Buckle up for a Grape Escape
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 variety of culinary events across the region culminating in the annual Grampians Grape Escape weekend on May 5 and 6.
Grampians Grape Escape will team with chef and host of popular TV series River Cottage Australia, Paul West, and Masterchef Australia contestant and face of channel 10’s TV hit, The Cooks Pantry, Matt Sinclair, for masterclasses and cooking demonstrations.
Mr West said he had heard much about the Grampians.
“I can’t wait to get there and experiment with its renowned fresh produce and great wines,” he said.
Sinclair echoed the sentiments, adding the Grampians Grape Escape was one of the best regional food and wine festivals in the country.
The festival will star some of Australia’s most distinguished winemakers from the Grampians, Pyrenees and Henty wine regions.
It will offer patrons a chance to meet the winemakers and learn from the producers who experimented with techniques and pushed boundaries to bring award-winning wines and newly discovered products to festivalgoers.
Grampians Tourism chief executive Marc Sleeman encouraged patrons to enjoy the unparalleled experience of live music performed by local and national artists among 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 brulèe and more,” he said.
“The highly anticipated annual Grampians Winemakers Reserve Shiraz Barrique will return to give bidders the chance to take home a rare ‘taste of the Grampians’ when 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.”
Tickets for adults start at $30 and range up to $110 for the complete tasting-ticket weekend experience. Each ticket provides access to the festival village. Tasting tickets include a souvenir glass to sample wine, beer and cider until 4pm daily, plus free access to a cloakroom and winestore service.
Children up to the age of five are free of charge and others up to 18 pay $15 for the weekend. Early-bird tickets offering 15 percent discount are available until December 10.
More information is available grampiansgrapeescape.com.au. online at