Margaret River's Gourmet Escape: a foodie masterpiece

Margaret River's Gourmet Escape: a foodie masterpiece


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Every November, Western Australia’s stunning Margaret River region welcomes a hot bed of the world’s most celebrated Michelin star chefs and winemakers. The 2017 offering is set to be their biggest and best yet

What do you get when you combine the sparkling waters of WA's south-west region, hundreds of the world's culinary heroes and an endless supply of smooth velvety reds? A sea-side foodie festival dreamed up in heaven.

The team behind Margaret River's Gourmet Escape have just released a taste of their 2017 program, and it's enough to lasso us over to the rugged coastline of the Wild West.

Headlined by home-grown favourite and chef royalty Curtis Stone, the four-day festival taking place from 16-19 November puts the unparalleled bounties of Margaret River front and centre, with a record number of events taking place among the extraordinary beauty of Australia's south west.

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Paying homage to the region's 50th anniversary of commercial wine production, the highlights of the weekend include the Cape Mentelle International Cabernet Tasting and Long Lunch; the Cullen Wines 32nd International Chardonnay Tasting; plus fringe events including the '50 Years in the Making' Tasting at Vasse Felix and the Leeuwin Art Series Dinner.

World renowned wine critic Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW (UK) will be in attendance at many events, as will some of Australia's most respected wine personalities and journalists including James Halliday, Huon Hooke and Nick Stock.

LA based Curtis Stone will join more than 50 of the world's leading food and wine personalities, including chefs from the World's Best Restaurants, Andre Chiang (#14 Restaurant Andre, Singapore), Alex Atala (#16 D.O.M., Brasil), David Thompson (#28 Nahm, Thailand), Ashley Palmer-Watts (#36 Dinner by Heston, UK) and Rodolfo Guzman (#42 Borago, Chile).

Other new events include The Great Soiree at Fraser Gallop Estate; The High Life with Paul Iskov (a helicopter lunch); and the launch of the Official Closing Party at White Elephant Café. Visitors can expect some extraordinary dining collaborations; Fermoy Estate will host a dinner featuring Clayton Wells with Mejakawi (Bali); and Alex Atala (Brazil) joins forces with Porteno (Sydney) at Larry Cherubino.

The heartbeat of the festival, the Gourmet Village, will have a fresh feel for 2017 with the main stage hosted by multitalented comedian, actor/presenter and musician Matt Okine, plus music programming throughout the day including a secret closing act on Sunday evening. New attractions include The Lurpak Cookery School & a 'Giniversity' along with returning favourites such as Wusthof Knife Skillery, Around the Barrel, Icon Tastings and Battle of the Breweries.

Also making its debut in 2017, The World's Best Chef's Table is an exclusive and very intimate, once in a lifetime restaurant experience nestled in the heart of the Gourmet Village. Guests can pull up a stool and savour a glass of the region's best wine alongside some of the world's most coveted chefs from the top 50 list as they create a dish showcasing incredible WA produce. 

Tickets available through Ticketek from 12pm 28 July (AWST)

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