Halls Gap prepares to erupt for this year’s Grampians Grape Escape

The Grampians Grape Escape is back for 2019 this weekend, with a lineup of chefs, winemakers and musicians.

It’s one of regional Australia’s longest running food and wine festivals with over 120 stalls featuring exquisite wine, fabulous food and the opportunity to try some of the region’s renowned artisanal goods.

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The festival – last year ranked among the top 14 food and wine festivals in the world by American Express Essentials – returns to the Halls Gap Recreation Reserve and features demonstrations and workshops from chefs, restaurateurs and TV personalities such as Colin Fassnidge, Sarah Glover and Emmylou MacCarthy.

Neoen’s Bulgana Green Power Hub is presenting the event which attracts thousands into the Grampians region.

Mayor of Northern Grampians Shire Council, Cr Kevin Erwin said, “It’s very exciting to have Neoen partnering with the event.”

“There’s a really good program this year with plenty of food, wine and live music, so we’re looking forward to seeing everyone come out again to this year’s event.”

PHOTO: Grampians Grape Escape (Facebook)

Social media powerhouse Emmylou MacCarthy is one of the headliners for the event, heading to the Grampians from Melbourne to host demonstrations and workshops.

MacCarthy – none by many as Emmylou Loves – is the TV Host and Executive Producer of her TV show EMMYLOU LOVES, entering it’s third season later this month.

She is a grazing table expert who shares her day-to-day life with more than 57,000 Instagram followers, including nightly meals, fit for a family of five – one being a vegan.

The Instagram mum will be hosting a workshop on how to create a winter grazing table, as well as demonstrating three desserts for the sweet tooths.

PHOTO: emmylou_loves (Instagram)

Local band Orange Whip will be performing during the festival to accompany the food and wine.

Band member Jason Meehan told Northern Grampians Shire Council CEO
Micheal Bailey that the band is going to “rock the whole place” when they hit the stage on Saturday at 4:15pm.

“We take old songs and make them new, and we take new songs and make them old. [There’s] so many influences in Orange Whip.”

A number of other artists and bands will also be performing during the two-day event.

Tickets can be purchased HERE at a cheaper pre-purchased rate. Prices will go up slightly at the gate.