Grapes & Gallops annual celebration of wine and equine
Media Statement from Eric Henderson Grape & Gallops
On Sunday, January 18, 2015, the Mount Barker Co-operative Mt Barker Grapes & Gallops will hold the Great Southern's richest horse race – the $100,000 Mungrup Sprint and celebrate 125 years of the Mt Barker Turf Club.
Grapes & Gallops is the biggest annual event on the Mount Barker Turf Club's calendar attracting punters from around the Great Southern and Perth. This exciting race day features an 8-race program and includes the Mungrup Stud Sprint over 1300 metres.
Firmly established as one of the region’s most popular family events, more than 2000 people are expected to enjoy an afternoon of wine, fashion and racing at Frost Park in Mt Barker.
Grapes & Gallops chairperson Kim Tyrer said the event will also be a celebration of 50 years of premium grape growing in Mt Barker.
“It is a unique country event with its classic combination of premium wine, gourmet food, fashion and horse racing,” Ms Tyrer said.
Racegoers will be able to sample wines from Mt Barker producers including Arcadia, Gilberts, West Cape Howe, Plantagenet Wines and Hawkers Ridge. These wines will also be the perfect accompaniment to a gala three-course luncheon which this year is proudly sponsored by the Shire of Plantagenet.
“It is a fantastic family event with the atmosphere of a good old-fashioned country race day,” Ms Tyrer said.
A highlight of the day will be the annual fashions on the field with prizes awarded to the best dressed filly and colt. Families will also been catered for with entertainment provided for children.
A range of regional produce will be available including strawberries and cream, yabbies, Bratwurst, stuffed spuds, gourmet pizzas, freshly shucked Albany oysters, local honey and fudge.
“Get dressed up, find a fabulous hat, come along and try a glass of award-winning wine, some delicious gourmet food and enjoy a great day of country horse racing,” she said.
Action on the day starts at noon until 8pm at Frost Park, McDonald Avenue, Mt Barker. Entry is $20 for adults and $10 concession with children under 18 free. While this is a family event it is also a licensed area and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Mungrup Stud is the State’s biggest thoroughbred stud with a large annual draft of well credentialed yearlings offered at the Magic Millions Sale at Belmont in February. Situated south of Mt Barker, Mungrup Stud is owned and managed by Gray and Jan Williamson whose family has a long history of involvement in racing and breeding industry in WA.
The Mount Barker Cooperative Mount Barker Grapes & Gallops event is a joint venture with Mount Barker Turf Club and Mount Barker Wine Producers. Bookings are currently being taken for the luncheon, and table and chairs for the day. Corporate tents are also available. Buses are available between Albany and Mt Barker contact Busy Blue Bus for details on (08) 9846 4757.
Media Enquiries: Grapes & Gallops Eric Henderson is available for interview on 0407 421 484. High resolution images are available upon request