Spanning across two weekends, the first weekend of the 10-day Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is attracting more visitors every year. Read on to learn why it's an awesome weekend to be in Stanthorpe...
First weekend: Friday 25 - Sunday 27 February 2022 (OPENING WEEKEND)
Second weekend: Friday 4 - Sunday 6 March 2022 (MAIN WEEKEND)
Awesome Events to LOVE...
Awesome events including a free street party, busking championships (with entertainment filling the CBD and a winners concert for just a gold coin donation entry), open gardens, apple orchard open days and a VERY LOVED Italian Long Lunch (Keep scrolling to read more about each event).
Take Your Pick of Accommodation
Accommodation during festivals can be tricky to find, but on our opening weekend you'll easily find that motel room within walking distance, a perfect cabin in the vineyard nearby, or whatever you're seeking to book.
Friday Street Party (25 February)
Join us in the main street for the opening night Street Party.
Buskers and bands will be playing, there'll be a car display and we'll be officially kicking off the 10 days of festival fun with an opening event at 7pm. There'll be appearances by the festival mascots, Stanthorpe's town crier, festival ambassadors and we'll countdown as Ergon Energy turn on the thousands of festival lights which illuminate the length of the main street street for the rest of the festival.
Busking Championships Saturday (26 February)
There'll be free entertainment on every street corner when the busking championships take over Stanthorpe’s CBD on Saturday.
Stanthorpe is hosting the 2022 Australian National Busking Championships: South-East Queensland Finals and while it's free to wander and enjoy, you'll definitely find yourself throwing $1 "Busking Tokens" in support of the various performers. Your Busking Tokens will help decide who will perform at the Winners Concert at the end of the day, for a chance to be chosen winners in their category.
Spend the day shopping in Stanthorpe's boutiques, popping into coffee shops and all along the way encounter ever-changing entertainers at the busking stations.
Apple Orchards Open
Take the opportunity to visit organic apple orchard, Gran Elly Orchard who are opening their farm gate to visitors especially for the festival on Saturday 26 February. They invite visitors to drive through the orchard and up to the rustic, characterful packing shed to meet third-generation orchardist, Dennis Angelino.
Nicoletti Orchards are also opening their apple farm gates to the public - they are a large commercial apple farm and invite you into their farm shed and for a walk into the orchards. There's even the option to pick your own apples, but this extra experience is available only by pre-booking.
Italian Long Lunch Sunday (27 February)
SORRY TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT ARE NOW SOLD OUT
We've moved this much-loved lunch to a bigger venue this year... to fit in more to join the fun! Celebrate the Granite Belt’s Italian heritage at the Italian long lunch – Banchetto Italiano on Sunday!
It’s a sit-down traditional Italian four-course lunch accompanied by a whole afternoon of riotous fun and live entertainment.
Hilarious hosts keep the humour running all afternoon, while various dancing and live Italian music entertainment is welcomed to the stage, including some tunes that are tempting enough to bring many to the dance floor!
Traditional performances of the Italian folk dance, the Tarantella are a highlight.
Open Gardens Saturday (26 February)
The gardens around Stanthorpe are looking beautiful with all the recent rain and here's your opportunity to see private gardens - opening especially for the festival! Amongst the gardens to see is historic Braeside Homestead's gardens, typically only available for their accommodation guests, but open to all the public for the festival Open Garden days.
Seven gardens will be opening their gates for visitors and they comprise six floral/home gardens and one producer/grower garden to provide an insight into fruits and veg growers on the Granite Belt.
Looking for more events on the First Weekend?
There's also a BBQ followed by the Harvest Thanksgiving Church Service run by the combined churches of Stanthorpe on Sunday evening and all are welcome.