July is one of my favourite months of the year, why? Because it’s my birthday month! This year I will be 30 + GST (33) and I’m extra excited about it!
Ever since I can remember I have subjected those around me to a month long celebration celebrating yours truly. I love nothing more than lots of fun birthday adventures and extravaganzas and I thought this year it would be fun to include you too!
That’s right! This July you can enjoy the birthday fun too and this year I’m celebrating in a BIG way! Each week I will have 6 prizes to giveaway to 6 lucky readers and then to finish I have an extra big surprise to finish off my birthday month.
To enter all you need to do is answer the question associated with each product and our judges will choose our favourite answer.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday the 4th of August at 7.30pm. Feel free to enter all of the competitions as there is no limit to how many you can WIN. Happy Birthday month!
Mrs Tink x
On Sunday we took advantage of the gorgeous weather and headed out to Yandina to the Ginger Factory for some good old family fun. The Ginger Factory has been an iconic destination on the Sunshine Coast for around 40 years and is not only filled with years of history but is also a super fun day out for kids.
As soon as we arrived in the car park Master 6 squealed with delight ‘look at the TRAIN Mum, look look’ which in turn set Miss 1 off who was excited to see her brother so bouncy. Before even reaching the door we had 2 very excited kids and a great start to a day of learning and adventures.
Mr Tink and I gathered our bouncy kids and headed for the ticket stand to see what fun awaited us and quickly saw a tour of the Ginger Factory was about to start. We organized our tickets and made our way to the line up to begin our tour.
As we reached the entry we were greeted by our lovely tour guide who led us through the Ginger Factory and educated us on the process of planting and growing the ginger. It felt quite nostalgic as when she spoke we were surrounded by pictures taken just after the Second World War of the factory workers and the farmers. Seeing these images and hearing the story behind Buderim Ginger was extremely interesting and something Master 6 particularly loved – realizing ginger was not only about Ginger Men.
We then moved on to watch a short movie and see the vast selection of Ginger Products available. All products are made with Ginger grown in Queensland and exported all around the globe. Next we moved on to see the factory and the vats that contained ginger and syrup, watching each of the vats going through a different process was very interesting and made me really appreciate the work that goes into producing this beautiful product. Master 6 loved getting the inside scoop and seeing where all the magic happened. Hr was very impressed to see a ‘Real Factory!’ Miss 1 was full of energy and too young to understand but she thoroughly enjoyed running back and forward and chiming in occasionally with her two bobs worth. She is a Ginger after all!
After the tour we retreated to the taste testing room to try some beautiful products. We started with a very refreshing Ginger Cordial made with soda water which was divine. So delicious I added it to my basket to take home. We then tried a beautiful sweet biscuit with a gorgeous cheesecake spread- oh so good! Followed by some glazed ginger and then on to savoury delights starting with a lovely rice cracker and caramelized ginger onion and a delicious meatball with Barbecue Sauce and Ginger which was just beautiful!
Filled with lots of tasty treats we finished our tour and took the kids on the OverBoard Boat ride and enjoyed watching the Ginger Bread Man make his way around the world.
After our ride we had two very hungry kids who were ready for some lunch and wanted to explore the playground.
Feeling full and ready for adventure we took ourselves off to explore the gorgeous grounds that are filled with beautiful rainforests and lovely paths around the beautiful green gardens. The kids were in heaven able to run free safely, without having to hold our hands.
After a quick wander we found the quaint little boutique shops such as the Dolls Cottage which is filled with unique gifts and pretty dolls which Miss 1 was in awe of. She especially loved the 80 year old Coin Operated Kangaroo a bargain at just 40c.
We then strolled through to the Macadamia Shop which is filled with lots of yummy macadamia nuts (each flavoured in a different way) and the fudge which had that good old fashioned taste and was just delicious!
Master 6 was starting to grow restless as he could hear the steam train out the front and we knew it was time to board the train and ride around the grounds.
After our train ride we decided it was time for another tour and headed to the Bee Show. As we arrived at the Bee Show Master 6 was chatting a hundred miles an hour. Asking if they would in fact be real bees or just pretend? As the questions rolled in about real and fake bees I was excited to start the tour and have all of his questions answered and pass the reins over to a professional who knew the answers.
Our Bee Keeper at the Bee Show was especially lovely and really brought the education side to life she had a wonderful way of capturing your attention and getting you involved making every member of the audience feel included. Her enthusiasm was very contagious and she had our full undivided attention, Master 6 was in awe of her.
During her talk we heard lots of interesting facts about bees and were amazed at the honey making process and the mechanics behind it. Bees are incredible! Our special Bee Keeper then took us to where the action happened and we got to see a real live hive and its inhabitants at work. Master 6 was filled with questions and hung on the Bee Keeper’s every word and I must say even as an adult I was quite amazed at the process and what is involved in bringing honey from hive to home.
After the Bee Show we had the opportunity to taste test all the different types of honey and products something Master 6 took great delight in sampling.
With Miss 1 know ready for a sleep we did a quick shop in the gift shop leaving with some toys and of course ginger bread men and made our way to the car ready for home an afternoon kip after all the fun.
The Ginger Factory beat all our expectations and the tours were a lot of fun and each found a way of mixing education and fun. The staff are very friendly each one happy to be at work and the customer service was fantastic they really made our day.
If you’re looking for a fun family day out you must add The Ginger Factory to your list – it will guarantee fun for all ages.
To end our birthday promotions the lovely team at The Ginger Factory have given me a Family Pass (2 adults & 2 children) to share the same tour experience as we did valued at $110. To enter all you need to do is tell us why you would like to win? Our judges will choose their favorite answer and announce a winner on Tuesday the 4th of August at 7.30pm Good luck x
The Factory Tour
See how ginger is grown, harvested and turned into a delicious range of products. Then taste for yourself and discover why we produce The World’s Finest Ginger.
Experience the fascinating world of the honeybee as our beekeepers share with you the hidden secrets of the hive. Don’t forget to join us throughout the day to taste some of our sensational varieties of honey in our tasting sessions in the Ginger Shop.
Adult: $14.50, Senior: $12.50, Child: $10.50, Family: $55.00
Open daily with free admission, the iconic Ginger Factory is one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular attractions.
Enjoy educational tours, fun rides, great shopping facilities and a fantastic cafe featuring modern Australian cuisine. From the largest range of the world’s finest ginger products to tranquil gardens and walks, there is so much to discover, taste, see and do.
The Ginger Factory is the perfect year round destination.