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Autumn Race Day back on track

Ballandean Estate Wines and Rotary Stanthorpe are galloping ahead with the inaugural Autumn Race Day, on hold over 2020 due to the pandemic. Queensland’s oldest family-owned and operated winery is set to host Rotary Stanthorpe’s annual charity fundraiser on Sunday 2 May 2021.

Rotary Stanthorpe’s Charity Autumn Race Day will be held at Ballandean Estate Wines, 354 Sundown Road Ballandean from midday until 530pm on Sunday 2 May 2021.

  • Ticket prices are $130 for lunch, a welcome glass of sparkling, entertainment, $4000 in “funny money” and a reserved seat.
  • A shuttle bus will be running from the town centre for just $20 return.
  • Early booking is recommended. Funds raised at Autumn Race Day will be distributed to Rotary charities.

Event ambassador and fourth-generation vigneron Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi says,

We are over the moon that COVID restrictions are lifting for events, and so grateful for Queensland’s support of the Granite Belt over the pandemic.

In December we hosted the Granite Belt’s biggest picnic of 2020, as The Merry Muster, a convoy of seven buses from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, descended on our region to boost the economy. Last week we released Grazing the Granite Belt tickets, which have all but sold out in a matter of days.

Opera in the Vineyard has raised over $1 million for charity in partnership with Rotary Club Stanthorpe. After 27 brilliant events, we are ready to shake up the format so that this premier experience can be enjoyed by all.

Autumn Race Day will combine the action, thrill and glamour of racing in the heart of the Granite Belt. We expect that this new event will establish itself a firm place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. Attendees can look forward to a thrilling festive atmosphere featuring a long lunch, raffles, fashions on the field, live music, lucky door prizes, alternative races and the chance to sample some of Queensland’s finest wines.

We are a community in recovery. This year, we will be showcasing our local performers. This will enable us to allocate much more of the event taking to Rotary charities. What’s not to love about fine wine, a three-course lunch from The Barrelroom and the chance to win?”

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