Natasha Campbell (left) and Katie Toohey of Soulful Stomp Productions are hosting the Grape Stomp Festival at Warrego Wines.
Natasha Campbell (left) and Katie Toohey of Soulful Stomp Productions are hosting the Grape Stomp Festival at Warrego Wines. David Nielsen

Stomping great fun at winery

WHILE many of its attendees will know their way around a good vino, an Ipswich festival is also offering people the chance to be part of the wine-making process.

The GrapeStomp Festival will be held at Warrego Winery in Marburg on Saturday, March 5.

Organised by Soulful Stomp Production founders Kate Toohey and Natasha Campbell, the day will include grape-stomping competitions, where people in teams of four compete to see who can produce the most grape juice in the shortest time.

Ms Toohey said the grape stomp was an opportunity for people of all ages to let loose and have some fun.

Given the messy nature of the stomping, she said people were encouraged to come in gumboots and old clothes if they planned on participating.

“People are so used to things coming pre-packed in bottles or plastic containers,” Ms Toohey said.

“This is an opportunity to get down to your roots.

“It is a hands-on experience which gives people the chance to see what wine making used to be like and just how much is involved in the process.

“It is also a chance for people to visit Warrego Winery, a working winery right in our own backyard.”

The enterprising locals are the brains behind the Soulful Spring Sounds Festival, which was held in September last year and attracted about 2000 people.

Ms Toohey said the GrapeStomp Festival offered a festival with a difference and a chance to have some fun.

“We had such a positive response to Soulful Spring Sounds, which shows that it is something that people in Ipswich and the surrounding area want,” Ms Toohey said.

“There is a demand for it.”

Ms Toohey said on the day there would also be candle-making workshops, markets and a jam tent, where bands and musicians can get up and play and enjoy the vibe of the day.

Bands set to perform include a mixture of folk rock, alternative and blues bands and include Children of the Blues.

Markets will kick off from 10am, with the bands from 11am.


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