A&G creates exceptional, unique, memorable experiences for all our festival visitors, with a varied and diverse program of events. Visitors get to experience the special vibe, community pride of Stanthorpe at harvest time. Stanthorpe is situated high on the Great Dividing Range. The climate produces the best apples, stone fruit and berry crops and an expanding vegetable industry. The region boasts boutique enterprises, producing unique award winning wine varieties, beer, cider, jam and vinegar.
Who are the people behind Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Harvest Festival?
Greg Thouard President; Max Hunter Vice-President along with 16 excellent Directors.
I am Lea Wilson, Secretary, new to town 1 year ago, pleased to have served this inspiring not for profit org.
What's on at the festival today – Thursday 1st March? It's Apple Day – including Apple Pie Competition & lots more apple activities. Also Wine Masterclass with 2017 Winemaker of the Year – Mike Hayes, Golf, Chalk Artist, Paddock to Plate talks & demos & LAF out LOUD local art fest.
Posted by Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival on Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Tell us something quirky or memorable about you, your team, your customer or your business
Just after the Grand Parade the iconic Stanthorpe Border Post Grape Crush starts. The main street becomes the stage for this display of gladiator style grape crushing. There are no rules the contestant who can squeeze the grapes between their toes the fastest is crowned champion. Watch out don’t stand too close or you could experience more of the Grape Crush than you bargained for. The Celebrity Grape Crush – we see a little undignified behaviour with our dignitaries followed by the Media and Young Ambassadors. Who will be the fastest to beat out their rivals?
What’s the favourite thing you love about your business?
A&G has been a volunteer organisation since inception (1966). Volunteerism is the heart of this rural celebratory event. The small committee and their community supporters just roll up their sleeves, engage fully and deliver the best event you’ll ever see to 70,000+ people. In addition to local volunteers & Youth with a Mission out of Brisbane arrive and volunteer doing all sorts of jobs cheerfully, what a wonderful world with this many good people pulling together and creating such joy for all.
What’s the company background?
The Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Harvest Festival (A&G) has stood the test of time as an icon of Queensland Festivals and is a destination event to visit not just once but many times. A premiere Food & Wine festival, it has a following in its tens of thousands. Starting out as the Stanthorpe Apple Blossom Carnival in 1954, the district looked to promote the wonderful produce grown in the Granite Belt. Its real 4-season climate is unique in Qld, its adventure-tourism potential was a doorway bursting to be opened and the aim to celebrate and promote the harvest and lifestyle of the Granite Belt.
What’s your ultimate vision for Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Harvest Festival?
For the A&G festival to continue to bring the local community together and raise awareness of the uniqueness of the Granite Belt’s produce, climate, food and wines.
A testimonial about Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Harvest Festival?
There have been many accolades received about A&G, and including these 5 star reviews on our Facebook page:
• “This is one of the best festivals I have attended. The parade was absolutely amazing.”
• “Beautiful town, lovely local people”
• I have a great time every time I go; can’t wait for 2020
More information about Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Harvest Festival
Tourism Region: QLD-Southern Queensland Country region
Industry sector: Events