HUGE visitor numbers, great entertainment, fundraising efforts and a celebration of regional food and wine were just some of the things people expected from the Apple & Grape festival.
From March 7-9 more than 60,000 people flocked to Weeroona Park including Apple & Grape veterans, new visitors and food and wine lovers.
Social media sites were abuzz post-event with comments highlighting the friendliness of Stanthorpe and the tremendous community spirit which allowed a town of 5000 to host a crowd 12 times the size of its capacity.
“We worked really hard to bring back the street festival and ensure there was great entertainment throughout the CBD,” entertainment director Rosey Harslett said.
“We had excellent feedback from people saying there was so much spirit and energy and I think this was largely due to the line-up organised.”
The festival’s ambassadors raised $121,622 which will be put towards the 50th anniversary festival in 2016.
Charity ambassador Taylah Wantling individually raised $36,970.
A diverse range of food and award-winning Granite Belt wines were showcased throughout the event and festival marketing director Sarah Reeves said the food and wine appreciation sessions added a positive new element to the festival.
“It was a way for visitors and locals to learn more about the delicious food and quality wines produced out of Granite Belt.”
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