The Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is back in Stanthorpe from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 March. Celebrating and promoting the lifestyle of the Granite Belt, the Festival is now one of Queensland's most iconic events attracting almost 52,000 visitors every year. With fantastic multicultural entertainment, mouth-watering food and wine, art and craft markets, and lots of family friendly events, this is one festival you do not want to miss.
See below for some of the highlights of the Festival. But you should also check out the full program via the Apple & Grape Harvest Festival website to start your planning. The best thing about this festival is that there are plenty of free events so you can enjoy the Festival without breaking the bank.
The Fire & Ice Gala Ball on Friday is the grand opening event for the Festival and it's going to be big. This is perfect for night owls who love a good party. So invite your friends, get frocked up, get into the spirit of fire and ice, and head to the Stanthorpe Civic Centre from 6pm.
Upon arrival, you'll be served with an ice cold bubbly before entering the red, hot, hall. Of course, awesome entertainment throughout the evening will have you laughing, singing, dancing and having the best time of your life.
The Channel 7 Grand Parade is one spectacle not to be missed on Saturday. Come and support the businesses, schools, community groups and individuals that form the Granite Belt community. You'll be rewarded with a wonderful apple and grape themed display. It'll definitely be colourful, fun and delightful.
It's a good thing that the Multicultural Food & Wine Fiesta is on both Saturday and Sunday because it ensures that nobody misses it. With scrumptious gourmet food, award winning wine and excellent entertainment, you won't regret attending this fabulous event. Come and enjoy the effervescent atmosphere between 10am and 6pm at Weeroona Park.
Witness the Elgas Celebrity Grape Crush on Saturday at 4pm. Grape crushing may seem easy, but don't judge the book by its cover. It does require some skills and talent let me assure you. Watch as the competitors jump up and down madly trying to extract the juice into a jug. It's messy, it's fun, and it's definitely hilarious.
Make sure you don't miss out on the Fireworks Spectacular at Quart Pot Creek from 7pm. Everyone will be amazed as the dazzling colours light up the night sky. Moreover, the Laser Light Show at Post Office Square will impress anyone and everyone at 7.30pm.
Another highlight of the Festival of the festival is the Rebel FM Street Carnival on Saturday. From 9am, Maryland Street will be filled to the brim with fantastic live entertainment, more than 60 street vendors, roaming entertainers and a whole heap of celebration. With a full day of awesome music, fun, laughter and lots of freebies, you can't miss out on the event the Festival is famous for.
You can go absolutely mental at Lions Park for Rock the Creek. This event is a celebration of music for all generations. Beginning at 9am, bring your young ones along for Mock Rock so they can air guitar as much as they want. From 10am, there'll be battle of the bands competition followed by Fresh Sounds Youth Showcase so prepare yourself for the freshest musical acts around. Then starting at 6pm is a licensed concert featuring Mental as Anything and the best local acts. You'll be singing, dancing, and bobbing your head all night long to your heart's content I promise. This is also a ticketed event so grab your tickets early to avoid missing out.