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New Events For Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Thanks to overwhelming ticket sales, a selection of tasty new events have been added to this year’s Margaret River Gourmet Escape making it the largest and most diverse program in the Festival’s history.

Gourmet Escape - Feast in The Forest (image supplied)

Gourmet Escape – Feast in The Forest (image supplied)

Plenty of new events have been added to the festival calendar with highlights including Joost Bakker and chef Matt Stone (Oakridge Wines, Yarra Valley) who will reunite for a waste-free dinner, bringing Melbourne’s sustainable Brothl back to life for one night only; pop up restaurant, Fervor will debut for a truly unique and unforgettable dinner in the Boranup Forest; and a long lunch amongst the wine barrels at Devil’s Lair prepared by Lamont’s with matched wines. For those looking for a luxurious long lunch, No. 23 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List, Vladimir Mukhin (White Rabbit, Moscow) and George Cooper from Food by the Chef have been given exclusive access to one of the South West’s most prestigious private gardens, Margaret River’s Secret Garden, and will create an amazing lunch for guests.

New faces to the festival include Jo Barrett (Oakridge Wines, Yarra Valley) and Heath Townsend (Wise Vineyard Restaurant) who will join Chris Salans (Mozaic, Bali) and Matt Stone (Oakridge Wines, Yarra Valley) at the Wise Wine Restaurant for a collaborative Farm, Forage, Graze long lunch celebrating local foraged ingredients matched to wines from the Wise vineyard.

Packed with events, wine tastings, masterclasses, Q&As, cooking demonstrations in the Miele Chef’s Theatre and conversations with international and renowned culinary legends, the buzzing Gourmet Village located in the grounds of Leeuwin Estate will be the center of the action, taking over the region throughout Margaret River Gourmet Escape.

There are still limited tickets available to other exciting events including An Audience With Marco Pierre White presented by Miele at Voyager Estate, Battle of the Breweries at The Common at Margaret’s Beach Resort, Brunch with the Best at Voyager Estate and An International Cabernet Celebration at Cape Mentelle with international chef, David Thompson.

The line-up of new events will go on sale Tuesday 15th September at 2pm AWST. To see the full program, visit For more information on holidaying in Western Australia, visit

Rockstar Chef To Headline Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2015 is set to be bigger than ever before, with the announcement of international headline chef, the ‘Godfather of modern cooking’, Marco Pierre White. Marco will take part in the three-day culinary extravaganza, with a full program of events hosted by over 40 of the world’s leading food and wine personalities and showcasing the best of WA and the Margaret River Wine region. Tickets go on sale at midday on Tuesday 28th July (AWST). The 2015 Margaret River gourmet Escape will be held 20 –22 November 2015.

Marco-Pierre White

Marco-Pierre White (supplied)

Marco has built an empire of London restaurants and was the youngest chef to win three Michelin stars and this year celebrates the 25th anniversary of his cookbook, White Heat, “the coolest cookbook ever written”. Known for his fiery nature, the famed British chef, author and restaurateur will engage with Margaret River Gourmet Escape’s audience and showcase quintessential produce and wine from the South West.

One of the most anticipated events across the three-day Margaret River Gourmet Escape will see Marco host a Q&A over dinner at the exquisite Vasse Felix winery with his alumni Jock Zonfrillo, Richard Turner and Patrick Spencer.  These great chefs will re- create signature dishes that the then young chefs had to produce under Michelin starred pressure from the kitchens of Marco Pierre White’s eponymous restaurants.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Margaret River Gourmet Escape (supplied)

From all corners of the world, an incredible and unique coming together of global talent, six of whom are from the *S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best list will join Marco on the Margaret River stage to inspire and excite guests through a mutual respect of biodiversity and sustainability making their trip to a region rich in these practices.

To see the full program of events, visit
Tickets available through Ticketek from 28th July (AWST)

Celebrate truffle season in Manjimup (WA)

The Margaret River Region’s neighbouring area of Manjimup, renowned as part of the Southern Forests “food bowl”, is home to some of the world’s best truffles.

