Young Ambassador industry tour #1 and update

Part of becoming an Apple and Grape Young Ambassador is learning about industries on the Granite Belt.

Recently our Young Ambassador participated in their first industry tour. They visited Australian Vinegar, where Ian Henderson explained the process of vinegar making and tasted the product. They then headed to Ballandean Estate Winery for a tour and informative talk about winemaking with Angelo Puglisi. The day finished up at  the Barrel Room Café for a wonderful lunch.

Many thanks to Crisp Coaches for transport, and for our great and informative hosts.

Greg Thouard, President: Column from The Border Post 12 August 2015

Get ready for six months of interesting and unique ways of enjoying things to do in our community.  That’s the message from Festival co-Directors Jane McLucas, Sarina Maggiolo and Mackenzie Elliott and backed up by President Greg Thouard.  We have heard about some of the fun and innovative ways the current group of Young Ambassadors have in the pipeline for the community to enjoy.  These events plus traditional fundraising through raffles and street stalls will ensure the festival receives a healthy contribution to provide so much great entertainment throughout festival week. 

The 50th Anniversary of the festival has eight Young Ambassadors putting in a huge effort for the 2016 festival.  We welcome the return of some of the past sponsors McDonalds Family Restaurants represented by Kasey Charlton, Lions Club of Stanthorpe (Amanda McCosker) and Rotary Club of Stanthorpe (Samantha Blaxland).  Five new sponsors have joined in for this festival, Rainbow Kids (Rhiannon McPaul), Top Beat Sound and Entertainment (Natasha Gosney), Fork & Cork Café and Restaurant (Madeline Torrisi), Caltex (Nikella Carter) and Ravenscroft Wines (Lauren Kelley).  News of events that are planned can be found on Facebook pages for each of the ambassadors or through (Young Ambassadors tab).

Winter is a hard time to get people out and about to support community events and it was a bit disheartening to hear that two recently advertised events had to be cancelled.  Now that springtime is just around the corner I encourage the community to check out what’s on the Young Ambassadors events programme and use networks or groups of friends to gather and support these fun events.  The Border Post What’s On calendar is a good place to start or listen to RebelFM/TheBreeze.

And don’t forget that there are other ways to support the ambassadors such as donating goods for street stalls or other “foodie” events.     With the solid support that Granite Belt people are well known for, this great festival of entertainment and celebration will be as big as we all hope for.  I ask the community to help out to once again by supporting these community young leaders, the Festival’s eight Young Ambassadors.

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