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An abundance of produce and talent from the Porongurup area will be served up for all at the annual Porongurup Festival this Sunday.

Known for its annual celebration of the ancient tradition of winemaking, the grape stomp, the day is part of the Taste Great Southern calendar and draws people from across the State.

New this year will be an art display by locals.

Festival secretary Nichola Broad said winery samples, demonstrations, entertainment and food trucks put the region’s best at the forefront for visitors to discover.

“Porongurup is a sacred place, filled with magic and energy — from the spectacular Castle Rock Granite Skywalk, to the secret huts hidden in the bushland. The area’s beauty is respected by many,” she said.

“It’s unique geography creates the ideal growing conditions for riesling and pinot noir, which are recognised around the world for their refined and unique character.”

Ms Broad said eight local wineries and producers were offered the opportunity to showcase their products with their cooking demonstrations and masterclasses.

“This year in our Chef’s Tent, we feature locally grown Mt Barker chicken, Plantagenet pork, pomegranates from Pomegranate Hill, cheeses from Porongurup Pure and olives from Jilba,” she said.

“Internationally acclaimed winemaker and owner of Castle Rock Estate, Rob Diletti, will showcase local riesling and pinot noir in all three of our wine masterclasses, and respected founder and master distiller, Cameron Syme from Limeburner’s Distillery, will feature locally made sour-mash whiskies in our whisky masterclass.”

The Porongurup Festival runs from 11am to 5pm on Sunday at 153 Woodlands Road.

Buses are available from Denmark, Albany and Mt Barker. Registrations for the Grape Stomp open at 11am on Sunday.

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