Buckle up for a Grape Es­cape

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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

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