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Flame Hill Vineyard Stomp 2017

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Event:
No Grape-Crashers
Flamehill Vineyard Annual Stomp, February 2017, Swing Central, wine-tasting, memento wine glass, Al-fresco style lunch, Black Angus beef burger, fish and chips, sweet potato and chickpea vegetable burger, pulled pork roll, trilogy of terrines, Cheese plate, wine, Montville
Grape-ish, squishy sort of day - Image: Elaine de Wet


You might remember me mentioning putting the Flame Hill Stomp on my 'to-do' list for 2017. For those of you who didn't join me at this awesome event - sadly, you missed out on a terrific day; and for those who did join us, we had an awesomely grape-ish, squishy sort-of fun day.

Flamehill Vineyard Annual Stomp, February 2017, Swing Central, wine-tasting, memento wine glass, Al-fresco style lunch, Black Angus beef burger, fish and chips, sweet potato and chickpea vegetable burger, pulled pork roll, trilogy of terrines, Cheese plate, wine, Montville
Show your tickets and receive a wine memento glass - Image: Elaine de Wet


The festivities started at 12.00pm, with guests having to show our tickets at the entrance (no grape-crashers were allowed). For large groups of ten or more, these guests were fortunate to have tables reserved for them; smaller groups like ours had the fun of locating an 'unreserved' table, but arriving early enough, this didn't prove to be a problem.

Flamehill Vineyard Annual Stomp, February 2017, Swing Central, wine-tasting, memento wine glass, Al-fresco style lunch, Black Angus beef burger, fish and chips, sweet potato and chickpea vegetable burger, pulled pork roll, trilogy of terrines, Cheese plate, wine, Montville
Vineyards and panoramic views - Image: Elaine de Wet


I must also mention that parking is very limited at Flame Hill Vineyard and guests who arrived in their own vehicles parked at the entrance and had the pleasure of negotiating a very long, downward walk to get to the festivities. This isn't a problem when you arrive fresh and ready to party, but I suspect after an afternoon of wining and stomping, the return upward journey would have been a bit of a huff-'n-a-puff. We chose to uber it, but discovered later that there is only one uber driver in the Montville area, who then had to do four return journeys to pick up festive clients from the Stomp.

Flamehill Vineyard Annual Stomp, February 2017, Swing Central, wine-tasting, memento wine glass, Al-fresco style lunch, Black Angus beef burger, fish and chips, sweet potato and chickpea vegetable burger, pulled pork roll, trilogy of terrines, Cheese plate, wine, Montville
Swing Central provided excellent entertainment - Image: Elaine de Wet


Swing Central provided the entertainment for most of the afternoon and they were absolutely sensational, with guests demurely foot-tapping along before jumping up and letting their hair down, bringing to mind the expression 'dance like nobody is watching'. I guess this could have been indicative of the amount of wine that had been imbibed between the foot-tapping and the letting the hair down bit.

Flamehill Vineyard Annual Stomp, February 2017, Swing Central, wine-tasting, memento wine glass, Al-fresco style lunch, Black Angus beef burger, fish and chips, sweet potato and chickpea vegetable burger, pulled pork roll, trilogy of terrines, Cheese plate, wine, Montville
Dancing in the vineyards - Image: Elaine de Wet


But…what a party!

Flamehill Vineyard Annual Stomp, February 2017, Swing Central, wine-tasting, memento wine glass, Al-fresco style lunch, Black Angus beef burger, fish and chips, sweet potato and chickpea vegetable burger, pulled pork roll, trilogy of terrines, Cheese plate, wine, Montville
A choice of three Flamehill Vineyard wines for the wine-tasting - Image: Elaine de Wet


Included in our $55 tickets was a wine-tasting on the upper deck of the restaurant - your choice of three Flame Hill Vineyard wines plus a Flame Hill Vineyard wine glass to keep as a memento.

