QLD 4700

It’s been a big day, you (and the kids) are probably ready for bed! For more family fun ideas for the coming weekends, click here to check out some other great activities in Rockhampton.

Did you go to the Taste of the World Festival? Let us know how it went in the comments below!

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