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In 2019 we are coming back bigger and better for Western Australia Gourmet Escape presented by Westpac from 8-17 November.

10 days of extraordinary events starting in the Swan Valley(8-10 Nov), extending to Perth (11-14 Nov) and ending in the Margaret River wine region (15-17 Nov). A truly magical showcase of Western Australia’s premium produce and wine, with celebrated international and Australian culinary talent. 

Ticket will be on sale through Ticketek from 9am AEST on Wednesday 18 July. For those travelling from outside of WA there are also a selection of Travel Partners selling full service packages to the festival. To be the first to know of festival announcements be sure to sign up to our online newsletter and follow our social channels by heading to the bottom of our website.

See the Program and Stars pages of the website to find out which food, wine and music stars will be joining the festival line up in 2019 (announced on 10 July). To be the first to hear about festival announcements and updates be sure to sign up to our online newsletter and follow our social channels by heading to the bottom of our website.

A lot of our events are very popular and demand can be high. We encourage you to look for alternative events to attend over the ten days if the one you want has sold out quickly. Please add your details to our wait list so we can contact you if new events or tickets become available. Occasionally tickets become available if new sessions are added/capacities can be increased, or if travel partner tickets are released. You will only be contacted if additional inventory becomes available, there are no guarantees. 

Many of our events are truly intimate and unique experiences which means that tickets are limited and in high demand. If you missed out on a particular event check out some of the other related options in our full event program. We encourage you to look for alternative events to attend over the ten days if the one you want has sold out quickly. Please add your your details here to join our wait list. Occasionally tickets become available if new sessions are added/capacities can be increased, or if travel partner tickets are released. You will only be contacted if additional inventory becomes available, there are no guarantees. 

If you would like to get involved in Gourmet Escape please email info@gourmetescape.com.au and your enquiry will be passed on to the relevant team member.

If you are a brand or artisan producer that is keen to find out more about how Gourmet Escape can help connect you with passionate food, wine and travel enthusiasts please email culinary@img.com

Yes, the star line up and event program are subject to change. 

BY PLANE

Fly into Perth international airport, which is serviced by over 20 international, domestic and regional airlines. 

From the airport it is about a 10-minute drive to the Swan Valley – There are a number of local transport companies offering travel by airport shuttle, taxi, rideshare and car hire.  See Swan Valley for all your travel options.

BY CAR

If you are travelling from Perth, the Swan Valley is only a short 25-minute drive. There are a number of local transport companies offering travel by taxi, rideshare and car hire. See City of Perth for all your travel options.

If you are travelling from Margaret River it is about a three and a half hour drive.  Southwest Coachlines and TransWA provide daily shuttles to Perth from the Margaret River region. From there it is only a 25-minute drive to Swan Valley. See City of Perth for all travel options.

BY PLANE

Fly into Perth international airport, which is serviced by over 20 international, domestic and regional airlines. 

From there you will be able to travel into Perth’s CBD via one of the multiple car services presented at the airport. See City of Perth for all your transport needs.

BY CAR

If you are travelling from the Margaret River region to Perth, it is about a three-hour drive. Southwest Coachlines and TransWA provide shuttles to and from the two regions on a scheduled basis. Or if you prefer to do the drive yourself there are multiple car hire companies local to the Margaret River region and Perth. To find more information on your travel options, Your Margaret River Region and City of Perth have all that you need.

If you are travelling from the Swan Valley, Perth is only a short 25-minute drive. There are a number of local transport companies offering travel by taxi, rideshare and car hire. Alternatively, there are the local train and bus services offering transportation from Swan Valley. See Swan Valley for all your travel options.

BY PLANE

Fly into Perth International Airport, which is serviced by over 20 international, domestic and regional airlines.

From the airport, it’s about a three-hour drive to the Margaret River region, where you can choose to base yourself in any of the major accommodation destinations; Busselton, Dunsborough, Yallingup or Margaret River.

