GENERAL

What are the festival dates and times?

Saturday 5 May, 2018 10:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday 6 May, 2018 10:00am – 4:30pm

The festival now opens at 10am on the Sunday so we’ve extended your day at the other end. Orange Whip have promised a smashing encore so all of your senses will leave feeling completely satisfied!

Where is the festival located?

Halls Gap Recreation Reserve  |   Cnr of Grampians & Mount Victory Roads, Halls Gap VIC 3381

 

TICKETS

Can I buy tickets at the gate?

Maybe. We urge all patrons to pre-purchase their tickets online for the following reasons:

  • Ticket sales are selling like “hot cakes” this year (forgive the food pun)
  • Only patrons with pre-paid tasting tickets can be guaranteed a polycarbonate stemless tumbler
  • All pre-paid ticket holders from 2018 will receive a 20% discount code to use for 10 days when 2019 festival tickets are launched
  • Pre-purchasing tickets helps any event (including ours) remain sustainable, so we can plan and deliver the best event possible
  • There could be long queues for walk up ticket sales, especially in the morning
  • If you pre-purchase, you can even collect your wristband, bag, tumbler and program on the Friday, avoiding queues all together!!! (scroll down below for more)
  • Space is limited and we’d hate for you to ever have to miss out 
  • Pre-paying gets you into our database and access to early bird specials, competitions, festival news and more

What is the difference between the General Admission and Tasting Tickets?

All Tasting Tickets include a souvenir polycarbonate stemless tumbler and free wine, beer & cider tastings until 4.00pm daily. Think 40 cellar door experiences in one festival! Yikes.

Tasting Ticket holders also get free access to the Cloakroom and Winestore service.

General Admission tickets do not receive free wine tastings and are ideal for designated drivers.  We find many patrons who purchase a General Admission ticket upgrade at the gate to a Tasting Ticket, and that is also possible.

Can I upgrade at the gate to a Tasting Ticket or Weekend Pass?

Absolutely. Please head to the Pre-Paid Ticket line and our amazingly good looking volunteers will arrange that for you.

Can I collect my Wristband (and stuff) on Friday for quicker festival access on Saturday?

Yes You Can! …on Friday 4th May from 4:00pm – 5:30pm from the Halls Gap Visitor Information Centre (located at the top end of the shops opposite the Main Playground in town). You will need to bring your ticket for scanning and a GGE G-Force Member will be there to answer any questions. 

Don’t forget to bring your tumbler to the festival as you will need it for tastings, and your wristband must stay on for the duration of your festival visit.

Can I get a refund?

GGE does not offer refunds or exchanges because you have changed your mind (why would one ever do that hey!) or as a result of a change in your personal circumstances. 

GGE is an all weather event and will only offer a refund, partial refund or exchange if the event is cancelled, rescheduled or significantly relocated or to the extent otherwise required by law (including the Australian Consumer Law).

What about kids tickets?

Kids under five are FREE. Kids aged 6 to 17 are $15.00 for the weekend.

What happens if I loose my wristband / tumbler?

Now, now…don’t go doing that will you 😉

Your wristband is water / tamper proof and needs to stay on for the duration of your time at the festival.  Lost wristbands and tumblers are like cash, but will be treated on a case-by-case basis at the Information Marquee.

Will I need an age verification wristband?

Depends on how many years young you might look. Most would find this flattering and Age Verification wristbands will be available from Security/Information Desk where required.

Remember to bring your tickets (printed or digital) and bring plenty of cash to stock up on wonderful wine and produce for the year (there is also an ATM onsite). 

WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO THAT WEEKEND? 

There are many things to do while you are in town for the festival including these events:

WINE DINNER AT THE ROYAL MAIL – Fri 4 May

As a prelude to the Grampians regions premier food and wine event, Grampians Grape Escape, Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel will be hosting a special evening, featuring a 5 course dinner with wines from their sommeliers regional selection matched to each course. Click here for more.

 

MONTARA WINES – WINE DOWN FRIDAY – Fri 4 May

Wine Down at Montara on Friday May 4th to kick start Grampians Grape Escape.

Montara Wines will host Soul Chic – sounds of Jazz, Soul, Blues, Reggae, Funk, & Classical, mix that with food and of course amazing wines produced from the vines in view of the cellar door. If your visiting the region jump on Grampians Wine Tours bus departing Halls Gap/Pomonal & Ararat to get you to the event and back.

Click here to book.

 

HGH LIVE SESSIONS – Fri 4 May – Sun 6 May

The Halls Gap Hotel will be the place to be every night of the Grampians Grape Escape festival weekend. On Friday night get warmed up with Rach & Liam Brennan, Saturday night the place will be rocking with Levi Anderson and Kane Sherriff, then finish off your festival with local, Phil Holmes.

The family bistro, surrounded by a huge open verandah, is the perfect place to enjoy the magnificent views of the Grampians, local wines, cold beers and crisp ciders. An open fire will create the perfect setting to enjoy your night out.

Along with an indoor kids play room and outdoor playground, they also offer a wide ranging menu with quality meals including a fantastic kids menu.

 

AT THE FESTIVAL

ATM Facilities

Yes, we do have ATM facilities but we also suggest that you bring a little cash with you. Small transaction fees will apply.

