APPLE & GRAPE PEELING CHAMPION’s 15 YEARS UNDEFEATED!

Stanthorpe resident Kerrie Stratford will defend her title in 2020 for the ‘best apple peeler in the Granite Belt’, hoping to win the prize for longest continuous apple peel for the eight time and extending her 15 year reign as champion. Kerrie Stratford Kerrie’s 6.1 metre Granny Smith peel holds the record for the longest…

Stanthorpe resident Kerrie Stratford will defend her title in 2020 for the ‘best apple peeler in the Granite Belt’, hoping to win the prize for longest continuous apple peel for the eight time and extending her 15 year reign as champion.

 Kerry Stratford Kerrie Stratford

Kerrie’s 6.1 metre Granny Smith peel holds the record for the longest of the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival’s Apple Day and was a personal best.   Runner-up in 2018 peeled 2.7 metres.

As the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is held every two years, Kerrie has been unbeaten in this event for the past 15 years.

Apart from a brief practice run before the main event on Thursday, Kerrie does not prepare for her biennial challenge.

“I only do it for this, once every two years,” she said.

Longest apple peel competitors work against the clock, with a strict 10 minute limit to complete their peel.

Apple Day, celebrating the Granite Belt’s best known produce, also featured cooking demonstrations by Queensland College of Wine and Tourism executive chef Andrew Simpson, using local apples from Nicoletti Orchards, teamed with wine from Banca Ridge.

On Friday, attention turns to grapes, with a community grape crush in Farley Piazza from 10am and Seasonal Feast Market from 8am to 2pm.

Find out more about Apple Day 2020 on Friday 6th March 2020.

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