Driving into Roma you can feel a buzz, city folk galore are pouring into the small country town to enjoy all the hospitality that Roma has to give over the four-day Easter festival. There is a distinct smell of hay and associated farm ambiance as a collection of brave souls gather to pit their wits and nous against the raw energy of a ton of angry bull. 

Walking into the local clothing store specialising in country ware it seems the need to assimilate is a powerful urge as many visitors shed their Nike and urban attire in favour of a more local flavour RM William boots are dusted off and Akubras are adorned. 

The festival starts with a massive street party where visiting chef Matt Golinsky along with the local TAFE hospitality students prepare a three-course dinner where local produce is showcased this year’s highlight being Maranoa Beef. Parking and camping at the Roma showground many of the plethora of activities are within walking distance from the camp. All tastes are catered for with activities for all ages including

Mud Derby

Drag Racing

Goat Races

Wife Carrying Races

Cooking Demonstrations

Street Stalls

Bush Poetry

Art Exhibitions

Billy Carts

Bull Riding 

Full Rodeo program

And of course, the Easter parade with many of the local community groups represented.

Roma puts on a great show for the weekend and is well worth the 6-hour drive from Brisbane. A must do festival to put on your bucket list – be warned though it may become addictive you’ll find yourself returning year after year.

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