Grampians Grape Escape ‘one of the best’

DISPLAY: Celebrity chef Poh Ling Yeow performs a cooking demonstration at the Grampians Grape Escape at the weekend. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIGRAMPIANS Grape Escape chairman Kevin Erwin has declared the weekend’s Grampians Grape Escape Festival as one of the best yet.
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Gallery: Visitors enjoy theGrampians Grape Escape

The 22nd annual event was on Saturday and Sunday and celebrated 150 years of winemaking in the Grampians.

Mr Erwin said he was thrilled with the event’s success.

“We’re very, very, very pleased with the outcome,’’ he said.

“We’re not sure on numbers but they look to be good.’’

Mr Erwin said ideal weather encouraged people to attend.

He said there was a larger crowd than normal on Sunday.

Mr Erwin said highlights included celebrity chef Poh Ling Yeow and festival dinners.

He said there was a great atmosphere.

“It was a real family-orientated event with plenty to do for the kids,’’ he said.

Family attractions included a rock-climbing wall, Halls Gap Zoo, Pockets the Clown, Allan the Juggler, face-painting and temporary tattoos.

Mr Erwin said people travelled from as far as Melbourne to take advantage of the food and wine festival.

“Most people enjoyed themselves,’’ he said.

“Everyone said they were really happy with the sales.

“It was probably the best one we’ve had.’’

Mr Erwin attributed a fresh take and layout at the festival as a secret to its great success this year.

“It was a good mixture of things,’’ he said.

He said the committee would focus on keeping the festival fresh and exciting in the future.

“That will be our challenge for next year,’’ he said.

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