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Marco Pierre White declares Gourmet Escape the
"Greatest show on Earth"

The dishes have been cleared at the 2019 Western Australia Gourmet Escape presented by Westpac after ten days of 60 extraordinary events hosted by 50 global culinary stars, and declared by superstar chef Marco Pierre White as the ‘Greatest show on Earth’.

The 2019 festival saw it expand beyond Margaret River and into Perth and Swan Valley and with the addition of the first ever World Gourmet Symposium and featured once-in-a-lifetime chef collaborations. Culinary stars included Marco Pierre White, David Chang, Kobus van der Merwe, Colin Fassnidge and more who bought together over 22,000 foodies at the event.


Record Breaking Year

A depth of international culinary talent, sensational produce, food and wine, stunning venues, new event concepts, and a greater variety of price points made the 2018 Margaret River Gourmet Escape presented by Westpac a standout.

The Festival brought together 60 culinary superstars from Western Australia and around the world including crowd favourites Nigella Lawson, Rick and Jack Stein, Julien Royer, Niki Nakayama and Skye Gyngell, who were joined by more than 20,000 attendees for the seventh and most successful instalment of the extraordinary festival of food and wine since it began in 2012…


Experience Extraordinary

Margaret River Gourmet Escape marked its sixth year over the 16 – 19 November 2017 and cemented its reputation as one of the most successful world-class food and wine events to date. Australian culinary royalty Curtis Stone was joined by more than 50 of the world’s leading food and wine personalities for the four-day festival, which this year celebrated the famed wine region’s 50th anniversary with a record number of events.

Tn 2017 Gourmet Escape received some astonishing accolades from the Australian Event Awards and Australian Tourism awards emphasising the impact it has on the culinary and wine community.



Critical Acclaim

Margaret River Gourmet Escape is an extraordinary festival of food and wine which continues to surprise the public each and every year, attracting some of the world’s best chefs, sommeliers and critics. It’s our ability to consistently produce a bigger and better festival every year that has led us to being acknowledged by some of the best.

In 2016 Gourmet Escape once again received critical acclaim from international culinary and wine master circles and was awarded the Best Tourism Event and the Best Regional Event at the Australian Event Awards…



Extraordinary Western Australia

From dinners in caves, to collaborations in wineries and seafood out at sea, the 2015 event didn’t disappoint in showing off how beautiful West Australia is. Since it’s inception in 2012 the Gourmet Escape vision has been to create a premier food and wine festival to amplify Western Australia as a world class gourmet food and wine destination of choice.

The extraordinary Margaret River region has gained a fan club of culinary influencers including Marco Pierre White, Guillaume Brahimi and George Calombaris who’ve fallen in love with the region’s unique offering.



The festival doubles in size since its inception in 2012

Margaret River Gourmet Escape aims to deliver a program unlike any other which incorporates a lauded international and local line up of 49 food and wine talent including the likes of Heston Blumenthal, Massimo Bottura, Rick Stein and Peter Gilmore. The festival also attracts significant national and international media exposure with journalists from the UK, Germany, Singapore, New Zealand, China, USA and Indonesia attending the 2014 event. The 2014 festival truly upped the ante, delivering a truly unique and exceptional program of events to ensure the region and all it has to offer to international, interstate and local audiences are represented with a massive weekend for lovers of food, wine, music and fun…


“Honestly, I don’t think that there is any other food event on this planet like this!” said Heston Blumenthal of the 2013 Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Recently winning “Best New Event” at the 2013 Australian Event Awards, Margaret River Gourmet Escape delivered a program unlike any other which incorporates a lauded international and local line up of food and wine talent, including the likes of Heston Blumenthal, Rick Stein, Alex Atala, Tetsuya Wakuda and Matt Stone.

The 2013 iteration saw an attendance of 15,475* across the three-day culinary festival and experienced unique events set in the most picturesque of locations showcasing the region as a world-class food and wine destination including gourmet beach BBQ’s, foraging events, collaboration dinners, pop up restaurants and panel discussions.


The inaugural Margaret River Gourmet Escape launches with sell out crowds

Margaret River Gourmet Escape launched with sell-out crowds at varying events across the four-day culinary extravaganza including Gourmet Beach BBQ’s, special dinners, long lunches and the heart of the festival, the Gourmet Village. It has set the stage for an annual festival showcasing Western Australia as a true food and wine destination.

Delivering a food and wine program and a lauded international line up never seen before in Western Australia, feedback from talent, sponsors, organisers and visitors was overwhelmingly positive, far exceeding expectations.