Grampians Grape Escape

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Grampians Grape Escape
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Celebrity chef Adam Liaw headlines a packed food and wine event in the Grampians region of Victoria

Situated three hours north-west of Melbourne past Ballarat is the dazzling Grampians National Park. It’s here you’ll find one of Victoria’s longest running food and wine festivals, the Grampians Grape Escape.

The Grampians Grape Escape gives foodies, families and international visitors the opportunity to drink and graze their way through the offerings of more than 100 of Western Victoria’s purveyors of wine, fine food and produce.

The festival has grown remarkably since its inception 25 years ago. With the inclusion of partnered events run throughout April, the festival is now a month long celebration of quality food and wine which culminates in a weekend event, held during the first weekend of May in Halls Gap.

This year, special guest Adam Liaw will act as the festival's lead chef and conduct cooking demonstrations over the festival weekend. He'll be joined by culinary dessert queen Kate Ferguson, who recently took out first place in Channel 7's Zumbo's Just Desserts.

Grape Escapers will also get master classes with local chefs and wine appreciation classes with local vintners, while connoisseurs will bid for the best Shiraz from the Grampians region in the hotly contested Barrique Auction.

Punters can settle in for a few live sets from bluegrass band The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Deline Briscoe, William Crighton and more, while the little ones can pet native animals, paint a boomerang, stomp grapes and become pros at potting herbs. On Sunday, kids activities include pasta making, chef's hat decorating and a rock climbing wall. 

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