Grampians Grape Escape Festival

Judith Lanigan will be part of the 'GGE After Dark' entertainment.

Judith Lanigan will be part of the 'GGE After Dark' entertainment.

HALLS GAP - This year's Grampians Grape Escape is destined to be bigger than ever, with a series of 'umbrella' events which have been planned alongside the main event held this Saturday and Sunday at the Halls Gap Oval.

Southern Grampians kicked off the food and wine celebrations with musician George John playing live at various venues in March.

Grampians wineries then took up residence in Ballarat for the Seriously Shiraz event in April.

On the eve of the festivities held at Halls Gap Oval this weekend, the Royal Mail Hotel's Robin Wickens will showcase 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.

The festival organisers are also proud to announce that for the first time in 2014, the Grampians Grape Escape is open 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.

Starry Nights & Bush Yarns held at The Gap Vineyard Halls Gap also on Saturday evening, 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.

A great way to wrap up the feast of festivals is the Pyrenees Wine Run where participants are encouraged to race Olympian Steve Moneghetti to win their weight in wine.

The event will be held in Avoca on May 25.

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