Sam Leong's guide to Margaret River Gourmet Escape

The Margaret River Gourmet Escape is an annual festival that brings together world renowned chefs to celebrate the delicious produce and the award winning wine of the Margaret River region. Singapore celebrity chef, Sam Leong, will once again be returning to the festival in 2015 and shares his experiences of Australian food and the Margaret River Gourmet Escape. Sam Leong's guide to Margaret River Gourmet Escape
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Sam Leong’s guide to Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Sample some of Australia’s best produce and wine at Margaret River Gourmet Escape.


The Margaret River Gourmet Escape is an annual festival that brings together world renowned chefs to celebrate the delicious produce and the award winning wine of the Margaret River region.

Singapore celebrity chef, Sam Leong, will once again be returning to the festival in 2015 and shares his experiences of Australian food and the Margaret River Gourmet Escape. 

Vasse Felix Winery, Margaret River, WA

“Australia is a western country but with so many great global cultural influences because of the diverse multi-ethnic population. While the western food selection is incredible, there are still a lot of Asian influences such as Thai and Vietnamese. There is certainly no shortage of the spices and fresh herbs traditionally used in our part of the world,” says Sam Leong.

“I have been travelling to various parts of Australia for the past 20 years. The country’s wine and seafood is the most memorable. I have just found that whatever the region, the wines are fantastic. I especially love the white wines produced in Australia. This coupled with the freshest seafood, so rich in flavour, is simply superb. The fact that the beautiful restaurants in Australia have access to such great seafood has to be the best thing for the restaurant’s chefs!”

Margaret River Gourmet Escape, Margaret River, WA

“I love the fresh produce markets in Margaret River. The weather and the diverse landscape contributes to the beautiful selection that is available. I also like the wild herbs and ingredients that can be found in the forests. I’m looking forward to a break after the event and sitting down with wines that are world-class and affordable and indulging in the freshest seafood!”

The Forager Dinner Event at the Safari Club, Margaret River Gourmet Escape, Margaret River, WA

“I absolutely loved the opening event of Margaret River Gourmet Escape last year that took place in the middle of the forest. Using the great outdoors and the beach as the main backdrop makes it one of the most beautiful and inspiring events to attend.”

“I also enjoy the fact that Margaret River Gourmet Escape welcomes independent producers, artisans and farmers to the event. There are great products and stalls, from jams to fresh flowers and craft beers."

“I’m very excited to be doing a lunch at Howard Park Wine this year with a wine pairing by Master of Wine, Jeannie Cho Lee (LE PAN). We’re working towards a five course menu and I want to bring out the rich Asian flavours and our personal influences – Thai and Chinese. We will be working with produce such as crab, fish and prawn, all from Margaret River, and prepared with a contemporary touch. I’m also curious and very excited to understand the wine pairing!”

Leeuwin Estate Winery, Margaret River, WA

Sam Leong shares his top three recommendations on what to do when you visit Australia

  • Visit and enjoy the vineyards as they are award winning and produce premium pours.
  • The landscape – the fact that Australia can have oceans, mountains, forests and just beautiful farmland in one region is a luxury for Singaporeans!

The seafood – the variety and the freshness and the sustainable way its farmed has to make Australia one of the best producers.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape is on from 20 – 22 November, 2015. 

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