Travelling from abroad this year?
The Margaret River region is a uniquely beautiful corner of the world, offering a diverse range of activities; everything from foraging the local forests to catching the biggest waves.
Whether it’s an indulgent weekend escape you’re planning from within Australia or an extended exploration of the region from overseas – you can create your dream holiday with one of our trusted travel partners. AND GUESS WHAT – They are selling now!
To speak to one of our trusted partners regarding a bespoke package for you and your guests to this years Margaret River Gourmet Escape click here!
2018 Star Line-up & Program Announced!
Not alone in her affection for the event, other returning stars include crowd-favourites Rick andJack Stein, Tetsuya Wakuda, Julien Royer, Ashley Palmer-Watts, Jo Barrett, Mitch Orr and Guy Grossi to name a few. They’ll be joined by an impressive line-up of first-time chefs and wine experts, to host over 45 events in more than 25 unique and breathtaking locations.
A few of the International stars visiting the festival for the first time include Skye Gyngell (Spring, UK), Monica Galetti (Mere, UK), Niki Nakayama (n/naka, USA), Edgar Núñez (SUD 777, Mexico), Rosio Sánchez (Hija de Sanchez, Denmark) and James Lowe (Lyle’s, UK).
New events on the menu include:
- Amelia Park Spring Harvest Dinner: bringing together Skye Gyngell, Danielle Alvarez and Blair Allen to celebrate the incredible local produce and seasonal cooking philosophy shared by all three chefs
- Chow’s Table Chinese Feast: showcasing three young guns of modern Chinese cooking for one high-energy evening of food, drink and story-telling
- Nigella’s Tea Party at Howard Park: serving flutes of sparkling wine and locally baked treats as Lawson talk candidly about life, television and cake
- Julien’s Domain: a memorable dinner that celebrates time, place, great ingredients and the magic that happens when east meats (south)west
- Caves Road Cantina at Black Brewing Co: combining two of the world’s most accomplished Mexican chefs who will serve up a snack party of Mexican delicacies using amazing local produce, washed down with local brews
- Smith & Daughters 90’s Trattoria Dinner: transforming Wise Vineyard Restaurant into a vegan Italian trattoria
- Fishtales with Rick Stein at Wills Domain: providing food for thought and seafood delights
Iconic and much-loved events including the Gourmet Beach BBQ, Feast in the Forest, Sunset Beats & Bites, Fraser Gallop Estate Long Lunch, Dining by Twilight at Margaret River’s Secret Garden and the Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate will return to the 2018 program.
How To Nail Your Instagram!
No matter which season you visit Margaret River you are guaranteed to be welcomed with breathtaking scenery, internationally renowned wineries and some seriously jaw-dropping beaches. All this beauty encapsulated in one region leaves you with the perfect opportunity to up your Instagram game.
Check out our top picks for most instagrammable locations in this gem of a region!
1. Enjoy a superb sunset like no other.
Sugarloaf Rock – (@youngadventuress via instagram)
2. Venture to the most south-westerly point of Australia.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse- (@youngadventuress via instagram)
3. This one may only occur once a year but a BBQ of this scale on Castle Rock Beach is a MUST for your feed.
The Gourmet Beach BBQ – (@youngadventuress via instagram)
4. Take a dip into heaven
Injidup Natural Spas – (@thewanderfullylost via instagram)
5. Feast your eyes on Busselton Jetty, the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere
6. Make some new friends in the waters of Hamelin Bay
7. Okay this place may not be in Margaret River but how could we leave out the iconic Quokka photo that you need to capture on Rottnest Island.
Rottnest Island – (@youngadventuress via instagram)
Get Chunky’s Giant Chewy Cookies
Get Chunky is known for creating the most mouthwatering, over the top, chewy cookies and we have been lucky enough to get an exclusive recipe just for you to try at home!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
1 x cup plain flour
1 x cup rolled oats
1 x cup desiccated coconut
1/2 x cup brown sugar
1/4 x cup caster sugar
125g x unsalted butter
2 x TBS golden syrup
1 x tsp bicarb soda
1/2 x tsp salt
2 x TBS boiling water
1. Preheat fan forced oven to 140 degrees. Line baking trays with baking paper
2. Place butter and golden syrup in a saucepan over low heat. When the butter is melted, add the bicarb soda, hot water and stir until well combined then remove from heat.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the dry ingredients (flour, sugars, oats, salt and coconut)
4. Add butter mixture to dry ingredients and stir together until well combined.
5. Roll the dough into 100g balls and only place about 6 dough balls per tray. Using your palm, press down onto the dough to create 1cm thick cookies.
6. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. The longer you bake the crispier the cookie.
7. Let cool on baking trays for a few minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
Don’t have time to get creative and make cookies yourself? Check out Get Chunky’s Instagram page to find out where you can buy these giant pockets of gooey deliciousness!
Image credit: Urban List Perth