The 25th annual Grampians Grape Escape food and wine festival was officially launched in Melbourne today. The festival is a month long celebration of the Grampians region’s best gastronomic producers and winemakers that will take place in April.
To cap off the month devoted to Western Victoria’s best food and wine, the ultimate indulgence finale is the Grampians Grape Escape weekend held on Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May in Grampians National Park, Halls Gap where over 100 provedores and local producers as well as beer, wine and cider artisans will delight an expected crowd of over 10,000 wine lovers and foodies with their offerings.
Grampians Grape Escape Committee Chairperson, Cr Kevin Erwin was thrilled with the festival’s launch this morning.
“I am very excited that the Grampians Grape Escape has launched for another year. Now celebrating 25 years, the event is one of regional Australia’s longest running food and wine festivals attracting people from all over to our stunning region.
“With a series of fantastic umbrella events leading into the festival weekend such as Duck, Duck, Mousse at Steel Cutters Cottage, the Avoca River Festival, an Afternoon Soiree at the Royal Mail Hotel, Mount Stapylton’s Dinner and Pork & Pinot at Greenvale Farm, the month of April caters for everyone and will be a celebration of the best food and wine from the region,” Cr Erwin said.
Headline chef and television personality, Miguel Maestre joined Cr Erwin to launch the event.
“We are going to have a great time at the Grampians Grape Escape this year, I’m very excited to be headline chef and can’t wait to arrive in the Grampians – a spectacular part of the world and start cooking up my favourite dishes using some of the best produce in Australia.
“I encourage everyone to come along and join me on Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May when I will share some of my culinary secrets and tricks,” Mr Maestre said.
Also in attendance at the launch were several of the Grampians’ most acclaimed winemakers: Best’s Great Western who are this year celebrating 150 years of winemaking, Mount Langi Ghiran, Pierrepoint Wines, Blue Pyrenees Estate, Subrosa Wines, One Tonne Wine Co., Grampians Winemakers and Pyrenees Winemakers.
Delicious food offerings from Bagdad Fine Foods, Toscana Olives, Steel Cutters Cottage were on the menu this morning as well as a taste of what festival goers can expect in this year’s Royal Mail Hotel VIP Lounge.
In addition to entertaining cooking demonstrations over the festival weekend with Miguel Maestre will be master classes held by local chefs showcasing their talents and local vintners sharing their knowledge of wine appreciation while wine lovers can bid on the best shiraz from the Grampians region at the fiercely contested Barrique Auction, the only opportunity to purchase a renowned blend that represents the annual vintage.
Junior foodies will love all-day family fun with live music, roving entertainment and free activities such as rock climbing wall, face painting and grape stomping.
Tickets start at just $5.00 for a child’s day pass up to $199 for an indulgent VIP Weekend Package offering festival entry, free wine tasting on both days and entry to the Royal Mail Hotel VIP Lounge situated in the heart of the Festival Village.
For the ultimate culinary weekend, book your Grampians Grape Escape tickets today by visiting www.grampiansgrapeescape.com.au.