Grampians Grape Escape

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A packed food and wine festival takes over the rugged Grampians region of Victoria

UPDATE 18/03/2020: The Grampians Grape Escape has been cancelled following COVID-19 public health concerns. The festival will return in 2021 on May 1 and 2. 

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.

This festival 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 more than 25 years ago. This celebration of quality food and wine spills over a weekend-long event, held during the first weekend of May in Halls Gap.

Grape Escapers get access to masterclasses, demonstrations and workshops. Expect to gain knowledge from 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 live sets from a broad mix of musicians from rockgrass and Americana blues to heavy flamenco and trop-pop. Kids of all ages will be entertained in the festival village while parents kick back and sample vinos, with craft workshops and activities to inspire our littlest foodies. 

Each year draws some notable names in the food and hospo biz, so keep an eye out on the Facebook page as the 2020 program is gradually released. 

Tickets start at $30 for a single day and $70 for the weekend, with additional costs for tasting tickets that score you unlimited tastings. Kids are a flat $15, free for under fives.

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