From Making Recycling Easy to Rockstars of Red, or Costa’s Digs to Wine Decanted…get the most of your festival experience, sit back and learn from our expert exhibitors and guests.

MC’d by Freelance food writer and founder of Turnip Media, Hilary McNevin, Masterclasses are free for all to attend, but for an intimate educational experience, upgrade with a ticket to a workshop.

SAT 4 MAY – Country Plaza Hotel Masterclass Marquee

MAKING RECYCLING EASY

Grampians Central West Waste Resource Recovery Group and Rebecca Sullivan

10.30am – 11.00am

There’s no doubt, recycling right can be confusing…it’s almost like we could all do with a half hour masterclass on the do’s and don’ts of household recycling. If only there was an awesome festival that teed up with an even more awesome waste, resource and recovery group to do that…

OFFICIAL WELCOME & OPENING

Grampians Grape Escape Board & Partners

11.00am – 11.30am

Join Chairman of the Grampians Grape Escape board, Kevin Erwin and board members VIP guests to officially open the festival and learn about how your ticket helps an entire region.

Each guest will also receive a pack of Grampians playing cards, it’s just how we do things The Grampians Way.

IT’S A GIN THING

Kilderkin Distillery

12.15pm – 12.45pm

All things gin will be covered by Kilderkin’s Distiller Chris Pratt, including origins, styles and distilling movements across regional Victoria. Tastings will be on offer while Chris demonstrates how to recognise a quality gin and then to turn it into the perfect drink for friends and family.

WINE DECANTED

Guest speaker, Loïc Le Calvez from Wine Truth

1.45pm – 2.15pm

A masterclass for those who love to learn about wine. How is Rosé made, where do wine flavours come from, how should you store a good red…these are some of topics covered followed by Pop Quiz, WHO WANTS TO BE A VIGNERONNAIRE?!

GRAMPIANS WINEMAKERS BARRIQUE AUCTION

2.15pm – 2.45pm

The highly anticipated annual Grampians Winemakers Reserve Shiraz Barrique Auction is on again. Always a hit with wine connoisseurs and a major fundraiser for the winemakers, be one of the winning bidders lucky enough to take home a rare ‘taste of the Grampians.’

COFFEE AT HOME

Valeri Tkatchenko from Mikro Coffee Roasters (suppliers to Livefast Café)

3.45pm – 4.15pm

Hear about the growth and trends in the coffee industry and the techniques and processes involved from plantation to cup and then learn how to start your day off with the perfect coffee at home.

SUN 5 MAY – Country Plaza Hotel Masterclass Marquee

THE OLIVE BRANCH

Red Rock Olives, Grampians Olive Co & Mount Zero Olives

10.30am – 11.00am

Learn about the nutritional benefits of olives, ways to reuse brine, how to care for olive trees and how plantations differ, then watch what it takes to make a great brine.

COSTA DIGS VEGIES AND HENS

Costa Georgiadis, Grampians Central West Waste & Resource Recovery Group & Green Eggs

11.45am – 12.25pm

Learn from one of Australia’s most loved gardening presenters, Costa Georgiadis, as he talks vegetable gardens and gives us a beginners guide to keeping chickens.

EAT TRULY LOCAL

Rebecca Sullivan and Grampians Central West Waste & Resource Recovery Group

1.00pm – 1.30pm

Join Rebecca Sullivan, Author of The Art of The Natural Home series; architect of the Granny Skills movement and Founder of Warndu, a 60,000 year old legacy to our native plants, nuts, seeds and proteins, for a Masterclass on why we need to join the Native Food movement.

ROCKSTARS OF RED

Seppelts Wines (Dan Ahchow), A.T. Richardson Wines (Adam Richardson), Amherst Winery (Luke Jones)

2.15pm – 2.45pm

The Grampians and Pyrenees are widely known for their Shiraz, so it makes sense to hear from some of our Rockstars of Red. From the history of Seppelt Wines to the difference techniques use in small batch wine making, there is plenty to learn.

SUNDAE SCHOOL

Dirt Girl & Timboon Fine Ice Cream

3:15pm – 3:45pm. $20 per child. Tickets limited.

A lover of all things outdoors, fun and gardening, Dirt Girl is adored by kids all around the planet…almost as much as Ice Cream! So we’ve decided to create the ultimate experience for your little foodies by joining these two loves together for a Sundae School.

20 kids have the chance to get grubby, making and eating an eatable ice cream garden thanks to Dirt Girl and Timboon Fine Ice Cream. 

OUR WEEKEND’S MASTERCLASSES ARE MADE POSSIBLE WITH THANKS TO COMFORT INN, COUNTRY PLAZA HALLS GAP