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Margaret River Gourmet EscapeNovember 18 - 20

  • Western Australia
  • Major Events
  • Food and Wine
  • Margaret River

Delicious food and wine, outstanding pop-up events and a fantastic line-up of culinary talent add up to one mouth-watering festival.

The annual Margaret River Gourmet Escape is one of Australia’s largest food and wine festivals, celebrating the produce of Australia’s western state. This year’s festival promises an abundance of food, premium wine and a line-up of culinary superstars including Nigella Lawson.

Fast Facts

Where: Margaret River
When: 18 - 20 November
Price: tickets from $40

Video guide: Margaret River Gourmet Escape
Video Guide: Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Margaret River Gourmet Escape Highlights


Meet celebrity chefs
With the region’s outstanding natural beauty and enviable reputation for fine food and wine, Margaret River Gourmet Escape attracts the world’s top culinary talent. This year’s international chefs include English chef, author and television presenter Rich Stein, Ashley Palmer- Watts from Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and David Thompson from Nahm in Bangkok. You’ll also see famous local faces such as Australian chefs Frank Camorra, Peter Gilmore and Mark Best.

Sample the best local produce
The Gourmet Village is the heart of the festival, located within the stunning grounds of Leeuwin Estate Winery. Festival-goers will have the chance to watch cooking demonstrates at the Chef's Theatre, take part in a Q&A session and sample local produce from some of Western Australia's top restaurants, winemakers and brewers. Get your hands dirty and join an intimate master class to discover chef’s secrets, which could cover filleting fish to making the most of Australia’s native produce. 

Brunch with the best
Spend the morning in the charming gardens of Voyager Estate for Brunch with the Best. You’ll be dining alongside international culinary stars, including Joan Roca, Andoni Luis Aduriz and Dominique Crenn, all awarded in the 2016 World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Sit down to a decadent brunch, including Voyager Estate sparkling wine, while discussing the trends, controversies and hot topics in the world of food of wine.

Unleash your inner sommelier
Tap into your inner sommelier at the Margaret River Icon Tastings, which will take part on Saturday and Sunday in the festival’s Gourmet Village. Internationally acclaimed wine critic Nick Stock will guide participants through the Margaret River's outstanding Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. While the Margaret River is a relatively young wine region – the first grapevines were planted in 1967 – it has quickly established itself as one of Australia’s premier wine regions.   


Book tickets to the Audi Gourmet Beach BBQ and dine on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Huge tepees will transform Castle Bay Beach into a stylish, waterfront eatery, as renowned Australian chefs – including Frank Camorra (Movida, Melbourne), Mike McEnearney (No.1 Bent St, Sydney) and Guillaume Brahimi (Guillaume, Sydney) – prepare a delicious menu matched to regional wines. Guests will enjoy a gin-inspired cocktail, created exclusively for the festival, canapés and local produce cooked on a sizzling grill.  


From Perth, hire a car to drive three hours south to Margaret River or fly to Busselton, 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Margaret River. Once you arrive in Margaret River there are accommodation options to suit every budget. Visit for more information.


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Margaret River

With many world-class wineries and award-winning restaurants, Margaret River is one of Western Australia's most famous food and wine regions. Tour the cellar doors and taste local brews at the boutique breweries. Here you can eat fresh crayfish straight from the ocean or dine on the local organic beef and truffles. Visit the farmer's markets and try the artisan cheeses. Indulge in local handmade chocolates and delicious fudge. When you've finished your culinary journey, take time to explore Western Australia's Great South West. In a few hours you can go from wineries to stunning beaches with world-class surf breaks, snorkelling and diving or walk amongst ancient forests and caves.

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