Big crowd expected to enjoy annual Grapes and Gallops event at Mt Barker Turf Club

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Larissa Oliver, Freya Spencer and Nadia Oliver enjoy last year’s Grapes and Gallops.
Camera IconLarissa Oliver, Freya Spencer and Nadia Oliver enjoy last year’s Grapes and Gallops. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Another big crowd is expected trackside for the annual Grapes and Gallops at the Mt Barker Turf Club on Sunday.

Grapes and Gallops combines fine wine, fashion and quality horse racing, with thousands flocking to Frost Park for the club’s biggest event on the calendar.

The food and wine festival runs in conjunction with the $100,000 Mt Barker Sprint, which attracts some of the State’s best sprinters to the Great Southern.

The Mt Barker Wine Producers Association will be at the event, with five wineries from the region exhibiting their produce for tasting and purchase.

The event will also feature a fashions on the field competition, children’s entertainment, live music, and food and drink stalls.

The club is holding a race day luncheon inside their main pavilion, helping to raise money for the fight against motor neurone disease.

Prizes have been donated for a fundraising auction at the luncheon.

Tickets are $110 per person including entry, buffet lunch, drink on arrival and a race book.

Mt Barker Turf Club secretary and Grapes and Gallops manager Raylene Ross said it promised to be another great day.

“We are expecting a big crowd, the response so far has been pretty good,” Ms Ross said.

“If you want a good day out with the family, come along.

“Get dressed up, bring the kids enjoy some great racing, food and wine and lots of entertainment.”

Gates open at 11.30am on Sunday.

There will be buses from Albany, Walpole, Denmark and Mt Barker and return.

Entry cost is $20 for adults, $10 for concession and kids under 18 are free.

For bus tickets, gate passes, table bookings and hamper orders, visit

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