GGE Program

The program is available so you can prepare yourself for a Grape Escape and map out the masterclasses, workshops and activities you’d like to experience, which artists you want to hear, which wine you’d like to taste and more. You can download right here.

Lost Property

Any lost property handed in will be available to collect from the Festival Information Marquee until 11am on Monday morning.

Mothers Day

Mother’s Day is the weekend after GGE and what better place to shop up than at Grampians Grape Escape!  Look for the red heart for Mother’s Day gift ideas and packs and then make a card in the David O Jones Mitre 10 Little Foodies Tent. Sorted!  #cheerstomum #cheerstofun

No Smoking

We want to smell the delights of food, wine and produce so GGE is again a smoke-free event. Pass outs are available to the designated smoking area.

Parents Room / Family Facilities

Mums and dads, take advantage of the parents room set with change facilities, microwave, high chairs and family toilets next to the David O Jones Mitre 10 Little Foodies Tent. For those small cuts and bruises, we also have first aid onsite.

TAC Festival Survival Space

Transport Accident Commission (TAC) will be on site throughout the weekend with plenty of cool stuff to do in their ‘Towards Zero Festival Survival Space’, including free breath tests so you can plan your way home.

Can I bring my dog / pet?

Whilst we love our furry friends, we ask that you leave your pooch or any animals at home. There are special considerations only for assistance dogs.

Can I bring in food / water?

Nah, sorry…we’d love you to buy breakfast, lunch and/or dinner with our foodies so these yummy businesses come back next year…but you can bring a bottle of sealed water! 

Free drinking water is available onsite / bags may be checked by security upon arrival.

What can / can’t I bring to the event?

While some festival seating is available, patrons are encourage bring their own Table (nothing bigger than a card table); Folding Chair and Picnic Blanket. Patrons cannot bring a tent, market umbrella or marquee to the festival. 

Attend the Official Opening on Saturday morning and you’ll receive a FREE pack of playing cards that you can use with your card table! See…we think of everything, or at least we try to. 

This is also a No BYO event.

What To Wear

As much as we’ve tried to get her to join the GGE crew, we have no command over Mother Nature. We celebrate rain, hail or shine, so layer up, party shoes and all, as wine is to be enjoyed in all weather!

Will there be Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options?

Yup. Many of our exhibitors offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Should you have a more specific dietary requirements and have concerns, please contact hello@grampiansgrapeescape.com.au.

Workshops

Experience our all-new TICKETED WORKSHOPS! Whether you’ve booked a festival ticket already or haven’t, these are open to purchase and have been carefully designed so there is something for everyone.  Upgrade here for just $49pp before they sell out !

#trythenbuy #stopandshop

Grampians Grape Escape is a not-for-profit community festival created to drive tourism to the region and support local producers and businesses. The impact of your ticket is far reaching as is a shop up at the festival so be sure to #trythenbuy and #stopandshop!

We’d love these to become part of your #vocab for the greater good of all locally owned businesses, no matter where the location.

Wine Store / Cloak Room

Keep your hands free for grazing and store your festival purchases at our Winestore. Tasting Ticket holders have free access to this service, otherwise it is just $5. Best of all, purchases can be kept there until Monday morning (don’t worry, we won’t drink them).

You can event Cloak your jacket, camping chair, card table overnight too with us for $5! That way you don’t have to bring them to the Halls Gap Hotel for their LIVE Sessions! The kids on the other hand, you’ve got to take with you 😉

 

ACCOMMODATION & TRANSPORT

Accommodation

Still looking for last minute accommodation close by – check out availability here. Otherwise, the Grampians region boasts over 5000 beds in the region and Christians have buses going from surrounding regional centres. See below for more details. 

Parking

Limited parking is available at the Recreation Reserve and we encourage you to enjoy responsibly and take advantage of the bus and shuttle services.

Disabled parking is available in close proximity to the Festival entrance.

Halls Gap Shuttle Bus

Grampians Bus Tours will run a shuttle bus service around Halls Gap from 4pm on Friday until Sunday evening.  The bus will run along the Main Road of Halls Gap only from Lakeside Tourist Park to Mountain View / Halls Haven.  The cost is $5 per person, per trip and bookings can be made approximately 30 minutes prior by calling 0499 598 638.

Please ensure you stand out on the Main Road to be visible to the driver at the arranged booking time. 

Regional Bus Transfers (outside of Halls Gap)

Christians Bus Co are running bus services from the following towns and bookings can be made HERE.

Ararat Town Hall 9:15am ($32pp)

Dunkeld Royal Mail 10:00am ($50pp)

Great Western General Store 9:30am ($32pp)

Horsham Sawer Park. Firebrace st end 9:00am ($35pp)

Hamilton Station 9:20am ($50pp)

Lake Fyans Caravan Park 10:00am ($20pp)

Pomonal General Store 10:05am ($10pp)

Stawell Albion Road Stawell Car Parking at the Toilet block 9:45am ($32pp)

Warrnambool Flagstaff 8:45am ($50pp)

Visit the Grampians

Plan your getaway and spend a few more days in the region.  Discover what’s on and where to stay here.

2019 FESTIVAL DATES

Start planning for 2019 and secure your accommodation for 4th – 5h May 2019.

 

Enjoy your 2018 GRAMPIANS GRAPE ESCAPE and stay connected on our Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter and get involved using #ggefest #trythenbuy #stopandshop