Kayla Chatwin, from Kingaroy, was the winner of her round of grape stomping,managing to fill half a bottle of grape juice … participants were allowed to keep the results of all their effort

February 8, 2021

A new format helped Kingsley Grove Estate attract the biggest crowd yet to its annual grape-stomping festival held at its vineyard and cellar door near Kingaroy on Saturday.

The third annual Grape Stomp attracted between 300-500 people, according to Kingsley Grove’s co-owner Simon Berry.

In previous years, the festival has been a ticketed event, but this year it was decided to make it an Open Day for the public, with a gold coin donation at the door.

Also new this year, was the markets featuring about 20 South Burnett stall-holders selling everything from scented candles to pork jerky.

“I think the markets went very well and we have had positive feedback,” Simon said.

“I’m very happy about how the event went and we will be looking on building on it to make it even bigger and better next year.”

One thing that Simon is considering is tweaking the timing … next year the Grape Stomp may start a bit later, and run into the evening to avoid the heat of the day.

MISfiTZ – Rob and Clare Fitz-Herbert – provided the live music while people stomped, enjoyed wood-fired pizza or simply tasted wine samples at the cellar door.

All the usual COVID safe requirements were in place, including QR codes in the car park.

Another round of grape-stomping gets under way … the best stompers managed to fill their bottles on the day
Kingsley Grove’s Jo Berry and Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington were stomping side-by-side . . . and seemed relieved when their time was up!

Kingsley Grove put Deb to work …

… and the result was about one-third of a bottle
Simon Berry was working the wood-fired pizza oven
Visitors enjoyed a break from the sun under marquees erected in the grounds
Rob and Clare Fitz-Herbert with Cr Kirstie Schumacher, centre
Thomas Bredhauer, 12, and Amanda Dunstan were selling pork jerky and pork floss on the Aussie Pork Suppliers’ stall
Two lines of market stall were erected near the cellar door … an innovation for the 2021 Grape Stomp

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Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables

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