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Be sure to visit the epicenter of the fesitval, the Gourmet Village! Over the weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November (11.00am – 5.30pm) the world-renowned Leeuwin Estate vineyard comes alive as festival-goers rub shoulders with some of the world’s best chefs and food and wine experts including Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein & Guy Grossi!
Don’t miss The Audi Gourmet Beach BBQ; the iconic symbol of the Margaret River Gourmet Escape presented by Audi, and a quintessential celebration of Western Australia’s laid-back coastal lifestyle and stunning produce.
The Kimberley Quest II crew joins forces with Oliver Gould and the team from popular beachside diner Shorehouse in Swanbourne, WA for a leisurely epicurean cruise in which Western Australian seafood and produce is the star. Plentiful roving canapés will be served with premium Evans & Tate wines.
A highlight on the Margaret River Gourmet Escape program since its inception, book in for the Fraser Gallop Long Lunch, held at the private residence of this award-winning Wilyabrup winery, delights festival-goers each year. Chef Guillaume Brahimi (from Sydney’s Guillaume and Bistro Guillaume in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney) will prepare a delectable feast using the finest Western Australian produce, and talk to guests about how he uses French technique to get the best out of the bounty of produce in his adopted home.
For an immersive cultural experience attend the Twilight ‘Koombal Dreaming with the Worlds Best Event. In this very special twilight event, curated for the festival and attended by festival guest chefs, Koomal will lead guests on a bushwalk to forage for coastal bush foods, then into Ngilgi Cave to hear Dreamtime legends and a mesmerising didgeridoo performance. The intimate event, which will include snacks based on native foods, prepared by Koomal, accompanied by Margaret River wines, is the ultimate appetizer for a night of further festival enchantment.
For a unique experience book into a Chef’s Table Under The Stars. For this year’s Gourmet Escape, the gorgeous Happs Winery in conjunction with Netflix, will transform itself into the ultimate open-air cinema to host a unique movie night under the stars screening two episodes from the latest season of the documentary series Chef’s Table.
Margaret River Gourmet Escape presented by Audi, 18-20th November, is a unique opportunity to discover wondrous produce, taste world-renowned wines and meet internationally celebrated chefs, food producers and winemakers amongst the extraordinary natural beauty of the Margaret River Region. Over 50 culinary superstars from around the world will share their knowledge and passion across an abundance of mesmerising food encounters to celebrate the festival’s 5th anniversary.
The heart of the festival is the Gourmet Village, held at the iconic Leeuwin Estate winery. Indulge in local dishes from the Gourmet Village Restaurants, try your hand in a cooking school or visit one of many Gourmet Village feature areas. Dust up on your craft beer knowledge in a Gourmet Village Brewhouse beer tasting or learn the basics of tasting wine in informal tastings at Around the Barrel sessions. Add to your Gourmet Escape by booking a ticket to one of the host of Satellite Events held around the region.
Whether you are a lover of fine food, award winning wines, pristine surf breaks, rugged coastal walks or simply wanting to tick that Margaret River holiday off your bucket list, there is something for everyone in the Margaret River Region
Food, wine and a legendary culinary line up in one of the most beautiful places on earth? Count yourself in, and let the feast begin.
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