WINERY BLUES: Jester Hill will be abuzz on New Year's Day with people visiting for the Rockin' the Blues celebration.
WINERY BLUES: Jester Hill will be abuzz on New Year's Day with people visiting for the Rockin' the Blues celebration. Contributed

Start the new year with Rockin' Blues event day

RECOVER from the night before, continue the celebrations or ease into the new year with music and a laid-back atmosphere at Jester Hill Wines' 2018 Granite Rockin' Blues get-together on January 1.

Ann Bourke, who owns and runs Jester Hill Wines with her husband Michael, said the 17th festival would be an ideal way to begin the year.

Mrs Bourke said the day, which was also a fundraiser for the region's Boomerang Bag scheme, was being held on a "lovely big grassed area” for the third time at the couple's winery.

"It's very much a tradition now,” she said.

"We have people ringing us all the time to make sure it's happening again.

"It's great for people who want to enjoy a nice relaxed day with good music.”

Bands will include local favourites Too Much Fun as well as Whiskey Gully and Cole Train, who will be performing and jamming from 11am-5pm.

Tickets are $25 each, with a maximum of 200 tickets to be sold, and wine, beer, soft drinks and tea or coffee available to buy.

Mrs Bourke said people were encouraged to bring their own picnics, Christmas leftovers, platters of food, picnic blankets, folding chairs, hats and sunscreen, and some marquees would be available for shade.

People can also contact her to arrange their own marquee.

This year, Mrs Bourke said the winery was hoping to raise $500 to donate to the local community-based and volunteer-driven Boomerang Bags group, which had to relocate to a new site where they needed to pay $25 a week in rent.

"We're trying to give them a percentage of our beer sales to help them continue to run their program,” she said.

"They'll be selling some bags on the day also to raise money.”

Bus transport to and from the event from Stanthorpe and surrounds can be arranged and must be paid for before the event.

Book a place

Bookings can be made by calling the Cellar Door on (07)46834380, emailing info@jesterhillwines.com.

au or by booking with www.trybooking.com/ TDEB.

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