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.