Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Grampians Grape Escape Festival 2012...

I originally prepared the text for this post last Tuesday but my pc decided not to save it so when I went to publish it, just the pictures were there... grrr!
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For that reason, I will keep it fairly word free, suffice to say that we had a great time again at the GGE - ate too much, drank just enough and enjoyed the day...
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Halls Gap Caravan Park...
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Taking the chill off the night - T2 Chai tea in the billy...
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Ruby all set up...
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Gus prepared our Saturday night dinner early so we had something to come home to... fresh garlic and rosemary, oil, salt and pepper marinade for some lamb cutlets...
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Our friends Peter and Kathy were joining us later in the day.
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Pop them in a zip-lock bag, give them a good smoosh around then whack them in the fridge to marinate all day...
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Off to the festival - glass of wine first up while we watched Adrian Richardson (Good Chef/Bad Chef) do his cooking demonstration...
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Making sausages in a caulking gun - fun times!
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Sampling some beer and cider...
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I didn't have the Belgian Waffles...
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... but I asked a passerby if I could photograph hers... she obliged! Gus thought I was a bit cheeky!
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So many stalls with yummy food - cupcake anyone?
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Obligatory Lavender stall...
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Homemade goodies...
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We had lamb, fetta, caramelised onion and tomato wood fired pizzas for lunch... Gus wants one of these for our back yard - I keep saying 'How many pizzas can we eat?' ...
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So many soap stalls - it is a big industry in country Victoria, obviously...
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Cute Goats Milk soaps (love the molds) - each soap is named after a goat...
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This nutty lady was selling wonderful toasted, slated, spiced and toffeed peanuts, almonds and cashews. She even had earrings made of almonds!
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A bigger crowd than last year, I think...
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More soaps...
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Olive oil and olives...
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Again more soaps - not as good as Granny's though!
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Sauces, jams and jellies...
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Mettwurst, pickles and sauces...
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Poffertjes!
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It was late in the afternoon so I succumbed...
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Back at the caravan park, the kangaroos come in on dusk, hoping to be fed. They are quite tame but I kept my distance - wouldn't want to tangle with one of them...
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Time to pop those cutlets on the BabyQ for dinner...
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We had potatoes roasted in campfire coals, tossed salad, warm pasta and olive bread.
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Camp breakfast...
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We stopped quickly to take a picture of the Big Koala then it was off home - time to unpack Ruby, tidy her up and put her away for another adventure.
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Cheers - Joolz

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