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Festival set to boom

WINE, FOOD AND MUSIC: Hamilton band Buddha In A Chocolate Box will perform at the Grampians Grape Escape in May.

Communities in and around the Grampians are set to reap an autumn economic windfall when visitors pour into Halls Gap for one of the country’s biggest celebrations of regional wine production.

Official estimates are that the Grampians Grape Escape, now in its 24th year, generates a spin-off of least $3.6-million for the district every year.

The Grampians Grape Escape, on May 2 and 3, will transform the unique setting of Halls Gap recreation reserve into a wine, food and entertainment village.

Halls Gap’s population will also expand to beyond 10,000 as tourists and wine and food-lovers from across Australia  make the most of an opportunity to sample products from 35 country Victorian wineries.

This year’s Grampians Grape Escape, as part of a continuing evolution, will include a much larger musical entertainment program than in the past.

Headlining musical acts will be Australian rock and blues music icon Tex Perkins with his band the Dark Horses.

Five-piece alternative folk-rock group and Victorian festive regulars Buddha In A Chocolate Box will also be guest performers and retro outfit Rewind 80s and children entertainers The Kazoos will also perform.

Festival director David Wheaton said the event was ‘taking the next step’ this year as its reputation blossomed well beyond western Victoria.

“We have serious A Grade talent in television personality Matt Preston being involved this year. He is certainly the biggest ‘foodie’ name the festival has had in its history,” he said.

“Our star-studded musical line-up is also something we’ve developing in the last three years.

“We’re trying to give patrons every reason to get out and enjoy the festival. Every year the attendance and program has grown to the point it is now – where it’s recognised as a hallmark event in Victoria and certainly one of the bigger events in country Victoria. If it is a bright, sunny day we expect to have well over 10,000 people there this year.”


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Posted on Mar 25 2015

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