Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ekka time for Stanthorpe Apples & Wine

The countdown is on for Brisbane's EKKA as it is affectionately known. The ever-popular Stanthorpe apple display in the fresh fruit and veg. pavilion is this year being sponsored by the region's local tourist organisation.

In addition to some cash sponorship from Granite Belt Wine & Tourism Inc (GBWT), the apple growers will cut quite a dash in their smart aprons. Across the river the Granite Belt Wine Country livery has been making its mark at South Bank markets.
Leading the team of apple growers to the Ekka is Bruno Stefanon and like most locals, he's more than happy to promote his region.

Over in the wine Woolworths Fresh Food pavilion is a team of Granite Belt wineries. You can sample or purchase wine during the ten days from Ballandean Estate, Casley Mount Hutton, Golden Grove Estate, Granite Ridge Wines, Heritage Estate, Ridgemill Estate and Summit Estate Wines.
On the adjoining celebrity stage you can get another peak at the Granite Belt at 3pm on opening day when Alison Alexander showcases some fine food and wine from the region. Again at 1pm on Saturday 8th July apple grower, juice and cider maker David Sutton joins Alison on the stage.
The big push for the Stanthorpe and Granite Belt team is to promote the delights of Spring in the region which is celebrated under the Primavera banner. Primavera features three months of wine, food and cultural events, plus the delights of nature. Learn more