If you haven’t yet experienced one of Australia’s iconic events now’s the time to pencil in the 2020 Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival! This colourful extravaganza proved to be a huge success reaching almost 100K visitors over 10 days. Of course, we were there sharing the last weekend with our friend’s and growers Daniel and Toni Nicoletti, Justin and Lauren of Rose City Fruits, Col and Sonia of Rochedale Markets and Joe and Margaret of Feaston Fruit and Delicatessen at the glitzy Gala Ball. It was a fun night out and we’d like to congratulate the 2018 Apple and Grape Young Ambassador winner Bridget Campbell and all the young ambassadors who participated in raising much-needed funds to keep this amazing festival running.

The following day saw an incredible line-up of dazzling floats in the Grand Parade. Multi-cultural food stalls and award-winning Granite Belt wines reached every corner and a show-stopping performance from Australia’s music icon Wendy Matthews who wowed the crowd. Local businesses showcased fresh produce, gifts and trinkets and much more at the Market in the Mountains. Here we met first-time visitors Caroline and Ron from Ballandean’s Wood Shed Slab furniture and Decor who were chuffed to be part of the community. The display of hand-crafted Blue Gum, Silky Oak and White Cedar serving boards stopped many inquisitive visitors waiting to hear about how the couple design the unique pieces. Of course, I couldn’t resist the burger-shaped serving board; something I’ll definitely be using for our food styling. We also met the lovely Kamilaroi Indigenous Australian people and so we bought some bees wax candles, native bush essential oils and Jamworks was our last stop. The shopping was done. Congratulations to all and we’ll be back at the spectacular Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival!

Thank You Kaso Plums

Another productive season with the Kaso Plums growers story here on social media sadly comes to an end as we thank our growers for the awesome, scrumdiddlyumptious Goulburn Valley stone fruit. Skinder and Alex tell us that although Mother Nature delivered some of the hottest days recorded since 2006 reaching almost 50 degrees, the fruit flavour was unaffected. Thank you to all our greengrocers who filled their stores with many amazing varieties allowing customers an opportunity to try the different flavours, from red to yellow centred it was just too hard to choose. Personally, the red centred Black Majesty is my all-time favourite! A shout out to the wonderful Amanda who passionately supports Australian growers. Once again she waved her magic fingers and produced this delicious overnight bircher muesli topped with tasty roasted Kaso Plums. A definite must-do this Autumn! Head to the website Amanda’s Wholesome Kitchen for the recipe. Don’t despair Queensland the fruit is still in stores for a few more weeks.

That Crunch!

How appetizing are the Nicoletti Orchards Stanthorpe apples? Oh, dear I just keep crunching on them. Daniel and Tony Nicoletti appreciate and thank each and every one of you who is buying these healthy treats. If you’re a fan of Pink Lady and Granny Smiths well you’ll be excited to know it’s only 10 days away from harvest and there’s truckloads heading to a South-East Queensland fruit shop near you.

Persimmon Anticipation

You’ve probably seen on social media that Terry’s Sweet Persimmons are almost ready with double the amount this season as we anticipate the finest exotic fruits around. Did you know that you can eat a Fuyu crunchy or soft? If you like more flavour, leave it on the bench for up to 5 days until it reaches a deep orange colour and the skin softens. Try it and taste the difference.

Thanks Queensland for supporting local!