The new GoSee Jayco Discovery pop-top caravan is hooked up and off to Western Victoria and the 18th annual Grampians Grape Escape. The Wine and Food Festival isin Halls Gap this weekend May 2-3.
We willcamp at Lake Fyans Holiday Park near Halls Gap.
Around 6,000 visitors are expected to drink and graze their way around the makeshift food and wine village at the Halls Gap Recreation Reserve, at the base of the majestic Grampians National Park.
Exhibitors will include 90 of Western Victorias best winemakers and food producers of olives and olive oil, lavender products, lentils, fruit and berries, yabbies, gourmet sausages, organic produce, venison, turkey, ice-cream, honey, teas, preserves, herbs and gluten-free food.
Celebrity chef Ed Halmagyi will return by demand to the 2009 Festival to show-off his swift culinary skills. Foodies will be treated to two, daily cooking demonstrations by Ed, where hell show time-poor fans how to whip up a delicious meal with minimum fuss.
Celebrity chef Ed Halmagyi
Hell also work in collaboration with the regions leading chefs to present a delicious menu of fresh regional produce, complemented by fabulous Grampians wines, at the popular Festival Dinner on the Saturday night.
Event organiser, Mike DiLisio said a predicted increase in domestic travel this year made the Grampians Grape Escape the ideal destination for Victorian and interstate singles, groups and families looking for a weekend away.
Where else could you enjoy a delicious fresh yabbie burger, washed down with a glass of Victorias finest Shiraz, whilst taking in one of the worlds most magnificent mountain ranges? Mike DiLisio said.
After 18 years the Grampians Grape Escape continues to attract visitors locally and from around the world. The Festival has a high-standing reputation on the international foodie calendar and showcases the exquisite food and wine that is made right here in Western Victoria.
Main street Halls Gap
Another major draw-card of the Festival is the Grampians Winemakers Barrique Auction where wine enthusiasts and avid wine collectors feverishly contest for 300 bottles of exclusive Grampians Winemakers Shiraz. The record price to date is $15,800.
Other attractions over the two-day event include live music and performance, childrens entertainment, the Fosters Clydesdale horses and rides on the RAAF Balloon.
The Grampians Grape Escape will be open from 11am to 4.30pm each day. General admission is $5 or you can purchase a Wine Lovers Package at the gate for $25, which includes wine tasting passes, wine glass, water and entry to the event.
For more information or to book your ticket to the Festival Dinner, visit www.grampiansgrapeescape.com.au or phone Mike DiLisio on 0417 559 370.