Gourmet Experiences for Every Budget!
Margaret River Gourmet Escape presented by Audi is showcasing 50 events around the extraordinary region making sure that their is something for everyone!
- Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate
- Sunset Beats & Bites at White Elephant Café
- Yoga in the Vines at Watershed Winery
- The Official Gourmet Escape Closing Party
- Twilight Cape Cultural Tours at Cape Naturaliste
- Feast in the Forest
- The Great Soiree at Fraser Gallop
- A World of Difference: Dinner at Arimia Estate
- Regional Flavours at Amelia Park Winery Restaurant
- Some Like It Hot: Thai Banquet at Wise Winery
WINE LOVERS & LUXURY SEEKERS
- Cape Mentelle International Cabernet Tasting & Long Lunch
- Cullen Wines 32nd International Chardonnay Tasting
- The High Life
Tickets still available to these exciting and versatile events, so to avoid missing out head to Ticketek to book now.
Five minutes with Josh Niland
Josh Niland began his professional career at the early age of 17, moving to Sydney where he discovered a huge affinity working with fish. Over the years he has gained experience all around the world including Heston Blumenthal’s three Michelin starred The Fat Duck Development Kitchen in Bray.
In September 2016, Chef Josh Niland and his wife Julie opened Saint Peter, a small fish eatery in Paddington, Sydney. Saint Peter is a place where the menu is driven by those initial memories of fun and entertainment and an excitement from his childhood connection to the wonders of cooking. They select the best quality fish available each morning, meaning the menu changes daily. We caught up with Josh at Saint Peters and this is what we learnt!
Favourite Food? Avocado
Favourite Drink? Coffee
Favourite Cuisine? Australian
Favourite WA ingredient? Donnybrook Marron
What is your guilty food pleasure? Avocado on toast with too much salt
Sweet or Savoury? Savoury
Burgers or Pizza? Pizza
If you we’re an ingredient what would you be? Fish
Favourite fish to eat ? Pearl Perch
If you could work with any chef who would it be? and why ? Thomas Keller from the French Laundry in California because of his extreme search for perfection and attention to detail
If you weren’t a chef what would you profession be? Policeman
If you could have a super power what would it be? Flying
What is your favourite meal to enjoy with a glass of wine? Grilled Chicken and Sticky Rice – Thai Style!
What are you looking forward to most at Gourmet Escape? Handling the local produce and hopefully cooking on the beach from what I’ve seen it looks so beautiful.
And The Stars Keep Rolling In!
International Culinary Star Kris Yenbamroong will be travelling all the way from Los Angeles to join us at this years Margaret River Gourmet Escape presented by Audi. His incredible journey has transitioned from growing up in his family owned restaurant, Talesai with no culinary training to now being the head chef at NIGHT + MARKET restaurant which was recently named the 24th best restaurant in the Los Angeles Times.
His aim to make the most delicious and authentic Thai food to facilitate drinking and fun-having amongst friends makes him the perfect chef to cook alongside David Thompson & Heath Townsend at Some Like It Hot: Thai Banquet at Wise Winery on Sunday 19th November at 12:00pm.
After welcome drinks on the balcony, the team will be preparing a sumptuous long table feast of mod-Thai favourites. Local craft beer and Wise wines, made under the direction of award-winning winemaker Larry Cherubino, will accompany your meal.
Tickets on sale now
The moment has arrived, Margaret River Gourmet Escape presented by Audi, is now ON SALE! Discover the world of fresh produce, Sip on world-renowned wines and be inspired by internationally celebrated all in the natural beauty of the Margaret River region from 16-19th November.
Over 50 culinary stars will be joining us this year including the talented Rick Stein, Aussie favourite Luke Nguyen, May Chow (Asia’s Best Female Chef) and Alex Atala (#16 in Worlds 50 Best Restaurants) to share their knowledge, experiences and passions, plus Curtis Stone will be making a special appearance to officially open the festival!
As always, we have a collection of once in a lifetime culinary experiences for you to indulge in within our 2017 programme. New events this year include luxury scenic helicopter ride with Paul Iskov at The High Life and a feast for the senses cooked up by Andre Chiang at Octaphilosophy meets Will Domain. Alongside the ever-popular Gourmet Village are our returning favourites such as the iconic Audi Gourmet Beach BBQ, Feast in the Forest and seafood-infused The Nautical Feast aboard the Kimberley Quest II to name a few.
Look who’s joining the Margaret River Gourmet Escape Party!
Culinary stars from around the world including Curtis Stone, Rick Stein, Alex Atala and Pierre Koffman will converge in Western Australia’s south west region this November for the Margaret River Gourmet Escape presented by Audi. Taking place across 16-19 November, the four-day food, produce and wine extravaganza will put the unparalleled bounties of Margaret River front and centre, helping the region celebrates its 50th anniversary of commercial wine production in extraordinary style.
Tickets go on sale this Friday (12pm AWST 28 July), with an extra day added to the programme, including an appetising line-up of new talent and events.
Curtis Stone will officially open the festival at an additional session of the iconic Audi Gourmet Beach BBQ on Thursday evening; with other new events including the Great Soiree at Fraser Gallop Estate; The High Life with Paul Iskov (a helicopter lunch); and the Official Closing Party at White Elephant Café.
The heartbeat of the festival, the Gourmet Village, will have a fresh feel for 2017 with the main stage hosted by multi-talented comedian, actor/presenter and musician Matt Okine, plus music programming throughout the day including a secret closing act on Sunday evening. 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. Once the masterpiece is complete, the lucky group will enjoy the meal alongside their culinary idols.
Wine-lovers are in for a treat this year, with world renowned wine critic Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW (UK) attending many events across the weekend, and a plethora of once in a lifetime wine events including 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. Jancis will be joined by some of Australia’s most respected wine personalities and journalists including James Halliday, Huon Hooke and Nick Stock.
Curtis (of acclaimed Maude & Gwen Restaurants, Los Angeles) will join over 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 (D.O.M., Brasil), David Thompson (#28 Nahm, Thailand), Ashley Palmer-Watts (#36 Dinner by Heston, UK) and Rodolfo Guzman (#42 Borago, Chile). Together they will all head to Margaret River and collaborate with the country’s best as they showcase the region’s exceptional food and wine.
Asia’s Best Female Chef, May Chow (Little Bao, Hong Kong) will join highly acclaimed chefs including Pierre Koffmann (UK), Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese, USA), Kyle Connaughton (SingleThread Farm, USA), and Kris Yenbamroong (NIGHT + MARKET, USA) who join the Gourmet Escape line up for the first time to collaborate on events showcasing premium local produce and stunning locations Margaret River is famous for.
Tickets available through Ticketek from 12pm 28 July (AWST) – www.ticketek.com.au/gourmetescape