BY BUS

South West Coachlines connects Perth and the South West region, departing daily from the City Bus Port, Domestic Airport & International Airport, Perth. South West destinations include Margaret River, Dunsborough, Busselton, Manjimup, Collie, and Bunbury. TransWA also operates a daily bus service from East Perth.

For bus schedules to and from The Gourmet Village visit South West Coach Lines!

Want to join us but haven’t got around to booking? Let our handy travel partners arrange everything for you including tickets, accommodation, flights, and transfers. 

The Swan Valley, Perth and Margaret River Regions have accommodation to suit everyone. Whether you want a luxurious escape or need room for friends and family you can find something to suit your budget.

For convenience, we recommend you take a look at our individual pages for the Swan Valley, Perth and Margaret River where you will find all your travel and accommodation questions answered!

We encourage you to make the most of your visit to these beautiful regions and plan your trip in advance. Why not check out our travel packages available.

Find more regional information relating to travel distance, driving times, accommodation, attractions, and tours, visit Swan Valley Tourism Centre, City of Perth and Your Margaret River Region.

Yes. Western Australia runs on AWST and is one and half an hours* behind South Australia and  the Northern Territory, whilst it runs two hours* behind New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland.

*Western Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory do not observe Daylight Savings (Summer) Time. During this time Western Australia is three hours behind New South Wales, Victoria & Tasmania and two and a half hours behind South Australia

Although we do love our furry friends here at Western Australia Gourmet Escape presented by Westpac, due to restrictions regarding food safety and hygiene, we cannot allow animals onto the premises of any of our events. We can allow service dogs access to the venue if they are correctly identified. 

All ticket purchasers are subject to Ticketing Terms and Conditions 

By purchasing tickets, patrons accept and agree to the following terms and conditions.

Ticket Conditions- All Events

  • Only valid tickets holders will be permitted admissions to our events,  Gourmet Feast in the Valley (at Sandalford in the Swan Valley) the Gourmet Village (at Leeuwin Estate Winery).  
  • For our dinner and lunch events all adults and children entering the venue must hold a ticket.
  • Visitors to every event agree to the Onsite Filming & Photography Disclaimer
  • International Management Group of America Pty Ltd reserve the right to vary performing artists, chefs, talent and the advertised program should circumstances require it to do so.
  • In the event of a cancellation, International Management Group of America Pty Ltd will not be liable for any expenses, costs, loss or damage, whether direct or consequential, that may be incurred as a result of cancelled accommodation, transfers, hire charges or by any other circumstances or matters.
  • No unauthorised on-selling of tickets is permitted.
  • International Management Group of America Pty Ltd reserve the right to cancel or change event dates, time, logistics, line up and venue as required. Tickets purchased to the event are non-refundable. Alternative dates, venues and times may be issued to ticket holders at the discretion and decision of the organisers’.
  • Please read our privacy policy

Are tickets refundable?

Regardless of whether the Gourmet Escape venue is indoor or outdoor all events will proceed whether rainy or dry. Plan ahead with appropriate clothing and bring your sense of adventure! There will be no refunds.

Gourmet Village- Ticket Conditions

  • A Gourmet Village ticket is only valid for 1 day as stated on the ticket. An event ticket is only valid for the time and date specified. 
  • Entry is free for Minors (17 years old and under). Minors will only be permitted into the site if they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • You must remain inside marked areas at all times and follow instructions given to you by officials.
  • You enter the Gourmet Village at your own risk and International Management Group of America Pty Ltd or Leeuwin Estate Winery will be NOT liable for any injury, loss or damage you may suffer.
  • Gourmet Village is an alfresco venue. The Gourmet Village will proceed rain, hail or shine.  No refunds.

 

Gourmet Feast in the Valley- Ticket Conditions

  • A Gourmet Feast in the Valley ticket is only valid for 1 day as stated on the ticket. An event ticket is only valid for the time and date specified. 
  • Entry is free for children 4 years and under. There are Junior tickets available for minors aged 5-17 years old. Minors (17 years old and under) will only be permitted into the site if they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • You must remain inside marked areas at all times and follow instructions given to you by officials.
  • You enter Gourmet Feast in the Valley at your own risk and International Management Group of America Pty Ltd or Sandalford Estate will be NOT liable for any injury, loss or damage you may suffer.
  • Gourmet Feast in the Valley is an alfresco venue. GOurmet Feast in the Valley will proceed rain, hail or shine.  No refunds.