Manjumup Truffles

Manjumup Truffles

Visitors to the Margaret River Region can self-drive on a day trip to the Manjimup region, or take a fully inclusive day tour to Oak Valley Truffle Farm in Manjimup followed by a decadent truffle-themed lunch at Watershed Premium Wines in Margaret River.

And don’t miss the Truffle Kerfuffle to celebrate truffle season, from 26 – 28 June 2015.  Book yourself a masterclasses with a sensational lineup of chefs, head off on a truffle hunt or simply sit back and enjoy the atmosphere of the marketplace with food, wine, and beer.


Margaret River gets Electric Avenue

Drivers of electric cars will soon have drastically improved access to the Margaret River Region, with RAC officially launching its ‘Electric Highway®’ next week – the first of its kind in Australia.

The RAC Electric Highway is a network of publicly accessible electric vehicle fast-charging DC stations located between Perth and Augusta, allowing electric car owners to travel to and from the Margaret River Region in the safest, most sustainable and efficient way possible.

The stations support RAC’s sustainable mobility agenda and work in reducing carbon dioxide emissions from cars in WA, and will also allow car owners to charge their eco-friendly machines in only 30 minutes – a dramatic reduction on the 10-12 hours it can sometimes take.

RAC Executive General Manager Pat Walker said RAC is proud to launch Australia’s first Electric Highway, and believes it will have a strong impact on intrastate tourism for the Margaret River Region. “The RAC Electric Highway will enable owners of electric vehicles to travel to the State’s South West, and will benefit the region by attracting electric vehicle drivers to destinations along the route” said Mr Walker.

“RAC has a long tradition of providing tourism services to members. We believe this exciting new project will generate benefits to the local tourism industry in the South West.“ Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association CEO Pip Close advised it would be a great advantage for electric car owners in Perth and greater Western Australia.

“Perth and intrastate is our biggest market, so to increase accessibility to the Margaret River Region by introducing an Electric Highway is a fantastic idea,” said Ms Close. It shows real innovation and foresight – the number of electric car owners is destined to increase. It also complements the region’s clean, green outlook, so we are delighted to support this initiative from RAC,” she said.

The RAC Electric Highway will be official launched next Monday, 22 June in Margaret River.

Yet Another Great Vintage from Margaret River?

Margaret River’s 2015 white wine vintage has been completed with many wine producers reporting their earliest ever finish some as early as the first week in March!

Fruit quality is again very good; Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon displays intense varietal characteristics such as crisp natural acidity on the palate accompanied by a citrus to lemon and lime fruit aromas on the nose. Chardonnay also has a great length to its acidity and with quite soft line of phenolics.  Profile flavours cover the spectrum from early Summer peach to nectarine as well as a fine contour of citrus.

Vasse Felix in Margaret River, WA

Vasse Felix in Margaret River, WA

Quality as usual is high across Margaret River, however yields are down across the board – as high as 20% to 25% throughout the region.  Since early March a more autumn weather pattern came into being, with cooler night time temperatures being reported.  This has effectively extended the ripening period for red wine varieties quite nicely giving them more ‘hang time’ to enhance fruit development flavour profiles with softer tannin levels arising as a consequence.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2014

Margaret River Gourmet Escape, is a huge weekend and a great opportunity for lovers of food, wine, music and fun to explore the offerings of the region.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Leeuwin Estate (image supplied)

At the heart of the Margaret River Gourmet Escape festival is the must see Gourmet Village. A buzzing world of culinary excitement and the perfect opportunity to experience the delectable delights the region has to offer.

Hosted at Leeuwin Estate Winery from 11am-5.30pm on Saturday 22nd and 11am-5pm on Sunday 23rd November, it’s where all our stars come together across one action packed weekend program filled with cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, masterclasses, intimate Q&A’s and panel discussions.

For more information see Gourmet Escape.