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2017 Grampians Grape Escape to feature Adam Liaw

Adam Liaw

Adam Liaw

One of Victoria’s favourite food and wine festivals has teamed with one of Australia’s favourite personalities for the 26th annual Grampians Grape Escape at Halls Gap next year.
Television presenter, author and 2010 MasterChef winner Adam Liaw will headline the Grampians Grape Escape on May 6 and 7, capping off a month devoted to western Victoria’s food and wine.
The author of five cookbooks and recipient of an AACTA Award for Best Lifestyle Program for his SBS show Destination Flavour Scandinavia, has a flair for using ingredients from regions he visits to bring simple recipes to life.
He said he was excited to be part of the festival.
“I can’t wait to get to the Grampians. The region is simply stunning and what’s more, it’s renowned for amazing fresh produce, not to mention the great wine and people,” he said.
“The Grampians Grape Escape is one of the best regional food and wine festivals in the country and working my culinary magic for festival-goers will be a delight given the high quality of fresh ingredients produced in the region.”
With a focus and passion for regional tourism, business and events, enthusiastic new festival directors Kate Kirkpatrick and Vanessa Briody of Oregional Collective are also thrilled to be on board.
“Being locals, we have always been passionate about the Grampians Grape Escape. We love the amazing food, the wine and the fact that we have so much to celebrate and savour right here in the Grampians,” Ms Kirkpatrick said.
“With the event spanning over a whole month, there are plenty of opportunities for locals and visitors alike to enjoy regional produce with family and friends.
“With the festival having grown remarkably since its inception 25 years ago, joining now as event directors is so exciting for us.”
Ms Briody said the inclusion of partner events had seen the festival grow to much more than just a weekend.
“We are excited for 2017,” she said.
An expected crowd of close to 10,000 wine and food lovers will have access to the offerings of more than 100 local producers as well as beer, wine and cider artisans – in addition to cooking demonstrations with Mr Liaw throughout the festival weekend.
Master classes with district chefs showcasing their talents and regional vintners sharing their knowledge of wine appreciation are again sure to be a hit with Grape Escapers, while connoisseurs will bid for the best shiraz from the Grampians wine region in a hotly contested barrique auction.
First-release tickets for the weekend festival are on sale, offering a 10 percent discount on full ticket prices until January 1.
Tickets for partner events will also be added to the program offering early in 2017.
People keen to book early can visit website

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