Book in for lunch, dinner and a show during Flavours of Ipswich

During Flavours of Ipswich, why not stay a little longer and enjoy a show before or after your dinner or lunch!
10 Mar 2021
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

Flavours of Ipswich is Good to Go!

While you’re in Ipswich dining out during Flavours of Ipswich, we suggest you take in a show to make a weekend of it…

Enjoy delicious fixed price dining with $25 two course lunches and $35 three course dinners and fabulous entertainment during your foodie adventure.

Margaret Fulton the musical

A musical biography of a true Aussie legend based on her bestselling autobiography. The Margaret Fulton Cookbook encouraged Australian housewives to experiment with more interesting ingredients, straying from the old tradition of meat and three veg.

This delightful musical romp follows her journey from humble beginnings to super-stardom.

Before she burst into the nation’s kitchens in 1969 with her burnt orange crockpots and chunky stoneware serving dishes, encouraging housewives to try their hand at Nasi Goreng and Apricot Chicken, Australian food was bland, boring and British, or overly fussy, fancy and French!

The Margaret Fulton Cookbook, with hundreds of recipes, step-by step instructions, hints, tips and full-colour pictures, was a huge success, and taught a generation of women how to make delicious, economical dishes for family and friends. The era of the dinner party was born! Armed with a fondue set, a pressure cooker and their new confidence, women transformed themselves from family cooks to elegant hostesses, serving Chicken Liver Pâté, Sweet and Sour Pork and Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding.

See the Show Thursday April 8, 7.30pm-8:30pm.

John Williamson in concert

This year Australian music icon John Williamson will celebrate his 51st anniversary in the entertainment industry and foresee closing the book on his regular touring.

When John Williamson wandered into Richmond’s GTV9 studios in 1970 with a guitar under his arm, little did the Mallee farmer realise he’d make a 50-year career out of singing and performing. His performance of Old Man Emu the first song John had ever written, on Channel Nine’s popular New Faces program resulted in a number one single and a record deal. It also marked the appearance of a striking new talent: an unofficial custodian of Australian stories.

Half a century on, John Williamson has made an art of expertly capturing Australia in song. Painting lyrical pictures of our unique fauna and flora, landscapes and people, John has encapsulated the beauty, wonder and, sometimes, heartbreak of life Down Under. From boabs to billabongs and snowy mountains to sandy beaches, the Mallee-born songwriter’s 52 albums­–including 20 original studio albums–have traversed Australia like a dust-covered road train, deftly moving between larrikin humour and touching pathos.

Perhaps John’s greatest legacy is making Australians proud of their country and of who they are. So, don’t miss him, True Blue himself, in your town or city for what could be the final time.

See the show Friday April 9 8pm-10:30pm.

Dustier than ever

Dustier than Ever – A Show in Honour of Slim is a 90 minute Show which has been performed numerous times in New South Wales and Queensland by Chris Cook and The Chris Cook Band – the same line up for 8 years.

It is presented with the approval and endorsement of Joy McKean and the Slim Dusty Foundation in Kempsey.

Chris Cook plays energetic country guitar, skillful and toe-tapping fiddle and highly polished bluegrass/hillbilly banjo.

With Rob Renfrew on double bass and James Cantwell on drums and percussion, Chris traces the history of Slim’s progression from his early days at NuIla Creek through to his recognition as an international performer.

The Show provides the opportunity to hear a good story about Australia. It showcases a selection of Slim’s songs – respectable renditions of Slim Dusty repertoire -interspersed with some of Chris Cook’s memories from his years of friendship with Slim.

No two Shows are ever the same.

Chris Cook wrote three songs for Slim Dusty- When the Country’s Wet, Diggin’ a Hole in my Guitar and Rollin’ down the Road.

*FREE tea/coffee and biscuit included

See the show Wednesday April 21 10am-11am.

3 Legends in concert

Don’t miss the chance to relive all the great memories and all the great songs when these three music legends come together for one night only!

Normie Rowe AM was Australia’s first King of Pop with hits including Shakin’ All Over, Ohh La La and It Ain’t Necessarily So and starred in a myriad of stage shows including Annie, Chess, Evita and as Jean Valjean in Les Miserable. He has done it all.

Dinah Lee (the Queen of the mods) is a New Zealand born singer with hits including Don’t You Know Yockomo, Reet Petite and Do The Blue Beat and is acknowledged as New Zealand’s greatest musical import to Australia.

Jade Hurley OAM dubbed by Johnny O’Keefe as Australia’s King of Country Rock is Australia’s very own Piano Man with the unique record that every record he has released has achieved gold, platinum and double-platinum status.

See the show Saturday April 10, 8pm-10.30pm.

A taste of Ireland

A Taste of Ireland―The Irish Music and Dance Sensation returns to the Ipswich Civic Centre with a performance that is “Celtic―for this decade”.

Laugh, cry and jig into the night with a show that has entertained thousands.

Experience the performances that have brought the house down night after night around the world. Featuring acclaimed Irish dancers, dazzling folk musicians and contemporary vocalists, experience the raw, rhythmic passion that is the original story of the Celtic motherland.

With revamped classics like Danny Boy and Tell Me Ma, the show’s live, energetic blend of well-known tunes, jaw-dropping acapella tap battles, world-class dancing, melodic folk music mash-ups and craic galore transports you through the story of Ireland’s tumultuous history, complimented by stunning production and lighting.

Including beautiful scenic visuals, glitz, glamour and poetic narration, A Taste of Ireland combines toe-tapping rhythms with heart-warming emotion to create a contemporary Irish dance showcase that will leave you shouting for more.

Starring dancers from the West End’s Lord of the Dance, Riverdance, and Gaelforce Dance alongside a treasure trove of Irish Dancing World Champions, A Taste of Ireland delivers the very best talent in the nation.

See the show Friday April 23, 7.30pm-9.30pm.

Liza Meets Bassey starring Monique Montez

Liza Meets Bassey - Ipswich Civic Centre - 24 Apr 2021

Liza meets Bassey is a sensational show consisting of the iconic tunes of two living legends Dame Shirley Bassey and the incomparable Liza Minnelli.

Monique Montez will sing you through their most famous hits, with a tale of two to be shared along the way. Channeling these amazing artists, you will be moved by her passionate, fun and cheeky portrayal.

Backed by a brilliant live band, this performance is not to missed!

*Tickets to the show include a delicious 2-course meal.

See the show Saturday April 24 7pm-10pm.

The Owl and the Pussycat

If you’re in town with the family during Flavours of Ipswich – the classic children’s story The Owl and the Pussycat will be bought to life on the Ipswich Civic Centre Stage.

See the show on Wednesday April 14 from 6pm-7pm.

If you’re making a night of it and need somewhere to stay check out our accommodation page.

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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