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Former Miss Universe Australia Rachael Finch launches Floriade last week.
Picture: Elesa Lee
First time at Floriade for Finch
FOOD and flowers are the perfect
combination, according to former Miss
Universe Australia Rachael Finch.
As she helped launch Floriade on
Friday, the event ambassador said she
could relate to this year's food-inspired
theme, A Feast for the Senses.
The former grand finalist on Cel-
ebrity MasterChef said she was a big
lover of food.
"I love creative cooking and I've
grown up on fruit and vegie farms with
the appreciation of fresh produce," she
"I think any woman would be crazy
not to love fresh flowers, so I think
combining the two for this event is
"This will be a whole month of food
inspired fun, set amongst the most
beautiful gardens in the world, and I
can't wait to get my teeth into it."
For her first time at Floriade, Finch
stepped out in a dress made entirely of
rose petals, created by Australian
Capital Tourism's Susie Dunn.
The horticultural programs coordi-
nator spent about six hours during the
early hours of the morning using floral
adhesive to assemble the dress, which
Finch described as gorgeous.
"I've travelled right across the globe
for fashion and I've never seen
anything quite like this before," she
"I didn't have to wear my perfume
Last year during Floriade more than
470,000 people came through the gates
and the event contributed about
$27 million to the capital's
It is estimated that about
130,000 people travelled to
Canberra for Floriade from interstate
or overseas. Tourism Minister Andrew
Barr said he hoped the 24th Floriade
would be the biggest and best yet.
"This year's theme is A Feast for the
Senses. Throughout the month visitors
will be able to see this reflected in
garden beds and in some of the new
highlights for this year's program," he
"As always there will be something
for everyone at Floriade this year."
The Floriade gates opened on
Saturday and will remain open until
Sunday, October 16.
This year's highlights include From
the Pantry cooking demonstrations,
performances from the ANU school of
Music and drumming ensemble Tai-
koz, as well as regular favourites
Lindeman's Open Garden and Garnier
Nightfest will also return from
September 28 until October 2, featur-
ing films, music and comedy acts.
For more information, visit
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