 

 

A senior discounted ticket to Gourmet Feast in the Valley is $50 in advance on Saturday 9th and $30 in advance for Sunday 10th November (saving $10).  Box office tickets are subject to availability. 

A seniors discounted ticket to Gourmet Village is $32 in advance and $40 from the Box Office on either Saturday 16th or Sunday 17th November (saving $10) 

There are no discounts applied to any other events.

Parking is available but is very limited at certain venues and the wine will be flowing. So we strongly advise visitors to take advantage of bus services in the Margaret River region or taxi services in Perth or the Swan Valley.  

Swan Valley Events

Note there will be no bus transfers to the Swan Valley dinners or lunches, we encourage you to take taxis to these venues. The Swan Valley is easily accessible from Perth and the surrounds (approximately 25 minutes from Perth CBD).

There is plenty of parking at Sandalford Estate, the home of Gourmet Feast in the Valley, however we encourage anyone that plans to drink alcoholic drinks to use public transport or taxis to get to the festival. For travel to Gourmet Feast in the Valley there will be a complimentary bus service running between Guildford train station and Sandalford Estate. 

For guidance on getting around the Swan Valley visit SwanValley.com.au

Margaret River Events

For bus timetables and bookings to the Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate please visit South West Coach Lines 

Please see Gannaways charters and tours for information on buses to the below Margaret River  events. 

  1. Westpac Gourmet Beach BBQ 
  2. Safari Club Cookout 
  3. Sunset Beats & Bites 
  4. The Official Closing Party

For guidance on getting around the Margaret River region visit margaretriver.com

No. It is a liquor licensing requirement that ALCOHOL IS NOT PERMITTED TO LEAVE THE VENUES under any circumstances.

Gourmet Feast in the Valley and The Gourmet Village alcohol sales, for onsite consumption, cease to trade ½ hour before the end of the festivals. Both Gourmet Feast in the Valley and The Gourmet Village will be made up of a mix of exhibiting producers and winery stands. They are more or less split into onsite consumables (to enjoy whilst there) and products for offsite consumption (to enjoy at home).  The offsite consumables are seen as take home products such as bottles of wine, gourmet produce and possible kitchenware goods.

Responsible Service of Alcohol

Event Organiser, Exhibitors and Restaurants can refuse to serve you alcohol if security believe that you are ‘intoxicated’. We will assume you are ‘intoxicated’ if:

  • Your speech, balance, co-ordination or behaviour is affected; and
  • It is reasonable to believe you are intoxicated

International Management Group of America Pty Ltd  or a police officer can refuse you entry, or ask you to leave, if they think you:

  • Are likely to cause injury to anyone else or damage property, or otherwise cause risk to public safety; or
  • Are disorderly;
  • Are in a non-smoking area; or
  • Have drugs on you

Our events are located within licensed venues and there are strict policies to protect the rights of the wine, produce and exhibitors.  No food, drinks or alcoholic beverages of any kind are to be brought onto the event site.  

There will be plenty of non-alcoholic beverages for sale along with FREE water available onsite. The event organiser reserves the right to search bags on arrival. In line with licensing and responsible service of alcohol laws intoxicated people will not be served. 

Gourmet Feast in the Valley is located at Sandalford Winery in the Swan Valley at 3210 W Swan Rd, Caversham WA 6055.  

You can park at Sandalford Winery, the venue for Gourmet Feast in the Valley, but the wine will be flowing so we suggest that you take advantage of local taxi services or the complimentary shuttle bus that will operate between Guildford Train Station and Sandalford Winery on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November.  

The Gourmet Village is located at Leeuwin Estate Winery, Stevens Road, Margaret River WA 6285. It is a 5 minute drive from the Margaret River Township.

