It’s only three weeks until the Margaret River Gourmet Escape!

Gourmet Escape

Gourmet Escape

If you think you’ve seen it all at Margaret River Gourmet Escape presented by Audi’s Gourmet Village in previous years, think again! This year’s Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate Winery will have more culinary superstars, more restaurants and food options, 150 artisan producers and wineries, more interactive food and wine activities, and more chances to see your favourite chefs in action than ever before.

New Gourmet Village attractions include:

EventCost & bookingDay/time
WA’s Signature Dish Grand Finale -­ Matt Preston, Guillaume Brahimi and Shane Osborn will make the final judgment on what will be crowned WA’s Signature Dish for 2015 featuring the flavours of WA on stage at the Miele Chef’s TheatreFreeSun 11.30am to 12.30pm
Consuming Conversations presented by Foxtel’s LifeStyle Food Channel -­ thought provoking discussions around the food culture today with some of the world’s most influential food thinkersFreeThroughout the weekend – see website for full schedule
Fermenting Workshops – an introduction to fermenting foods by author of ‘Like Grandma Used to Make’ Rebecca Sullivan1 GEM ($7)Throughout the weekend – see website for full schedule
Lurpak Go Freestyle -­ get creative and learn the art of matching surprising flavours with Lurpak in a series of 15 minute sandwich making masterclasses hosted by My Kitchen Rule’s Sammy and BellaFreeSat & Sun 11.15am-­?5pm-­? Every  30 minutes
Wine Lounge -­ Swirl, sniff, and sip your way to unlocking the secrets behind what makes a brilliant wine and meet some of the people responsible for creating the region’s most delicious drops. Hosted by wine writer Nick Stock2 GEMs per person ($14)See website for full schedule
Bar Felix Wine Bar & LoungeFreeSat  &  Sun  11am-­?5pm. Wine School with the makers – 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Returning Gourmet Village attractions include:

Miele Chef’s Theatre – Some of our highest profile chefs including Marco Pierre White, Rick Stein, Antonio Carluccio, Matt Moran, Gaggan Anand, and George Calombaris share their skills and experience during live on-­stage  cooking  demonstrationsFreeThroughout the weekend – see website for full schedule
Canon Food Photography Classes  Pick up tips and tricks from the Canon Collective to create fantastic photographs. The latest Canon cameras and professional lenses will be available for use.Bookable in advance and onsite – $49Sat 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm and Sun 11:30, 1pm, 2:30pm
Farm to Table presented by Winning Appliances – cooking demonstrations by WA chefs using West Australian produceFreeSee website for full schedule
Margaret River Icon tastings – for appreciators of fine Margaret River Cabernet and Chardonnay winesTickets bookable in advance from $45Sat 2pm & 3.30pm and Sun 2pm & 3.30pm
Gourmet Village Brewhouse – featuring beer and cider masterclasses and the chance to indulge in quality local craft brews.1 GEM ($7)See website for full schedule of masterclasses & meet the brewer sessions
Book signings presented by Margaret River BookshopBooks available to purchaseThroughout the weekend

Gourmet Escape

The Gourmet Village also features 16 pop-up restaurants by some of the Margaret River region and WA’s best dining establishments and producers including Leeuwin Estate Winery, Xanadu Wines, Hayshed Hill, Swings Taphouse, Studio Gallery & Bistro, El Rio, Lot 80, Linley Valley Pork, Mt Barker Free Range Chicken, Voyager Estate, Print Hall, Bib & Tucker, Genuinely Southern Forests, and Pete Manifis with Buy West Eat Best.

  • West Australian produce is king throughout the pop up restaurant menus. Here’s a sampling of dishes on offer:
  • Truffled gnocchi with marron, cherry tomatoes, kale and lime pressed olive oil
  • Crispy softshell crab tortillas, smoky corn salsa and chipotle mayo
  • Charcoal roasted Blackwood Valley lamb shoulder, charred eggplant purée, dukkah crisp and pomegranate
  • Lemon myrtle marron laksa inspired curry
  • Canal Rocks Kingfish Ceviche with tropical salsa, chili and coriander
  • Karridale Angus Burger with bacon jam and aioli

After feedback from last year’s event several improvements have been made to maximise the Gourmet Village experience. As well as more restaurants with additional dishes on offer, there will also be streamlined order and collection points, plus additional staff at the box office to reduce queuing times, and additional GEM sellers to speed up currency purchase. Bus arrivals from Margaret River will be staggered to ease traffic and congestion, and there will be more opportunities for visitors to see the chefs in action.

The Gourmet Village is open from 11am to 5.30pm on Saturday 21st November and 11am to 5pm on Sunday 22nd November. To view the complete range of events taking place visit To purchase tickets visit or call 132 849.


About the author


Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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