The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation will host a grape festival in Junnar from February 19-21. The event will showcase the variety and quality of the produce grown by local farmers and features several engaging activities like boating, winery visits, and heritage walks. Here’s how you can sign up for it. By Eshita Srinivas
A two-hour drive from Pune city, Junnar is known for being home to the largest and longest cave excavations in India. The historical spot is a popular weekend destination for adventurers as well, with multiple trek routes around the Sahyadri mountains. Adding to the list of reasons to visit Junnar is the three-day grape festival that’s being organised by the tourism development corporation of Maharashtra. The event intends to boost grape agro-tourism and will spotlight stunning produce grown by local farmers.
The grape festival in Junnar will feature a variety of grape products and related activities
Want to experience the rural food culture and the view of scenic vineyards? Then visit Junnar Grapes, Tourism Festival 2022 organized by Directorate of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra at Junnar on 18th, 19th, and 20th February and participate in various activities. pic.twitter.com/9EMrmjz7gW
— Maharashtra Tourism (@maha_tourism) February 16, 2022
The grape yards of Junnar are underrated, producing delicious and diverse varieties of fruit every year. Those at the festival will be acquainted with the farmers and their work. Adding to this, Supriya Karmarkar, the deputy director of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) said, “The tourists will be able to enjoy a special tour of farm-fresh grapes, consume and purchase beverages on the spot and witness the entire wine-making process at the festival. We will have a variety of grapes and grape products such as raisins, black currants, grape juice among others,” Free Press Journal reports. Visitors will also get to buy freshly-plucked grapes directly from the farm.
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In addition to this, visitors can head to organized tours of a vineyard and historical monuments around the region like Shivneri Fort. Also on the itinerary are bird-watching activities, boating, trips to Devrai, Naneghat, Gibson memorial, Tamhane museum, Junnar weekly market, and Amba Ambica caves. Besides these, the event will host campfires and cultural programs, Punekar News reports.
The festival aims to familiarize locals and tourists with the work that farmers put in for their produce, “It is an excellent way of helping the grape harvesters extend their reach while giving a chance for them to meet and exchange experience with tourists, experts and business enterprises,” Karmarkar added in the report by Free Press Journal.
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