Grape fun at Stanthorpe

Ten-day festival celebrates Granite Belt apple and grape bounty.

Foot-stomping, grape-crushing fun returns to Queensland’s Granite Belt next year at the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival.

The festival has been held since 1966, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors from across Australia to celebrate the bounty of the apple harvest and the wine region's grape crushing.

Festival President Russell Wantling said the 10-day celebration was held every two years.

“The last one feels a lifetime ago because we were the last festival held in Australia before we were all suddenly introduced to COVID restrictions," Mr Wantling said.

“Thankfully, there's no stopping the stars of our festival – the apples and grapes and while they are out there busily budding and bursting this spring, we are busy at work pulling together the 10-day festival.

"We've come through drought and fire in recent history and it's left our little town stronger and prouder than ever.

"In 2022, Stanthorpe celebrates a huge milestone marking 150 years since Stanthorpe was founded, so you can be sure we're putting on a festival celebration befitting the occasion."

This year’s festival will offer membership to the newly formed Apple and Grape Club.

"We've opened up a $30 membership and to thank our loyal fans, we're giving them back $50 of value in tickets and bonuses straight up," Mr Wantling said.

Highlights of the festival program, from 25 February-6 March 2022, include the Grape Crush Championships, Food and Wine Fiesta, Grand Parade, Street Carnival, Apple and Grape Gala Ball, Apple Peeling and Apple Pie competitions, Orchard Tours, Meet the Winemaker Events and more.

Stanthorpe is 2.5 hours’ drive from Brisbane, three hours from the Gold Coast or Byron Bay and two hours from Toowoomba.  

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