Grampians Grape Escape back and better than ever
Published on 27 February 2018
The Grampians Grape Escape Food and Wine Festival will return for its 27th year, showcasing the best the region has to offer in food, wine and live music.
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, Sat 5 and Sun 6 May.
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 and Henty regions, offering patrons the chance to 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 headlining acts, The Settlement and local band Orange Whip. Other artists include Coby Grant, Nicholas Charles, Stringybark McDowell and Mollycoddle, Madhouse the Band, Mitch King, Alice Skye, The Kite Machine and Grim Fawkner.
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 and more.
With a new look and feel as well as a fresh direction, ticket sales are travelling very well for this years’ festival, Northern Grampians Shire Councillor Kevin Erwin, who also serves as Chairman of the Grampians Grape Escape board said.
“Grampians Tourism have received some really exciting data recently showing a 10% growth in visitation to the region on the year prior. Events such as Grampians Grape Escape play a major role in not only driving tourists to town for that weekend but also generating repeat visitation,” Cr Erwin said.
“This activity helps support our local producers, wineries, businesses and the regional economy. It’s fantastic to see ticket sales going so well this year, particularly for the family owned and local businesses exhibiting,” he said.