Just a 3-hour drive from Melbourne, the Grampians Grape Escape Festival is the perfect escape to flee the city for the weekend and celebrate the bounty of local talent and produce at the longest-running food, wine and music festival in Australia.
Over the course of the weekend, over 120 producers of artisan food and wine will exhibit their finest. It’s worth mapping out your must-try stalls and making a beeline straight there once you arrive. We also recommend arriving with a hefty appetite, as once you work your way through the stalls, there’s still the food trucks to consider. The Crepe Man, Forge Pizzeria and That Arancini Guy, amongst a stack of others, will be parked for the duration of the festival.
Guest chefs and culinary celebrities will also be getting amongst the Grape Escapers for masterclasses and cooking demonstrations. Paul West (River Cottage Australia), Matt Sinclair (The Cooks Pantry) and a selection of MasterChef contestants will tackle local produce and teach visitors a thing or two about re-creating their masterpieces at home.
Also, prestigious winemakers from the Grampians, Pyrenees and Henty are signed on to show festival-goers a thing or two about the unique character of Victorian wines. Fratin Brothers Vineyard, Mount Staplyton Wines and St Ignatius Winery are among the winemakers exhibiting, while Kilderkin Distillery, Flying Brick Cider Co. and Timboon will be playing in the beer, cider and spirits field.
The good vibes will be kept high thanks to some talented local music acts playing all day long. The program also features kids activities fit for budding foodies who want to get in on the action.
Tickets will set you back between $30 for day and $110 for weekend passes, or $390 – $670 for accommodation passes as well. For more information and to book, head to the Grape Escape website.