SET UP & JUDGING FOR ORCHID EXHIBITORS: Set up from 2pm for Art, Floral Art, Photography, Creative Art, 2.30pm for Orchid & Foliage benching and 3pm for vendors. The show is open to all orchid society members. There is no registration for the show, a $5 exhibitors fee is payable, which will entitle each exhibitor to 1 (one) weekend pass for unlimited entry over the two days. Judging by STOCQ panel at 7pm.
FLORAL ART, BOTANICAL ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY: Set up from 2-5pm Friday 10th June. Entry forms and closing date for these entries are on the website. A $5 entry fee will entitle exhibitors to unlimited entry to the show over the 2 days. Many botanical art works will be available for purchase.
OTHER DISPLAYS: Extensive craft display, ‘Orchids in the home display’ and a Display with information on growing orchids in the garden.
VENDORS: 15 vendors have accepted an invitation to attend the show to provide all your orchid growing needs.
Darryl Banks Orchids
Fraser Coast Dendrobiums
Orchid Species Plus
Robert Trost Orchids
GUEST SPEAKERS: Five guest speakers will talk on a variety of subjects over the two days.
Gary Yong Gee
VENUE, DATES & TIMES: The show will be held at Lake Kawana Community Centre, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina, 4575 on Saturday & Sunday 11/12th June 2016. Opening times Saturday 8.30-4pm, Sunday 8.30-2.30pm. Entry is $5 per person per day.
ACCOMODATION: There is a variety of accommodation options on our website. We do not recommend any particular accommodation, and the list is by no means all that is available only a sample of places within 15-20 mins of the venue.
CONFERENCE DINNER: A conference dinner will be held on Saturday night, to which all orchid growers are invited to attend. Bookings can be made at any time, numbers are limited. Cost for the dinner is $55 per person. The venue is The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast, Brightwater Hotel 15 Freshwater Street, Mountain Creek. Final date for bookings & payment is 8th April 2016. Major prize winners will be presented at the dinner, and a plant auction will be held on the night.
BUS TRIPS: Bus Trips are most welcome. If your society is planning a bus, we would appreciate if you could notify us of the time and day to enable our caterers to plan for your arrival.
CATERING: Caloundra Meals on Wheels will be our caterers for the event. Morning and afternoon tea as well as light lunches will be available during the Diamond Festival. There will also be a coffee vendor on site to cater for your needs.
CHARITY SUPPORT: We are pleased to be able to offer support to Caloundra Meals on Wheels through catering for this event.
Cittamani Hospice Services will also benefit from the success of the Diamond Orchid Festival.