Buckle up for a Grape Escape
bella - November 14th, 2017
One of Australia’s longest running food and wine festivals is set to return to the Grampians for its 27th year, in 2018.
The month-long festival will showcase the best of the Grampians, with a number of culinary events being held across the region culminating in the annual Grampians Grape Escape weekend, 5 and 6 May 2018.
This year, the Grampians Grape Escape will be teaming up with chef and host of the popular TV series River Cottage Australia, Paul West, and one of MasterChef AU’s most loved contestants and friendly face of Channel 10’s TV hit, The Cooks Pantry, Matt Sinclair for masterclasses and cooking demonstrations using the finest local, and seasonal produce.
“I’ve heard so much about the Grampians, I can’t wait to get there and experiment with its renowned fresh produce and great wines.” Mr West said.
Chef Matt Sinclair says, “The Grampians Grape Escape is one of the best regional food and wine festivals in the country and I’m really looking forward to spending time there cooking for festival goers”.
The festival will star some of Australia’s most distinguished winemakers from the Grampians, Pyrenees & Henty regions. Meet the winemakers and learn from the producers who experimented with techniques and pushed boundaries, to bring award winning wines and newly discovered products for festival goers to enjoy.
Enjoy the unparalleled experience of live music performed by local and national artists amongst the breathtaking Grampians bushland with acts such as The Settlement and local band Orange Whip.
Guests can feast their way through local culinary creations from regional producers or take a pick from the range of food trucks serving up Spanish paella, Gourmet Pizza, Croquette burgers, Crème Brule and more.
The highly anticipated annual Grampians Winemakers Reserve Shiraz Barrique will be returning to give bidders the chance to take home a rare ‘taste of the Grampians’ once the weekend is over.
Parents can enjoy a glass, or two, knowing their mini festival goers are well entertained at the festival village with native animals, boomerang painting, potting herb workshops, pasta making and plenty more.
Whether you are looking for a weekend escape or a day’s getaway, gather the troops and head down to Grampians Grape Escape to sip on the region’s signature wines, browse over 120 stalls, and embrace the unrivalled location that is the Grampians.
Adult ticket prices start at $30pp, ranging up to $110pp for the complete tasting ticket weekend experience.
Each ticket provides access to the festival village with plenty to eat, drink and do including live music, kid’s activities, cooking demonstrations and masterclasses.
Tasting tickets include a souvenir glass to sample wine, beer and cider until 4:00pm daily plus free access to the Cloakroom and Winestore service.
Children up to the age of 5 are free with kids under the age of 18 only $15 for the weekend. Early bird tickets at 15% off are available until December 10, 2017 by using code EARLYBIRD.
For more information, to buy tickets and receive updates on program announcements visit http://grampiansgrapeescape.com.au/
About Grampians Tourism
Grampians Tourism was established in 2009 and is the peak industry body for tourism in the Grampians region. It encompasses and is directly supported by Ararat Rural City, Horsham Rural City, Northern Grampians Shire, and Southern Grampians Shire.