Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) is organising the eighth edition of The Grape Escapade Festival 2014 in Panjim. This food and wine festival is all set to kick off on February 6, 2014 and continue till February 9, 2014. This festival serves as a good platform for international as well as the local wine makers to showcase their wines. Apart from wines, various restaurateur and hoteliers get a chance to display a wide array of local and global cuisine.
Speaking exclusively with Financial Express Online, Armando Duarte, senior manager, sales, GTDC, said, “The Grape Escapade Festival has been very successful in attracting tourists in large numbers, even foreign tourists. We have a food and wine festival where many domestic and international participants get and opportunity to display their wines and cuisines. Also this festival helps in branding Goa as a lifestyle destination.”
The highlights of the festival are wine tasting sessions, fusion cuisine, exotic, desserts and live performances which attracts people of all ages. Apart from locals, the event also has seen a large number of foreign and domestic tourists in its past editions.
Previously many leading wineries and restaurateurs who had participated were Blue Star Agro Winery, Pause Wines, Rio Wine, Vintage Wines, Zampa Wines, Kingfisher Bohemia, Sula Wines, A.D Wines (Deshmukh Wines), Aditya Wine, Big Banyan , Bio Wines, Vallonne Vineyards, Prestuge Wines, Tonia, Vinee, Champagn Indage (Brew & Spirits), Reveilo, Vasquitos, Rio resort, Republic of Chicken,The HQ, Dream Cuisine, Bottle Bay, O Hotel & The Chocolate Man's Production, Natural Ice Cream, Goa Culture Guild and also various types of cheese were displayed in other stalls.
Grape stomping is another highlight where guests get a chance to crush grapes with their barefeet in large tubs to live music.