East Coast Wine Trail

East Coast Wine Trail
East Coast Wine Trail

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

UPDATE: Grampians Grape Escape called off

The Grampians Grape Escape, which I previewed here, is the latest Australian festival to be cancelled because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The next event will be held on May 1-2, 2021.

 "The decision has been made with great sadness but the health and safety of patrons, exhibitors, performers, partners and volunteers is of the utmost importance to the Grampians Grape Escape organisers," an event statement said. 

"The cancellation of this year’s festival is a precautionary measure to reduce potential risks in response to the current global health crisis, as well as being in line with state and federal government health advice."

One of the best - and most atmospheric - country wine and food festivals in Australia is the Grampians Grape Escape at Hall Gap in Victoria.

The latest edition of this festival of regional wine, food and music will be held over the weekend of May 2-3 with guests promised a range of taste sensations from spicy shiraz to sticky loukoumades and cheesy arancini.

There will be over 100 exhibitors offering their wares along with masterclasses and cooking demonstrations.

The music stage will feature everything from Americana blues to heavy flamenco and trop-pop. 

There will also be plenty of free activities for kids including grape stomping.

Guest presenters include Lynton Tapp, Melissa Leng, Peter Russell-Clarke and Peter Hilcke (I'll admit I have only heard of two of them), while there will also be wine materclasses, curry cooking classes and a look at whisky with Timboon Railway Shed Distillery.

The festivities run from 10am-5.30pm on both days at Halls Gap Recreation Reserve (check out the superb views).

For prices and to buy tickets visit the festival website at: http://grampiansgrapeescape.com.au/

#Images: Tony Evans 

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