FOR more than 50 years St Lukes Anglican Church in Toowoomba's CBD has run a burger tent, food stalls and plant sale during Carnival of Flowers Week.

The burger tent in particular, set in the garden surrounds at the corner of Ruthven and Herries Sts, was very popular with carnival visitors and workers in the area who would drop in and enjoy a burger lunch in the park.

But, unfortunately, not this year.

COVID-19 has turned the world on its head with all manner of restrictions and changes but surely cancelling the St Lukes Burger Tent during Carnival of Flowers was taking it too far.

"We've provided food, coffee and drinks for over 50 years and the burger tent was very popular," explained Gordon Lee of St Lukes Parish.

"But we can't do that this year.

"We will have a coffee van, an ice cream van and a food van and there will be a few market stalls but we can't provide seating and tables.

"We do have flower display in the church as usual but visitors will have to keep moving through the church and not stop and sit down as is usually the case.

"We will have music playing in the church.

"However, our big plant sale is already going well and we will be here over the weekend."


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