Support local producers by attending Grape Escape dinner

REGION - Locals are being encouraged to buy local as much as possible, particularly after Grampians producers have endured extreme weather and devastating fires at the beginning of this year.

The Grampians Produce Group is a vibrant group of producers, but in recent months a number of its members have struggled with natural disaster.

Amanda Kumnick, secretary of Grampians Produce said after a tough start to the year the group is doing its best to get back on its feet.

"We have some great things going on as a producer group, we are heavily involved in the Grampians Grape Escape this year at Halls Gap and we are doing a fundraising dinner for the group on Friday, May 2," she said.

"This is a great way for locals to get involved and support the group while eating and drinking some of the best local produce around.

"Deirdre at Laharum Grove was seriously affected by the fires in January losing more than 90 percent of her olive grove. The CFA did amazing work to manage to save her new restaurant Deirdres and she is rebuilding her groves.

"We could all do with some support and the best way for people to do that is to seek us out, come up to Halls Gap for the Grape Escape and buy some great local wines and food and enjoy a great day out."

The annual Grampians Produce dinner on May 2 will also be an opportunity to support the group and serve as a reminder to try and buy local as much as possible.

Robin Wickens and his team from The Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld will showcase the region's produce at the dinner with a sumptuous meal accompanied by exceptional local wines and will be inspired by the themes of the festival and the outstanding producers of the Grampians.

Bookings can be made at www.grampiansgrapeescape.com.au or www.facebook.com/grampiansproduce.

Tickets are only available until tomorrow, so get in quick to ensure your booking.

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