Where to find a fabulous food festival in March

It’s food festival time in Queensland! Time to pop into the car and head out to discover delicious local produce and regional fun.

Here’s where to go in March.

Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival – February 23 to March 4

Apple pies and grape crushing, wine master classes and Italian dinners are all on the program for Australia’s leading harvest festival at Stanthorpe.

It’s all about celebrating nature’s bounty at the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, a biennial celebration of the Granite Belt region’s produce and booming wine industry.

The main festival weekend on March 3 and 4 will see Stanthorpe’s Weeroona Park filled with the region’s edible and drinkable wealth. Often straight from the paddock to the plate, it’s food lovers delight with entertainment to match.

Stanthorpe is in the heart of the Granite Belt Wine Region, on the New England Highway just north of the New South Wales border, less than three hours’ drive from Brisbane.

For a full program visit appleandgrape.org.

South Burnett Wine and Food in the Park – March 10

Sample great wines from the South Burnett’s award-winning wineries and enjoy live music and street entertainers at Memorial Park in Kingaroy right in the heart of this emerging wine region from 12 noon to 8 pm.

The food court will be the place to find everything from authentic Asian stir fries through to zesty Hungarian laugos. Expect exotic Spanish and Italian foods through to tangy wood-fired pizzas along with sweet and savoury French-style crepes, Turkish kebabs and gozlemes.

Street performers will liven up the afternoon’s entertainment while children and their parents will be pleased by the selection of amusement rides.

See the full program at winefood.southburnett.com.au.

Feast of the Senses – March 22 to 27

Enjoy a ten-day program with food stalls, farm trails, cooking demonstrations and competitions, a market day in Innisfail’s CBD and gala dinners with a tropical and exotic twist showcasing the fruits, seafood and meat of the region.

The Market Day Extravaganza fills up Edith Street in the middle of the Innisfail CBD area leading down to the Johnstone River. Don’t miss the chance to walk around and admire Innisfail’s concentration of stunning Art Deco buildings.

Other festival events will be held in Mission Beach and surrounds, Mena Creek and the Cane Cutter Way and in Innisfail on the Johnstone River.

Get all the details at feastofthesenses.com.au.

Kenilworth Food Fest – March 31

Spend your Easter Saturday eating up big at the Kenilworth Cheese, Wine and Food Festival right in the heart of Kenilworth next to t Expect cooking demonstrations and food tastings for the adults and a Cheester Egg Hunt, flavoured yoghurt and ice cream for kids. Entry is free, and the festival starts at 7 am.

More information at kenilworthfoodfest.org.au.