The Grampians Grape Escape will celebrate 21 years of fine food and wine
indulgence with a bumper festival planned for May 5 and 6 at Halls Gap Village
A record crowd of 8,000 people are expected to attend the two-day spread of
magnificent local food and wine on show by 100 of Western Victoria’s finest
Foodies will be treated to wine, beer, olive and lavender products, ice-cream,
preserves, gourmet sausages and pies, cookies, cakes and gluten-free food; as well
as lentils, fresh fruit and berries and organic produce, yabbies, duck, venison,
turkey, beef, lamb, pork honey, teas and herbs.
Celebrity chef Adrian Richardson will draw the crowds to his twice-daily cooking
demonstrations in the main marquee and former Hamilton
lad-gone-global-butcher-and-cook Lee Christmas will be guest chef in the
Grampians Produce Group tent.
Melbourne performer Monique Brumby will delight the crowd on Sunday and
popular Hamilton band Buddha in a Chocolate Box will play both days. Other
weekend highlights will include the Grampians Winemakers Inc’s Barrique Auction
and Festival Dinner, and Grampians Produce’s Culinary Challenge and Junior
Cupcake Competition featuring 2011 Junior Masterchef runner-up Jack Lark.
There’ll also be other hands-on children’s cooking activities like the Bubble Muffin
Kids Cooking Club.
Festival Director David Wheaton said the Grampians Grape Escape continued to
grow and meet the needs of local and visiting foodies and families.
“Producers in the Grampians Pyrenees continue to be strong leaders in unique,
diverse and inspiring produce,” Mr Wheaton said.
“With home-crafted and organic produce in popular demand these days, we are
excited to offer this quality experience in the heart of the Grampians National Park.
Tickets are available now online. For further information go to