Head to the Grampians for mountains of food and wine

LOVE a good drop?

Well, if you’re quick enough you can win your weight in wine at one of the umbrella events for the Grampians Grape Escape (GGE).

This year’s main event will be held on the Halls Gap oval on May 3-4 and surrounding these dates there will be a number of other encounters showcasing the region’s food and wine.

Festival director David Wheaton said on the eve of the festivities of the GGE, the Royal Mail Hotel’s executive chef Robin Wickens will flaunt the region’s finest produce at the Annual Grampians Produce Dinner. 

“Guests will be served a sumptuous dinner accompanied by exceptional wines at The Country Plaza, Halls Gap,” Mr Wheaton said. 

The Seriously Shiraz event on April 24 will feature wineries from across the Grampians taking up residency in Ballarat at Mitchell Harris Wines.

At the Pyrenees Wine Run on May 25 wine lovers will have the chance to race Olympian Steve Moneghetti.

If successful, the runner will take home their bodyweight’s worth of their favourite drop.

The GGE is Victoria’s longest running food and wine festival and the 2014 festival will feature 125 produce artisans.

The festival will also be open for the first time on Saturday night.

“The evening’s event, GGE After Dark, is a separately ticketed event where guests will enjoy a carnival- style atmosphere with live music, street performers and a selection of the festival’s most-loved food and wine exhibitors will entertain until 9pm,” Mr Wheaton said.

Out of the main festival arena there will also be a foodies’ feast on the Saturday night.

“Starry Nights and Bush Yarns held at The Gap Vineyard caters for those foodies after a three-course dinner, matched not only with local wines but humorous bush tales told by renowned bush poet Colin Driscoll,” Mr Wheaton said.

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