IT’S a heavy responsibility being 75 years older than Canberra, but Queanbeyan is taking it in good part as it gears up for the big 175th birthday on Saturday September 28.The latest news is that Lorraine Kiewiet from Annie’s Cake Place is getting ready to bake the five-layered cake, which she promises will be “spectacular”.
It’s not easy to make it out by looking at the printed recipe but she assures us, “Many familiar scenes from Queanbeyan will be recreated in the cake which will be part chocolate and part fruit cake. It’s going to be a very special cake for a special town.”
Kiewiet has been behind the counter baking cakes for 52 years. Her shop in the Crawford Centre, Queanbeyan is always a trip down memory lane with many nooks and crannies, colourful ribbons and decorative pieces on display.
The cake-cutting in Ray Morton Park, Kiewiet says, will be the highlight of the day for her. On the cake board itself, she reveals, will be a list of all the mayors of Queanbeyan.
Her success as a cake maker is no secret he says—she never uses packet mixtures.
A list of events for the 175th birthday celebrations is as follows in and around Ray Morton Park and the banks of the Queanbeyan River :
• 11am – 12.30pm 175 years of transport parade led by HMAS Harman in a special Freedom of Entry march. The parade will follow Macquoid Street, the old main street of Queanbeyan
• 12.30pm – 4.30pm Multicultural Food and Dance Festival,
• 1.30pm – 2.15 Official celebrations, cutting of the cake, opening of Sensory Gardens
• All day family fun activities in including music, traditional children’s games, vintage vehicle display, bullock team, , kite-making, the iconic Melbourne Cup Trophy (part of the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour)
• 5pm – Live entertainment featuring local artists, Omar Musa, Ruby Ice and Sik n Move
• 7pm – Fireworks – The best viewing spot is in Ray Morton Park
• 7.30pm Anniversary Ball – Bicentennial Centre