festival events and activities Don’t miss the ‘Festival Feast RAAF balloon flights festival feast with fast eddy! with Fast Eddy!’ and afton barber of gilly’s bar and grill, hamilton All weekend — On the Village Oval 7pm, Sat 3 May Operated by the RAAF’s No. 28 Squadron 7pm, Saturday 3 May on the Halls Gap Village Oval on the Village you can enjoy the wonders and thrill of hot Oval, more info The Grampians Organising air ballooning on a low-level tethered flights on reverse of Committee and Grampians throughout the weekend. program. Wine Inc. present a Festival ‘Scarecrows in the Vineyard’ Display + Competition Feast with celebrity chef ‘Fast Eddy’Halmagyi. at Garden Gully, Great Western Fast Eddy will be collaborating 13 April to 4 May, open daily 11am to 4pm with Grampians-based chef Afton View the scarecrows and vote for your Barber of Gilly’s Bar and Grill, favorite scarecrow. Gold coin donation to Hamilton to produce a magnificent local charities to experience the sense the dining experience. humor, spirit and skill that competition Make sure you don’t miss out entrants put into this time-honoured on this delectable three course tradition— Scarecrow art at its best! dinner matched to a diverse range Festivities culminate at the ‘Scarecrows’ Picnic’ on Sunday 4 May, from 11.30am to 4pm. Picnic fare and fine of Grampians wines. Located within the central marquee grampians grape escape wines available for purchase, no BYO alcohol, entry gold coin donation, no bookings required, scarecrow judging at 2pm. Guest Judge Fiona on the festival grounds, the dinner the wine and food festival promises a night of indulgence against Parker Breakfast Presenter at 594 ABC Western Victoria. the backdrop of the magnificent 3 & 4 may 2008 Location — Garden Gully Cellar Door, 1477 Western Highway, Great Grampians National Park. Western. For more information phone 03 5356 2400, or visit our website Cost $110. Limited places, official program www.gardengully.com.au phone 5352 5075 to book for a memorable evening. Slow Sunday Lunch with Best’s and Kimbarra Wines Sunday, 4 May 11.30am to 4.30pm Enjoy an indulgent day out in the Grampians wine region! Brimming with exciting fresh cuisine crafted by a talented Melbourne chef and inspired by the slow food movement, the lunch features the finest estate-grown wines from both festival sponsors Best’s and Kimbarra, personally selected by our winemakers to compliment this delectable fare. This feast for the senses will be heightened by the raw sounds of an acoustic guitar strummed by a local musician... Location — Best’s Wines, 111 Best’s Road, Great Western. Cost – $90 per head. For bookings (by 18/04/08 ) and enquiries contact Yvette Brady on 03 5356 2250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org location WWW.DOJODESIGN.COM.AU Halls Gap is situated approximately 2.45 hours’ drive from Melbourne, follow the Western Highway before turning to Halls Gap from either Featuring celebrity chef Ed ‘Fast Eddy’ Halmagyi! Stawell or Ararat. Horsham Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May, 11am — 4.30pm Halls Gap Village Oval Stawell Halls Gap Great Western Grampians Ararat FREE ENTRY National Park Ballarat For further information phone 1800 065 599 or visit Hamilton Dunkeld Visit Grampians Travel (www.grampianstravel.com) or contact Melbourne the Halls Gap and Grampians Visitor Information Centre and www.grampiansgrapeescape.com.au Accommodation Booking Service — Freecall 1800 065 599. welcome to grampians grape escape! 2008 festival program live music The festival organising committee along with Grampians and other All weekend — On the Village Oval Western Victorian wineries invite you to treat yourself to a gastronomic Friday, 2 May — at Seppelt Winery, Great Western The smooth sounds of Nick Shirrefs and getaway and indulge in delicious gourmet fare, fabulous wines and 7pm .............. Night tour of Seppelt underground cellars – A unique the Jazz Traders will entertain with smooth creative cooking demonstrations. experience…one not to be missed! More info over page. sounds and uplifting tunes for everyone to This year celebrity chef ‘Fast Eddy’ Halmagyi enjoy. from Better Homes and Gardens will show off his swift culinary skills with cooking Saturday, 3 May — on the Village Oval, Halls Gap demonstrations throughout both days of the 11am............. Festival opens – Wine sampling, delicious delights to enjoy festival events and activities wine and food festival. and indulge in. Purchase a wine lover’s package and find With more than 80 vendors, live music and your preferred wines. Get into the swing with live music Grampians Winemakers Barrique Auction children’s entertainment all set against performances throughout the day. Saturday, 3 May at 2pm — On the Village Oval the spectacular backdrop of the Grampians 11am............. Flight display throughout the day by the RAAF Balloons This is a truly unique opportunity to bid National Park, it’s a sensational weekend not operated by No. 28 Squadron. for the ownership of 300 bottles of 2006 to be missed! 11.30am ....... Sampling James Squires Grampians Winemakers Barrique Shiraz. range of beers. Each year, Grampians wineries donate a free entry 12pm ............ Foster’s Clydesdale Team delivering the Grampians Wine- quantity of their own Shiraz fruit from the previous year’s vintage and are skillfully Entry to the festival is free to the general public. Wine tasting is only makers’ Shiraz Barrique. Grampians Winemakers blended by one of the region’s wine makers. available with the purchase of a wine lover’s package for $25, which RESERVE SHIRAZ 12.30pm ....... Sampling James Squires 2006 This year Simon Clayfield of Clayfield Wines includes: range of beers. 14.6 % Alcohol by Volume 750ml Moyston, returns to put his personal style to » Wrist band pass to receive tasting from your choice of over 30 WINE OF AUSTRALIA 12:45pm ....... Auction registration for the Grampians Barrique Auction what will be another fabulous release. wineries in attendance; (sampling will be available for those registering). Wine enthusiasts will have the opportunity to bid for ownership and can » Festival souvenir wine tasting glass; choose to make purchases in 5-dozen lots. » Bottle of still drinking water; 1pm .............. Ed Halmagyi cooking demonstration. » Entry to festival competition drawn daily. 2pm .............. Grampians Winemakers Shiraz Barrique Auction. Royal Mail VIP Marquee 2.30pm ......... Foster’s Clydesdale Team on display on festival grounds. All weekend – On the Village Oval 3pm .............. Ed Halmagyi cooking demonstration. cooking demonstrations 3.30pm ......... Sampling James Squires range of beers. The Royal Mail Hotel will be offering a selection of canapés, giving a sneak preview Featuring celebrity chef Ed ‘Fast Eddy’ Halmagyi! 4.30pm ......... Festival closes. of what you can expect to experience with On the Village Oval, all weekend 7pm .............. Festival Feast with Fast Eddy (more info over page) a tasting menu at the Royal Mail’s fine Don’t miss celebrity chef ‘Fast Eddy’ Halmagyi at this year’s Festival! dining restaurant. This will be an example of Executive Chef - Dan Hunter’s food in Twice-daily see Eddy cook up a storm in the big tent using regional fresh Sunday, 4 May — on the Village Oval, Halls Gap miniature with wine matched to each dish by produce. Be part of the Festival Dinner where Eddy will oversee the 11am............. Festival opens – Wine sampling, delicious delights to enjoy Royal Mail Sommelier, Lok Thornton. preparation of a three-course meal complemented by Grampians wines. and indulge in. Purchase a wine lover’s package and find The Royal Mail will be operating from the Royal Mail VIP Marquee Eddy is the Fast Food Presenter on Channel 7’s Better Homes and your preferred wines. Get into the swing with live music and we will be selling limited packages to access this area. For more Gardens, where he shows people how quick and easy it is to cook even performances throughout the day. information and bookings please contact Festival Coordinator Mike restaurant-style meals. 11am............. Flight display throughout the day by the RAAF Balloons DiLisio on 0417 559 370. He started cooking at the age of 15 where he had a weekend job as operated by No. 28 Squadron (see festival highlights for a kitchen hand in a local bistro, when the chef walked out during more information). Night tour of the Seppelt Sunday lunch. Eddy joined the team at the Bennelong 11.30am ....... Sampling James Squires range of beers. Underground Cellars Restaurant at the Sydney Opera House in the 12pm ............ Foster’s Clydesdale Team on display on festival grounds. Friday, 2 May at 7pm pastry section where he remained until 1997. 12pm ............ Ed Halmagyi cooking demonstration. (official Festival Launch at 6pm) — He then worked for a number of Sydney’s 12.30pm ....... Sampling James Squires range of beers. at Seppelt Winery, Great Western leading restaurants including Rockpool, 2pm .............. Ed Halmagyi cooking demonstration. Unearth hidden treasures and secrets. Gotham, and Fuel. Prepare to be amazed as we take you on an 2.30pm ......... Sampling James Squires range of beers. In 2000 Eddy and his wife Leah moved to eerie and enthralling journey through the Vancouver Island where he was the Executive 4.30pm ......... Festival closes. newest Seppelt tour experience. Starting Sous Chef at The Wickannish Inn, a Relais et with gourmet cheese platters and a glass of Seppelt premium wine, and Chateau property catering to the uber-chic kids entertainment then travel on through the darkness of the underground cellars, lighting and super-rich. Conde Nast rates as one of the your way with lanterns. A very unique experience... one not to be missed! greatest places in the world to stay and eat. On the Village Oval, all weekend Time — 7pm at Seppelt Cellar Door. Admission — $25 Adults, Children Returning to Australia in 2002 he took on the role of Head Chef at Nove On the Halls Gap Village Oval all weekend over five years — $10. Bookings essential. For further information Cucina restaurant in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and has received special with Pockets the Clown and Thomas the contact Seppelt Cellar Door on 03 5361 2239 between 9am-5pm. mention for best value for money in the 2004 Good Food Guide. Tank Engine trackless train.