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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Balloon Fiesta Nighttime Spectacular, Canberra

balloon in darkness

This was the first time the Canberra Balloon Fiesta had held a Nighttime Spectacular. We joined the crowds at Manuka Oval on Saturday evening. Organisers were overwhelmed by the response, an estimated attendance of 7,500 when they'd only anticipated 3,500.

sausage in a roll
Two bbq sausages in a roll $6.00

But first, a snack to tide us over. We queued for twenty minutes for our barbecued sausages in a roll, which I drenched generously with every sauce available: tomato, mustard and barbecue.

hot air balloons dusk

And then the show. The balloons were slowly inflated, rising from their wrinkled slumber for a rave party complete with choreographed synchronised gas blasts set to music.

hot air balloons night

light sabres
Young fans with light sabres

hot air balloon

three flames

 monsters inc
The Monsters Inc balloon looks hungry

fireworks two
Fireworks finale

fireworks three

fireworks final

The Canberra Balloon Fiesta happens annually in March/April. The 2007 Nighttime Spectacular took place on Saturday 14 April 2007.

Next post:
Dinner at Le Rendezvous, Manuka

Related GrabYourFork posts:
Canberra Road Trip Part 1: Berrima
Canberra Road Trip Part 2: Canberra
Canberra Road Trip Part 3: Balloon Fiesta Nighttime Spectacular
Canberra Road Trip Part 4: Dinner at Les Rendezvous, Manuka
Canberra Road Trip Part 5: Balloon Fiesta at dawn, Old Parliament House
Canberra Road Trip Part 6: Breakfast at The Pancake Parlour, Civic
Canberra Road Trip Part 7: Lunch at Lynwood Cafe, Collector
2 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Anonymous on 4/18/2007 10:54:00 pm


  • At 4/27/2007 12:08 am, Blogger case-in-point said…

    such excellent photos!

    night time photography has always been challenging to me...I still don't know how you took photo 6 - with only one ballon in the back lit up and everything else remaining dark

    anyway, I'm glad to find out about the ballon fiesta. Thanks!

  • At 4/27/2007 1:03 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi case_in_point - Thanks :) Night time photography is hard. I was using a tripod on the night (essential really). Photo 6 was easy - only that balloon was lit up at the time. They were alternating jet blasts in time to music.

    Glad you enjoyed the post!


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