More than 20 Indian wineries, apart from other renowned spirit brands, are expected to participate in the Grape Escapade, a popular wine festival hosted by the Goa governmentâ€™s tourism department, scheduled to be held later this month, an official said. Â
The event, which is being touted as a â€œpopular gourmet festivalâ€ will also be hosting over a dozen restaurants and catering outfits over the four day period from Jan 23-26.
â€œLast year, we had 40,000 participants and visitors during the four-day Grape Escapade and it was an enthralling experience for one and all. We are sure that this year too it will be a success,â€ said Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar has been quoted as saying in the release issued by the tourism ministry.
Apart from showcasing wine, Goa Tourism officials are also â€œexpecting an increase in B2B participation between wineries, hoteliers and restaurants as Grape Escapade provides a platform for business and trade partnerships at every edition organized during the last one decadeâ€.
â€œThe festival also adds economic value to Goa every year as it brings together restaurateurs, wineries, and hospitality and lifestyle players and provides business networking opportunities to F and B managers and wine manufacturing units,â€ the statement also said.
Exclusive wine tasting sessions will be conducted on all four days for invitees and wine connoisseurs apart from other allied events like grape-stomping, crowning of the Grape Escapade Queen for the year, live music, fashion shows, etc.