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Countdown to Apple & Grape Harvest Festival 2020

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You’ve heard of counting your chickens… how about your apples and grapes? Stanthorpe is counting down the days – there are just 30 of them until the iconic Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival launches on 28 February.

The welcome mat is ready to be rolled out for a bumper 2020 event.  Mother nature’s been doing her part – it’s apple season right now on the Granite Belt, where ALL of Queensland’s apple crop is grown, and the grapes will be perfect for picking in around a month, just in time for the festivities.


The locals have been pitching in too… the farmers, the winemakers, the chefs, and the everyday folk – to prepare to share this favourite time of year with visitors.

Festival President, Max Hunter, says the festival is a much-loved tradition. “The Apple and Grape Festival has been ‘crushing it’ since 1966 – so we know how to throw a really good party.  “We’re lucky enough to live in a beautiful and fertile part of the world which produces premium quality apples and vines bearing grapes that our winemakers turn into Queensland’s leading wines – and we’re inviting everyone to help us celebrate the harvest”, he said.

From street parties, apple peeling competitions and busking in the streets to the famous antics of the barefoot grape stomp, there’s nothing quite like Apple and Grape! The festivities run over 10 days including two fun-filled weekends of entertainment. 

Festival highlights:

THE FIRST WEEKEND
Friday 28 February – Sunday 1 March

Friday 28th  February
Ergon Energy Street Party – Turning On the Festival Lights and the
Opening Gala Event.

Sunday 1st March:
• ‘That Dam Ride’ cycle event;
• ‘Banchetto Italiano’ Italian Long Lunch.

Saturday 29th February
The National Busking Championships South East Qld Final will fill the streets with music;
Apple and Grape Cup golf day  

MIDWEEK
Thursday 5 March
Apple Day:  including apple pie baking and apple jelly making competitions, apple cooking demonstrations, pairing local wines apple dishes, and the hotly contested Longest Apple Peel competition

THE SECOND WEEKEND (‘THE BIG ONE’)
Friday 6 – Sunday 8 March

Friday 6 – Sunday 8
Heritage Bank Food & Wine Fiesta – 3-days of food, wine and entertainment
Saturday 7 March
Channel 7 Grand Parade;
• the very messy Stanthorpe Border Post Queensland Grape Crush Championship!;
Southern Downs Steam Warwick to Wallangarra train journey

If you do one festival this year, make it the food, wine and fabulous fun of Stanthorpe’s Apple & Grape Harvest Festival! 

Stanthorpe is just 2.5 hours’ drive from Brisbane, 3 hours from the Gold Coast or Byron Bay and 2 hours from Toowoomba.

For Program and ticket information visit www.appleandgrape.org

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