Panaji, Feb 28 : Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Thursday inaugurated The Grape Escapade 2019 at the D B Bandodkar Grounds, Campal, in the city amidst much fanfare and festivity in the presence of other dignitaries.
Grape Escapade, the four day event which will conclude on March 3 ,2019, is a celebration of the finest of everything - food, fashion and entertainment. The festival aims to bring together a host of professionals from the tourism and hospitality industry; hoteliers, restaurateurs, wineries and manufacturers to showcase their premium offerings. This year the event is managed by Vinsan World.
The Grape Escapade 2019 will showcase more than 40 exhibitors which include wineries comprising of International, National and Local wine producers. To complement the wines, several food stalls are offering gourmet delights to provide visitors with a delectable gastronomic experience. Some of the participating wineries include; Sula Vineyards, Grover Zampa Vineyards, Big Banyan Wines, Ocean King Distillers, Tonia Wines, Good Drop Wines, Santanse Wines, Pomar de Frutas, Fratelli Wines, Indus Wines and others. Goychi Chul, Bay 15, Yellow Chilli, Anandashram, Temptations, Sua Casa Restaurant, Hungry Hatz Grill, O’ Coqueiro & Tinge, Ripples Gastropub, Toro Toro will also be participating in the Grape Escapade in addition to many other food outlets.
An exciting lineup of entertainment acts will ensure that visitors at the festival feel the vibrancy and spirit of the event. A dazzling Fashion show by Anusha Shaikh, pulsating variety entertainment, mesmerizing dance routines by Dance-o-Philia and Goa Institute of Performing Arts (GIPA), and musical performances by Shine On Duo – Sidney & Silvina, Raul with Ragas 2 Riches, BandWagon, Pure Magic, Carlos & Friends, Alcatrazz, Crimson Tide and The Coffee Cats will add a groovy essence to the Grape Escapade Experience.
Some of the highlights of the festival include the traditional Grape stomping, the crowning of the Grape Escapade Queen where the winners have a chance to win exclusive gift vouchers, hampers and lots more. Certified Sommelier and Connoisseur, John D’Souza who is affiliated with the Wines and Spirits Education Trust London, UK will conduct an exclusive tasting session on March 1, 2019.
The Grape Escapade is expected to attract thousands of visitors, especially International and local tourists.
The festival is also a celebration of Goa's rich Culture, Heritage, Cuisine, and Entertainment, and is all geared up for a bigger celebration this year.