Queensland Country Bank backs Apple and Grape

Queensland Country Bank Branch Manager, Alan Cameron, with Apple and Grape Festival President, Russell Wantling.

By Dominique Tassell

In an exciting development for the Apple and Grape Festival, Queensland Country Bank has come on board as a gold sponsor.

Queensland Country Bank, in their first-ever time sponsoring the festival, will be sponsoring the three-day Food & Wine Fiesta in Weeroona Park.

Queensland Country Bank Branch Manager, Alan Cameron, says he and his team were delighted to be able to support the event as naming rights sponsor of the Food & Wine Fiesta to be held from 4 to 6 March 2022.

“The Apple & Grape Harvest Festival is an iconic event that brings close to hundreds of thousands of people to our region and puts Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt on the map, so if we can contribute to that in some way and make it even more successful, we want to be part of that,” he says.

“Queensland Country Bank is member-owned which means we’re able to put people ahead of profits and support our local community through grants and sponsorships.

“We’ve been here for a long time and very much part of the community, and our staff are looking forward to being onsite at the Food & Wine Fiesta and playing our part in giving back to our local community.”

Apple and Grape festival president, Russell Wantling, says that “it’s fantastic to have a local branch put support behind the festival”.

“Everything the festival brings to the region supports our community,” he says. “So by having Queensland Country Bank on board, it shows how important the local community is to them.”

Russell says that as a thank you, the board have decided to leave the club membership open until 30 November.

“Once the 30th November is up, though, that’s it,” he says.

“I encourage residents of the Southern Downs to purchase their club membership by going to our website.

“Tickets go on sale really soon, and if you want to be first in for some of the events that sell out quickly like Banquetto Italiano, then being a club member will guarantee you the first chance at tickets for those events.”

Russell extended his thanks to the Queensland Country Bank team, saying “Allan and the team have gone to considerable lengths to accommodate everything we have asked for and we couldn’t be more thankful”.

The Apple and Grape Festival membership gives holders $50 value for the price of just $30.

Membership holders will receive a 3-Day Pass for the Queensland Country Bank Food & Wine Fiesta valued at $45, a free stemless picnic ‘glass’, and access to early release tickets.

Russell says with only 15 weeks until we welcome the 2022 Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, “it is all system go for the hardworking management committee”.