Harvests of fun have begun

The Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is here.

By Lucy Waldron

Stained red lips, bellies full of pasta and fun around every corner. This can only mean one thing. The Apple and Grape Harvest Festival finally is here.

The streets of Stanthorpe are one sleep away from being filled with festival goers from near and far and the excitement is palpable.

Apple and Grape Committee president Russell Wantling said they were thrilled to extend a warm welcome to the 10,000 visitors flocking to the picturesque region to partake in the festivities.

“As president, it brings me immense joy to witness the influx of guests who are set to experience the unique charm and hospitality of our community,” Mr Wantling said.

Despite being an attraction that garners attention from all over Australia, it is an event that holds a special place in the hearts of locals, symbolising not only a celebration of a bountiful harvest but also a testament to resilience and a strong sense of community pride.

“From our orchards to our vineyards, the festival showcases the rich agricultural heritage that defines Stanthorpe,” Mr Wantling said.

Hidden beneath all the fun is the important benefit this event brings to the Southern Downs. It serves as a vital economic driver for the region, injecting a significant boost into local businesses and supporting livelihoods across various sectors.

Festival goers can take part in the jam-packed ten days while also supporting the community who work tirelessly to put the event together.

“As we embark on this ten-day celebration, we invite visitors to immerse themselves in the vibrant tapestry of sights, sounds, and flavours that Stanthorpe has to offer,” Mr Wantling said.

“Whether you’re a longtime resident or a first-time visitor, we are confident that the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival will leave you with cherished experiences and a deeper appreciation for our beloved community.”