Panaji: 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 government's tourism department, scheduled to be held later this month, an official statement said Monday.
The event, which is being touted as a "popular gourmet festival" will also be hosting over a dozen restaurants and catering outfits over the four day period from Jan 23-26.
"Last 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," 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 "expecting 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 decade".
"The 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," 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.