ARARAT - Spurred on by last year's Grape Stomp success as a fundraiser, students from the Central Connect Out of Schools Program are again taking the challenge to encourage would be stompers to join in at this weekend's Grape Escape Food and Wine Festival at Halls Gap.
From picking the grapes needed prior to the Stomp at a vineyard in Concongella, to filling the barrels, measuring amounts of juice produced, recording outcomes, the students from Central Connect all agree it can be a bit of work but it's fun and a great experience for everyone.
The Central Connect Program is located at the Ararat College School Farm in Jacksons Creek Road Ararat.
The program is an out of schools program for youth aged 13-20 years disengaged from mainstream schooling.
The program, which includes VCAL, is an alternative hands on program designed around the needs of the students and all enrolments are through Ararat College.
In this weekend's Grape Stomp there will be great prizes to be won for the overall winners and those who make the most juice in their heat.
The Stomp is open to adults and children.
Last year Poh from Poh's Kitchen attracted the crowds as she joined in for the Celebrity Stomp which is held on Sunday afternoon.
Next week the students from Central Connect will host 'The Biggest Morning Tea' to raise funds for cancer research.
The Biggest Morning Tea is open to everyone and will be held at 10am on Thursday at the Ararat College School Farm in Jackson's Creek Road (on the corner of Elizabeth Street).
For further information contact Barbara Blamey (Central Connect co-ordinator) phone 53527587.