  • Perth: 267km – 3 Hours
  • Busselton: 49km – 30 mins
  • Dunsborough: 46km – 35 mins
  • Yallingup: 42km – 45 mins
  • Augusta: 43km – 45 mins
  • Bunbury: 101km – 1 hour
  • Nannup: 108km – 1 hour
  • Pemberton: 139km – 1.5 hours
  • Walpole: 322km – 3.5 hours
  • Denmark: 328km – 4 hours
  • Albany: 379km – 4.5 hours

You can park at the Gourmet Village, but the wine will be flowing so we suggest you take advantage of bus services and Book Your Bus well in advance. If do you plan to drive there is plenty of parking available at Leeuwin Estate.  

On entering the Leeuwin Estate Winery you will be directed to the car parking area, the rows of which will be marked with a letter of the alphabet.  Please be sure to note of the letter of the row you parked your vehicle in to make it easier to locate your vehicle when you wish to leave. We encourage that you please be responsible when consuming alcohol and strongly advise against drink driving.

For your convenience bus transfers are available from all major accommodation hubs in the Margaret River Wine Region, including; Margaret River Town, Bunbury, Broadwater, Busselton, Dunsborough, Yallingup 

Gourmet Feast in the Valley Disabled Parking

If you have an ACROD pass please enter the estate via the Main Entrance and you will be directed to park in space near the venue. You must display your ACROD pass.

Entry into Gourmet Feast in the Valley- Companion Cards

If a guest requires  the assistance of a carer and the carer hold’s a Companion Card, the carer will not be required to purchase an additional ticket. The Companion Card must be presented on the day in order to gain access.

Gourmet Feast in the Valley Seating

There will be plenty of available seating throughout Gourmet Feast in the Valley for those uncomfortable with sitting low to the ground or with any back problems, etc.  Any carers are, of course, welcome to use any available chairs with permission to move if required.

Gourmet Feast in the Valley Toilets

There is a Accessible Toilet available at Sandalford Winery. 

Gourmet Village Disabled Parking

If you have an ACROD pass please enter the estate via the Main Gate and you will be directed to park in row A. You must display your ACROD pass.

Entry into the Gourmet Village- Companion Cards

If a guest require’s the assistance of a carer and the carer hold’s a Companion Card, the carer will not be required to purchase an additional ticket. The Companion Card must be presented on the day in order to gain access.

Gourmet Village Seating

There will be plenty of available seating throughout the Gourmet Village for those uncomfortable with sitting low to the ground or with any back problems, etc.  Any carers are, of course, welcome to use any available chairs with permission to move if required.

Gourmet Village Toilets

There is an Accessible Toilet on the western end of the winery veranda. This has flat access for wheelchairs.

For enquiries relating to other events please email info@gourmetescape.com.au 

International Management Group of America Pty Ltd has hired Sandalford Estate in the Swan Valley as the venue for Gourmet Feast in the Valley (Sat 9th and Sun 10th Nov 2019).  The festival entrance is different to the Winery entrance so anyone that wishes to visit Sandalford Winery over the weekend of 9 & 10 November can do so through the main entrance. 

Note, unless visitors have a valid ticket to enter the Gourmet Feast in the Valley festival they will not be permitted to enter. All visitors to Gourmet Feast in the Valley are required to leave the venue at the closure of the festival gates each day. 

International Management Group of America Pty Ltd has hired Leeuwin Estate as the venue for the Gourmet Village (Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th November 2019) and it is not open to the public during this time. Unless visitors have a valid ticket they will not be permitted to enter the Village or the winery. All visitors to the Gourmet Village are required to leave the venue at the closure of the festival gates each day.

No smoking is allowed. Sandalford Estate and Leeuwin Estate Wineries are smoke free venues. 

If you are planning to travel to Gourmet Feast in the Valley or The Gourmet Village via helicopter transfer please note that all arrivals/departures must be notified in advance to both the organisers and Sandalford Winery or Leeuwin Estate and it is advised that only the dedicated helicopter landing spot can be used. Any and all arrivals that are not notified will not be granted access to the event. Please email info@gourmetescape.com.au with any enquiries.