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April 2015 News

Easterfest celebrations extend to Toowoomba CBD

  • Written by  Brooke Duncan
Toowoomba cafes and restaurants enjoyed the extra business brought to town by Easterfest Photo: GRETA BENNETT

Easterfest City events have caused a rise in revenue for businesses through Toowoomba while also permeating the city with the Easter message.

Easterfest City celebrations were held at venues throughout the city centre including Bon Amici Winebar and Café, Grand Central Shopping Centre and Amigo’s Bar and Grill and were free to the public. 

Bon Amici’s owner Wayne Luchterhand said Easterfest was good for Toowoomba.

“It’s great for the city, great vibe, nice kids, nice people. It brings a lot of money into the town. Toowoomba needs more of this kind of thing,” Wayne said.

Wayne said the event was also great for the café and brought in two weeks’ worth of business in four days.

Bounce café employee Nick Ryan said the festival was great for the coffee shop. 

“It wouldn’t be this busy without Easterfest,” he said.

The free music events also had a positive impact on people around the city.

Toowoomba singer and author Belinda Tigell played at Bon Amici’s on Good Friday during the afternoon and evening.

“I thought it was a really great day, a really great vibe,” Ms Tigell said.  “I think it’s great for artists, but it’s also great too to present love and truth, the messages of God in a non ‘churchy’ way,” she said.

Events were also held at Centre Court in Grand Central Shopping Centre.

Fox & Fiasco fans, brother and sister Brendan and Emma Fernance, saw the band perform on Easter Saturday. 

Emma said they have only ever missed one Easterfest.

“We love it… love going together and worshipping with thousands of other people,” she said.

Brendan agreed.

“I think it’s awesome, the fact we can spread it out into the city and celebrate across the city,” he said.

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