With the 2018 Apple and Grape Harvest Festival now less than three months away, the ten-day program is being locked in. 

From February 23 to March 4, Stanthorpe and district will celebrate local food and wine with a busy calendar of events and entertainment, with the theme “Stanthorpe Food and Wine – It’s Divine!”. 

Events confirmed include: 

  • Festival opening night (Friday, February 23) featuring the turning on of the lights and music by the String Family; 
  • Busking Stanthorpe (Saturday, February 24) featuring the South East Queensland Regional Finals of the Australian Busking Championships, hosted by Stanthorpe Rotary; 
  • Bowls Carnival at The Summit Bowls Club (Saturday, February 24); 
  • Apple & Grape Open Gardens (February 24-25;  Wednesday, February 28; Friday,  March 2; Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4); 
  • “Banchetto Italiano: Celebrating Italian Culture on the Granite Belt”, (Sunday, February 25), an afternoon filled with food, wine, fun and entertainment (Tickets now on sale at Maddie’s Gift Gallery); 
  • Combined Churches Harvest Thanksgiving Service (Sunday, February 25); 
  • Food and wine events, cooking demonstrations  with guest chefs and music in the main street and Farley Piazza throughout the week. 
  • Eight wine master classes conducted by Australian Winemaker  of the Year Mike Hayes; 
  • Seniors Concert at the Stanthorpe Civic Centre (Tuesday, February 27); 
  • Brass, Pipes, Swing, String and Sing, featuring the Stanthorpe Brass, Pipe and Swing Bands, String Family and Stanthorpe Choir  (Tuesday, February 27); 
  • RSL Golf Day (Wednesday, February 28); 
  • Ergon Energy Decorated Windows Competition(Wednesday, February 28); 
  • Apple and Grape Harvest Festival Golf Carnival, Stanthorpe Golf Club (Thursday, March 1); 
  • Festival Cocktail Party and Gala Ball (Friday, March 2). 

Thursday, March 1 has been designated as Apple Day and Friday, March 2, as Grape Day, which will include grape crushing in Farley Piazza. 

The festival culminates in the main weekend on March 3-4, featuring the street carnival with roving entertainment and stalls, defence forces displays, youth entertainment and marching bands displays; Mt Marlay Fun Run,  Channel 7 Grand Parade and Queensland Grape Crushing Championships. 

The Multicultural Music Festival and Wine Fiesta in Weeroona Park on March 3-4 will offer the best of local wines, foods from around the world, and non-stop music until 9pm. 
Performances in Weeroona Park will include Italian, Korean Brazilian, and Aboriginal performers, as well as a host of local and visiting entertainers. 

Photo by Maja Petric on Unsplash.