Jennie Zuemer and Margie Quirk are the driving force for Flood Fest.
Jennie Zuemer and Margie Quirk are the driving force for Flood Fest. Blainey Woodham

Crowd floods in for fiesta

TWEED’S Flood Fest is only seven days away.

The Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal will receive a boost from 1000 people expected at Plantation House, Duranbah next Saturday, February 19.

Event organiser Jenny Zuemer, from Invitation Cuisine, said a lot of work had been done and momentum had “snowballed”.

“I was watching the floods on TV and couldn’t help but be affected,” Ms Zuemer said.

“I thought, we’ve got the facilities, we can do it, we’re going to do it and, after putting it on Facebook, we received interest from about 800 people in 24 hours who said ‘What a great idea’.

“It pretty much went viral.”

Ms Zuemer said the amount of interest from local business had been “extraordinary”, and there would be “lots of great auctions on the night”.

She said Tweed Party House, Madura Tea, Tropical Fruit World and Currumbin Sanctuary, to name a few, were offering vital support.

“Not every-one can take a shovel and broom up to Brisbane, so I think this is very important for the locals,” she said.

“I’ve never done anything as big as this but I’ve been doing events at Plantation House for about 10 years.”

The event will feature well known musician Paul Ensbey, Steve Anthony and Ms Zuemer’s daughter Alice, who will rove around the house posing as buskers and will take donations from the traditional hat on the ground. There will also be a mini-fashion parade and popular band Fat Albert.

Ms Zuemer said she could not have organised the Flood Fest without the support of long-time friend Margie Quirk, who had been involved with events such as Wintersun.

“Everyone’s jumped on board with generous offers,” she said.

Call (02) 6674 2808 for details.



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