STREET PARTY: Thousands flocked to Palmerin St for the Suitcase Rummage at Jumpers and Jazz in July.
STREET PARTY: Thousands flocked to Palmerin St for the Suitcase Rummage at Jumpers and Jazz in July. Elyse Wurm

'It's the best and biggest I've seen it'

THIS year's Jumpers and Jazz festival has been dubbed the biggest and best yet with thousands of people flocking to Warwick for the finale weekend.

Warwick residents have been amazed by the turn out at events, including the Stroll & Swing, Suitcase Rummage and Celebration of Local Flavours that took over Palmerin St on Saturday.

Resident Luitha Pike said this year's festival had been the biggest she'd experienced.

"When you saw the amount of people around on Saturday, (you can see) the organisers have gone to extra trouble this year," she said.

The Celebration of Local Flavours was a new addition to the program this year, which enabled producers from around the region to showcase their goods.

Former Masterchef contestants Mimi Baines and Sam Goodwin also made the trip to Warwick to share three recipes using Montague jazz apples from Stanthorpe, Wickham Farms potatoes and Canning Downs beef.

Former Masterchef contestants Sam Goodwin (pictured) and Mimi Baines cooked some apple crumble waffles at the Celebration of Local Flavours for Jumpers and Jazz in July.
Former Masterchef contestants Sam Goodwin (pictured) and Mimi Baines cooked some apple crumble waffles at the Celebration of Local Flavours for Jumpers and Jazz in July. Elyse Wurm

Mr Goodwin praised the quality of the produce and the festival for connecting consumers with producers.

"It's being able to put a story behind it and meet the producers," he said.

"Even the kids are getting out and getting involved, it helps to educate them and when you know how to cook you eat better," he said.

Jumpers and Jazz in July Inc committee chairman Dan Noble estimated about 15,000-17,000 people attended the events on Saturday.

Visitors travelled from as far as Melbourne and Sydney to take part.

"I think the biggest thing that makes the festival successful is how the community gets behind it," Mr Noble said.

"It's always had the potential to get those numbers and keep growing so it's good to see that."

Resident Roz Keim said the festival was bigger than she'd seen it, which was good for the community.

"I think it's absolutely fantastic for the town, it shows all the vibrancy and atmosphere," she said.

"Nothing has been too expensive so you can go every day."

The festival wrapped up yesterday with Picnic in the Park and Potter's Craft Market at Leslie Park.


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