TEQ Grant

  Jane Kerridge and Greg Thouard are excited about funding for the 2018 Apple and Grape festival.

 

Jane Kerridge and Greg Thouard are excited about funding for the 2018 Apple and Grape festival.

THE Apple and Grape Harvest Festival has secured $40,000 in funding from Tourism and Events Queensland.

Festival president Greg Thouard said the funding - obtained in the latest round of the Queensland Destination Events Program - would go towards quality offerings at next year's festival.

Mr Thouard said the grant would help the festival committee to promote the 2018 event across Queensland, Australia and overseas.

"We're grateful for the ongoing support of TEQ, which also assisted with funding for the 2014 and 2016 festivals,” Mr Thouard said.

"Through its continuing assistance, TEQ has recognised the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival as a significant event on the local and state tourism calendar and a vital contributor to the Stanthorpe economy.

"The funding will ensure that the festival continues to play a central role in promoting local tourism.”

Mr Thouard said confirmation of the funding would allow the committee to further advance with planning for the 2018 festival, which will see the return of popular festival events such as the Multicultural Music Festival and an unequalled program of quality entertainment as well as new activities.

The Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is one of 13 events which will share a total of $245,000 through the latest round of QDEP funding.

Minister Jones said events like this generate significant economic and social value for the region, influence holiday decision-making and bring people together to celebrate Queensland's unforgettable experiences.

"Events help bring people together to celebrate Queensland's unforgettable experiences, and capture the character of our diverse regions,” she said.

Apple and Grape volunteer Jane Kerridge, who worked to secure the grant, said it meant a lot to her to help nurture the festival's future.

The 2018 Apple and Grape Harvest Festival will run from February 23 to March 4.

Courtesy of The Stanthorpe Border Post