Celebrity Chefs Lead Western Australia’s Biggest Food Event

Margaret River Gourmet Escape, the annual bites-and-drinks affair, will be back on November 16 to 19, and it’s better than ever. The five-year-old annual event, which will feature the country’s biggest names in dining, has prepared an impressive line-up of parties and tastings.

A key highlight of this year’s festival is the Audi Gourmet Beach BBQ, happening from November 16 to November 19. Dance the days and nights away on the shores of Castle Rock Beach accompanied by delicious food cooked by celebrity chefs. Leading the roster is Curtis Stone, owner of Los Angeles-based restaurants Gwen and Maude. Other big names gracing the event include British chef and restaurateur Rick Stein, owner of Rick Stein at Bannisters; Peter Kuruvita, the man behind Noosa Beach House; and Josh Niland, founder of Sydney eatery Saint Peter. VIP tickets are available for those looking for a more private experience.

Wine connoisseurs can head over to Margaret River Icon Tasting sessions, where wine writer Nick Stock will be on hand to guide participants. Held at Leeuwin Estate Art Gallery, the event will also feature experts who will take participants through the wines that the region are known for, such as cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay.

Exclusive wine tasting at the Leeuwin Estate.

Exclusive wine tasting at the Leeuwin Estate. All photos courtesy of Margaret River Gourmet Escape.

On November 17, check out Cape Mentelle International Cabernet Tasting and Long Lunch where you’ll taste fine wines and enjoy a sumptuous lunch prepared by chef and book author Kate Lamont. Alternatively, for those that prefer white wine, on November 18 join the Cullen Wines 32nd International Chardonnay Tasting. Get to taste 21 of the world’s best Chardonnays and enjoy a sumptuous lunch prepared by French chef Guillaume Brahimi of Iron Chef’s Australian edition.

Inside Cape Mentelle's wine tasting.

Inside Cape Mentelle’s wine tasting.

American culinary expert Kyle Connaughton will be headlining A World of Difference: Arimia Estate on November 17. Renowned for his adventurous cooking, the founder of California restaurant Single Thread Farms is a proponent of farm-to-table cuisine, which he will prepare during dinner.

A peek into the dinner at Arimia Estate.

A peek into the dinner at Arimia Estate.

The festival is one of Australia’s biggest events and has won awards such “Best Tourism Event” and “Best Regional Event” at the Australian Event Awards (AEA) in 2016. Whether you’re looking to savor delicious meals, taste the world’s best wines, or looking to dance the night away, find out more about the Gourmet Escape 2017’s plethora of exciting events on their website. Tickets are now available starting from US$182.


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