SNOWFLAKES will again rain down on Stanthorpe during this year’s popular winter festival in the beautiful Granite Belt region.
‘Snowflakes in Stanthorpe’ organisers have announced that the winter celebrations will this year take place from June 30 to July 2. Situated in the famed Southern Queensland Country and regarded as Queensland’s coldest town, Stanthorpe boasts its wine industry and winter popularity as some of its greatest attributes.
Inspired by an extremely successful event last year, organisers have added extra attractions and activities for children and adults of all ages. Snowflakes in Stanthorpe president, Brett Boatfield, is encouraging visitors to brave the cold for what is sure to be the biggest winter event in south-east Queensland.
“Snowflakes was a great success last year, and we are keen and excited to go again this year,” he said.
“As well as all the activities from last year, 2017 promises to be bigger and better. On the Saturday, we will have extra snow globes, jumping castles, a climbing wall, snowflakes merchandise and a bigger ice skating rink. The snowfield will have an area set aside for the little snow bunnies so they can play in the snow without the snowball bombardment.”
Organisers have added an extra twist to this year’s event, with a more Italian feel highlighting the culture and history of the Granite Belt region. The winter markets including regional food and wine are sure to accommodate all different tastes.
“How good does a glass of Granite Belt red sound whilst rugging up in the cold?” Brett Boatfield asks.
The festival spans three epic days, with the opening event taking place in the main street of Stanthorpe with food, wine and artisan stalls showcasing the best of the Granite Belt region.
Included in the Friday program are family and children’s activities, a parade with ‘characters’ where children can join in; whip-cracking, ice-sculpting and other ‘cool’ activities to make for a fun day.
The ‘snowgrounds’ within the Stanthorpe showgrounds will host the Saturday and Sunday. There will be plenty of snow and entertainment both days and the markets will be open until 2pm Sunday. A big breakfast will be available on Sunday morning along with the Ice Man Challenge. The ice skating rink will operate from Thursday to Sunday, finishing with a blue light ice skating disco.
Organisers are inviting everyone to come to the coolest town in Queensland and join in the winter celebrations. Accommodation fills up quickly so visitors are encouraged to book early.
All details can be found on the official website: www.snowflakesinstanthorpe.com.au, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Costs: Saturday: Adult $15, Concession $10, Youth $5; Sunday: Adult $5, Youth $2; Ice Skating $20 per session.
Images by Glenda Riley (Picture Patch Photography)