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Great Southern's best winemakers roll out the barrels of fun
Improve your cooking skills and broaden your wine knowledge while taking in the spectacular scenery of the world's oldest mountain range at the 2019 Porongurup Wine Festival.
This year, the event, which celebrates 31 years, will feature a Chefs Tent run by WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey and cooking demonstrations from celebrity TV cook Anna Gare and Amy Hamilton from Albany's Liberte Restaurant.
Festival goers get into the spirit of the occasion at the Grape Stomp.
There will be wine tastings from eight Porongurup producers, Abbey Creek, Castle Rock Estate, Dukes, Ironwood Estate, Jingalla, Montefalco, Mount Trio and Shepherds Hut.
Last year's cooking classes held by celebrity chefs were a huge hit.
Local spirit producer Great Southern Distillery will be there and local brewer Wilson's beer will be available.
Live music will be from five-piece Albany band The Beardless Hipsters and blues with the Les Karski Band.
To work off some of the calories from food and drink, there will be a Grape Stomp competition for children and adults, acrobatic displays by Southern Edge Arts and other children's activities, including a bouncy castle and cupcake decorating.
Kids will get a real taste for the cupcake decorating classes.
The eight participating wineries this year are highly regarded as quality wine producers and includes Dukes Vineyard, which was awarded James Halliday's 2019 Wine of The Year for its Magpie Hill Riesling, earning 99 points, the first white wine ever to achieve that score.
The entry fee of $26 includes a complimentary wine glass and tastings of some of the stunning local wines. Accompanied children under age 18 are free.
Food, wine and other drinks will be available for purchase on the day, but visitors are urged to bring cash as EFTPOS may be unreliable or unavailable at some festival stalls and ATM facilities are not guaranteed.
Buses will run to and from the festival from Albany, Denmark and Mt Barker.
Festival entry and bus, departing Albany Visitors Centre at 9.45am, BCF at 10am and Bakers Junction at 10.15am costs $62.
From the Denmark Visitors Centre at 10am, bus and entry fee is $62 and from the Mt Barker Caravan Park at 10.35am and the Mt Barker Visitors Centre at the Mt Barker Railway Station at 10.40am costs $47.