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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | August 4, 2021

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Escape Brisbane and visit the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival

Escape Brisbane and visit the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival
Anna Kenny

Ten days of gourmet foods, award-winning wines, grape stomping, heated apple-peeling competitions and incredible live music and entertainment? Yes, please.

Only a 2.5-hour drive from Brisbane, Stanthorpe’s biennial Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is a must for lovers of food, wine and good old-fashioned fun. The festival has been ‘crushing it’ since 1966 as one of Queensland’s longest-running and most successful festivals.

Grab your fellow foodies and celebrate local farmers and grape growers through the three-day Heritage Bank Food and Wine Fiesta (6-8 March). Thanks to the recent rains enjoy the delectable eats, wines and craft beers picnic-style in Stanthorpe’s newly green pastures and parklands.

This luscious landscape has also become a backdrop to non-stop live entertainment. The festival finale weekend (6-8 March) will host a big line-up of live bands including brass bands, pipe bands and marching drum bands that thunder down the streets after the iconic Channel 7 Grand Parade. You’ll also see Australia’s #1 whip-cracking entertainer, Nathan ‘Whippy’ Griggs, and an explosive paint and light show with SoundStruck Percussion drumming. An eclectic mix of buskers and many more unmissable events will also entertain during the Rebel Breeze FM Street Carnival.

Be spontaneous and head down this weekend to see the South East QLD Finals of the Australian National Busking Championships. You’ll also catch That Dam Ride, a ride through the picturesque Granite Belt countryside for cyclists of all levels.

This year’s festival has become even more family-friendly with a new and exciting Kids Zone in Weerona Park. Kids (and parents) can enjoy cooking classes, craft workshops, stage events, a petting zoo and much more.

Stanthorpe is Queensland’s premier wine growing region and where all Queensland apples are grown. Add this festival to your calendar and get out of the city and into the countryside festivities.

What: Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival
Where: Stanthorpe, Queensland
When: 28 February to 8 March 2020
How much: Combination of free and ticketed events

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