Celebrate Harvest 2014
The Grape Escapade 2014, Goa
India’s beach capital, Goa, is hosting a wine festival – The Grape Escapade – over this weekend for 4 days from February 6-9, 2014 in Panjim. The Grape Escapade 2014 is geared to be larger than ever before where people over the 4 days will experience a blend of fine wine, lifestyle, haute cuisine and entertainment. More than 20 wineries are expected to be part of the festival while around 15 restaurants and catering companies will offer a range of gourmet experiences. Apart from food and wine, the festival will be host to local performers in Blues, Jazz, World Beat, as well as dance and other non-musical performances.
Grape Escapade started 9 years ago as wine festival where a tourist could savor wines and Goan cuisine; it slowly evolved into a lifestyle festival. This is the 10th edition of the festival and we spoke to the Nikhil Desai, Director of Department of Tourism, Government of Goa to know more about the event. “Over time we realized that consumption and acceptance of wine in the state is steadily increasing and we wanted to be catalysts in this change. There are several brands of wine, both Indian and international, which are being sold in Goa. Apart from this, port wine is a popular choice in the state and is also manufactured here. We thought that it would be a great idea to host a wine festival that brings wineries, oenophiles and other allied industries together,” he said.
Goa Tourism is the organizer of the festival, Desai added that the Grape Escape brand has become fully scalable and this year it will be at par with some of the best lifestyle festivals in the world. “All leading brands that have registered in Goa will be participating in this,” he mentioned.
Dates: February 6-9, 2014
Time: 6.30 PM onwards
Venue: Campal Grounds, Panaji, Goa
India Grape Harvest Festival 2014
As the harvest time is around the corner, it has become a good time to celebrate all things wines. The second edition of India Grape Harvest Festival is scheduled to take place mid-Feb in Vinchur, Nashik. It is perhaps one of the few wine festivals which is supported by various government like, Indian Grape Processing Board, All India Wine Producers Association, Maharashtra Tourism, Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI), Incredible India and NABARD amongst others.
Apart from the free flowing wines and food, there will be tasting sessions, seminars, vineyard tours; you can even participate in harvesting at different wineries. You can also go camping, bicycling, and kite-flying and get some close encounters with the wild side at the Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary in the area. A packaged itinerary has also been created for 1 night/2 days and 2 nights/3 days format priced between Rs 7000 and Rs 15500 (excluding taxes), you need to get in touch with Girikand Travels for more details.
Dates: February 14-16, 2014
Time: 3.00 PM – 10.00 PM
Venue: WinePark, Vinchur, Nashik
Entry: One day pass is priced at Rs 500 and 3 day pass is for Rs 1000. Tickets are available on bookmyshow.com. Contact Girikand Travels for the packaged programs at email@example.com or 022-26685050, 26685040, 64990004, 64990005.