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.