Flamehill Vineyard Annual Stomp, February 2017, Swing Central, wine-tasting, memento wine glass, Al-fresco style lunch, Black Angus beef burger, fish and chips, sweet potato and chickpea vegetable burger, pulled pork roll, trilogy of terrines, Cheese plate, wine, Montville
Lunch and 'extras' Menus - Images: Elaine de Wet


The Al-fresco style lunch was also included in the price of our ticket and we had a choice of:-

Hot

Flame Hill Black Angus Beef Burger with beetroot relish, aged cheddar, rocket and tomato on a pumpkin bun;

Fish and Chips with Flame Hill Tartare sauce and lemon wedges;

Flamehill Vineyard Annual Stomp, February 2017, Swing Central, wine-tasting, memento wine glass, Al-fresco style lunch, Black Angus beef burger, fish and chips, sweet potato and chickpea vegetable burger, pulled pork roll, trilogy of terrines, Cheese plate, wine, Montville
Black Angus Beef Burger and Fish and Chips - Images: Elaine de Wet


Sweet Potato and Chickpea Vegetable Burger with beetroot relish, aged cheddar, rocket and tomato on a pumpkin bun.

Cold

Pulled Pork Roll with chilli caramel apples;

Trilogy of Terrines with a fresh bread roll, butter and salad
Smoked chicken terrine;
Rabbit, pork and pistachio terrine with fig paste;
Ham hock terrine with pineapple pickle

Cheese Plate with Lovocho
Kenilworth Tuscany Romano with fig paste;
Maleny Cheese Triple Cream Brie with quince paste;
Blue Cheese with truffled honey

Flamehill Vineyard Annual Stomp, February 2017, Swing Central, wine-tasting, memento wine glass, Al-fresco style lunch, Black Angus beef burger, fish and chips, sweet potato and chickpea vegetable burger, pulled pork roll, trilogy of terrines, Cheese plate, wine, Montville
'Dawn', President of QLD Young Women's Bowls Assoc. provided roaming entertainment - Image: Elaine de Wet


The 'Extras' Menu for those who got the munchies during the afternoon, were all $7.50 each and included:-

Flame Hill Garden Salad with Verdelho verjuice dressing;
Chips with aioli;
Flame Hill Black Angus sausage on a stick

Sweets - Chocolate and Almond Tart with caramelised orange and muscat cream ($12)

Varied extra drinks ranged in price from bottled water $3 to sparkling apple at $5.

And, then of course, the bottle of wines, which were available at the Cellar door for purchase too.

The food had been prepared by Flame Hill's award-winning chef and proved to be extremely tasty and more than ample.

Flamehill Vineyard Annual Stomp, February 2017, Swing Central, wine-tasting, memento wine glass, Al-fresco style lunch, Black Angus beef burger, fish and chips, sweet potato and chickpea vegetable burger, pulled pork roll, trilogy of terrines, Cheese plate, wine, Montville
Musicians ensuring our stomping was to the beat - Image: Elaine de Wet


The grape-stomping was scheduled for later in the afternoon at 4.30pm - I guess this is to allow guests to enjoy their afternoon in a relatively 'clean' state before stomping to their hearts' content and being covered in sticky, sweet grapes. There were four enormous bins filled with grapes - I was adamant I was just going to take photos, but the fun of it all proved to be too hard to resist and in I jumped, white pants and all. Much to my shock, the grapes were freezing cold (they must have been pre-refrigerated), but stomp I did and am happy to report no frost-bite as a result of the very cold grapes. We even had a trio of drummers to get us on our way with a wonderful beat to stomp to.

Flamehill Vineyard Annual Stomp, February 2017, Swing Central, wine-tasting, memento wine glass, Al-fresco style lunch, Black Angus beef burger, fish and chips, sweet potato and chickpea vegetable burger, pulled pork roll, trilogy of terrines, Cheese plate, wine, Montville
Yours truly stomping and yep, I wore white - Image: Barry de Wet


An excellent way to spend a Saturday afternoon, with plenty of entertainment, plenty of wine and in one of the Sunshine Coast's most spectacular scenic areas, Montville. If you missed the Grape Stomp at Flame Hill Vineyard, definitely bookmark it for next year - it's sure to be one of the highlights on your festival calendar.
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Why? For an awesomely grape-ish, squishy sort-of fun day
When: Annual grape-crushing festival
Phone: (07) 5478 5920
Where: 249 Western Ave, Montville, QLD 4560
Cost: $55 per person
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