50 Years of the Apple & Grape Harvest Festival

Apple & Grape Harvest Festival celebrates it's 50th year in 2016, and to celebrate this, it has expanded from a 3 day event to a 10 day festival. It will be held from Friday 26 February to Sunday 6 March.

To celebrate 50 years, former Festival Queens and Young Ambassadors will participate in the Grand Parade.

The Apple & Grape Harvest Festival was voted an Iconic Queensland Event in the Q150 celebrations.


Stanthorpe is known as the coldest town in Queensland. Located 800 metres above sea level, temperatures can drop as low as minus 12 in winter; and occasionally it snows, as seen in July 2015. The region is perfect for growing some of the finest crisp Apples and Wine Grapes in Australia.

The Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is a blooming big party, celebrating the harvest of Apples and Wine Grapes.

Featured Events

The main weekend features the Gala Ball on Friday 4th March,  and the Breeze/Rebel FM Street Carnival, Channel 7 Grand Parade, The Border Post Grape Crush & Fireworks on Saturday the 5th March.

The Heritage Bank Multicultural Carnival and Wine Fiesta in the park on both Saturday and Sunday, where you can kick back in the park and enjoy live music while sipping on fine Granite Belt wines; check out the street stalls and the local art and craft markets. Entry fee for the licensed park area is $5 per person per day, children under 18 free.

Wine Masterclass

Wine connoisseurs will enjoy participating in a Wine Tasting Masterclass with champion winemaker Mike Hayes, where they will learn about some of the world`s rarest wine grape varieties and be guided through the origins, aromas and flavours of the most exotic wine styles in the world.

Open Gardens

During the week ten glorious gardens will be opened up to the public. View cool climate gardens that are very different to most gardens in Queensland.


On February 26 Stanthorpe hosts the first ever Australian National Busking Championships™ - South East Queensland Regional Finals. Buskers are invited to vie for a pool of over $5000 in prize money. 

Feast of Sounds

The same day, Feast of Sounds features an afternoon of music, bringing traditions from around the globe to the Granite Belt. From Tibetan throat singing to the sacred strains of Gregorian chant and the tradition infused dub of modern Indigenous beats from OKA, Feast of Sounds offers a full package cultural experience.


Apples feature heavily during Apple Day, with competitions in Apple Peeling and Apple Pie making.

Sport & fitness

Sports fans have golf, the That Dam Ride bike ride and the Power Tynan Mt Marlay Challenge and Fun Run to keep them occupied.

Who visits the Festival

The festival attracts thousands of visitors of all ages from all parts of Queensland and North Eastern New South Wales. There are some die hard visitors that have been coming to the festival for many years, join them. The Festival is held every 2 years and has a proven track record to please the masses time and time again.  



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