Time to frock up… it’s the Apple and Grape Harvest Ball sponsored by Granite Belt Brewery! 

The evening is a sit-down 2 course meal prepared by the award winning Chef Drew and includes the all important presentation of the hardworking 2022 Festival Young Ambassadors.

Entertainment will be from Toowoomba’s Lodi, whose music will have you heading straight to the dance floor. Joining us will also be the REDTIE party band; one of the most in demand bands in Australia. Utilising only Australia’s hottest young talents to create a dynamic band that performs everything from the 70s, 80s through to the latest hits.  They will have you grooving into the wee hours.

The MC for the evening will be the Stanthorpe-born duo of former Australian cricketer, Greg Ritchie and 4 Ingredients Author Kim McCosker.


Toowoomba Band, Lodi


About the Evening

5.45pm: Doors open
7pm: Official proceeding begin
12 midnight: Last drinks
1am: Venue closes



Apple and Grape Gala Ball MC & Special Guest

The MC for the evening will be Stanthorpe-born, former Australian cricketer, Greg Ritchie.

Ritchie said his parents grew up in Tenterfield and Wallangarra, and both are attending this year’s Apple and Grape Festival. “I’m also bringing my 10-year-old daughter,” he said.

Ritchie added, “I was Apple and Grape special guest 20 years ago and he has a lot of love for the Stanthorpe area’s magnificent wines and winters.”


About MC: Greg Richie

Greg Ritchie, affectionately known as ‘Fat Cat’, shows impeccable timing in not only his sporting career but also his speaking career. He is a cricketer who uses his past experiences to relate with his audiences, regardless of the diversity.

In 1982, Ritchie began his professional cricket career for Australia in Pakistan, being the only Australian player to score three centuries in the series. Three months later, he was dropped from the team for the Ashes series against England.

Re-joining the Ashes in 1985, Greg went on to play 30 tests, scoring a total of 1690 runs including three centuries and seven half-centuries. A year later, he retired and moved into the media side of the sport, including joining the Channel 9 commentary team and Triple M Brisbane’s breakfast show.

As recognition of his triumphant career, in 2000, Greg was named as one of the seven greatest Sheffield Shield run scorers in Queensland’s history, including the accumulation of over 6000 runs in his ten-year career.


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