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Call for Custom itinerary Pricing for 2019

OPTION 1: Quintessential WA package
OPTION 2: Beach, Vines & Ocean package
OPTION 3: Wine, Dine & Ocean


2019 Dates: November 8-17

(Custom extensions throughout Australia are available)


Margaret River Gourmet Escape
Set against the iconic backdrop of the stunning Margaret River Region in Western Australia, Margaret River Gourmet Escape is a world-class food and wine festival like no other. Held across four extraordinary days, the festival brings together the world’s best chefs, sommeliers and critics to host over 45 incredible events in over 20 unique and breathtaking locations in the region. Combine this with a few days in the beautiful city of Perth, and your gourmet Western Australia experience is complete.


Day 1 & 2
Enjoy a 2-night stay in Perth, inclusive of a private airport transfer on arrival, accommodation at the InterContinental, and a Swan Valley Gourmet Wine Cruise.


Day 3
Depart Perth today on your 3.5-hour transfer to Margaret River, and check into your accommodation for the next 4 nights.


Day 4
Today you will experience a unique and stunning side of the Margaret River area. Start with a tranquil canoe trip down the lush and beautiful Margaret River, savor a cup of coffee at an iconic surf spot, and sample local honey before settling down for lunch at the gorgeous Fraser Gallop Estate. Cap off the day with a 4WD adventure walk along a section of the Cape to Cape Track with undeniably epic scenery.


This evening, your Gourmet Escape indulgence begins! The next several days are a feast for the senses, as you sample and sip the wonders of this region. We have 3 Gourmet Escape packages to choose from, so follow your taste buds and pack your bags for the food and wine adventure of a lifetime!


OPTION 1: QUINTESSENTIAL WA PACKAGE
Witness stunning West Australian sunsets, wine & dine on West Australian produce and feast your way through the forest, all in just three days.


Day 4
6.00pm-9.00pm. Feast in the Forest Dinner at The Safari Club, Leeuwin Estate

Hidden inside Leeuwin Estate is the charming Safari Club, a wooden barn surrounded by soaring jarrah and marri trees. It’s the perfect backdrop for Feast In The Forest, an intimate whole beast barbecue feast starring fire starters from around the world. Feast on whole cuts of meats cooked over flame and sip on Leeuwin Estate wines. The combined talents of Jerry Mai from Annam in Melbourne will prepare a Vietnamese Whole Hog feast; Jeremy Chan from Ikoyi, London, a West African inspired BBQ and Jake Kellie of Burnt Ends, Singapore, and runner up in the San Pellegrino Young Chef award in Milan, will pull together an Australian BBQ.


Day 5
6.30pm-8.30pm. Sunset, Beats & Bites at White Elephant Café

Mix a handful of new wave winemakers, some local craft breweries, with a good dose of cool beats, add an iconic Western Australian sunset, delectable, delicious food by the talented team at White Elephant and you have arguably Margaret River Gourmet Escape’s most sought after event. Hosted by international wine critic Nick Stock, Sunset Beats & Bites is the beachside food and wine party Margaret River was made for. Against a soundtrack of party-starting beats, guests can watch the sun set while enjoying wine from new-wave local winemakers. Rising star Amy Hamilton from Albany small bar Liberte, is taking care of the snacking and will team up with Alia Glorie, chef at Claremont wine bar Billie H. Your ticket includes one glass of wine and a generous selection of bite sized food will be served (additional drinks can be purchased).


Day 6
11.00am-6.00pm. Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate

At the heart of Margaret River Gourmet Escape 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. The Gourmet Village will be food and wine central as more than 120 artisan food producers, winemakers and brewers from around Western Australia come to share their produce and stories. They’ll be joined by a dozen restaurants that will keep festival-goers well-fed. You’ll need to have your energy levels up: between cooking demonstrations in the Chef’s Amphitheatre, intimate panels at Consuming Conversations, and live music.


OPTION 2: BEACH, VINES & OCEAN PACKAGE
Sink your toes in the sand at a unique beach BBQ, wine & dine at a high end dinner with culinary royalty and sip, shop and sample your way around the heart of the festival, the Gourmet Village.


Day 4
5.30pm-9.00pm. Gourmet Beach BBQ Dinner Castle Bay Beach

Enjoy privileged access to Castle Bay Beach, which is transformed into an uber-stylish waterfront eatery with giant tipis and live music for a relaxed dinner BBQ feast with a beach party vibe. Castle Bay Beach is located within Meelup Regional Park, a Class A Reserve noted for its pristine environment and ecological significance. Enjoy dishes inspired by Nigella Lawson’s latest cookbook, At My Table as well as a relaxed Q&A with The Domestic Goddess discussing her remarkable career.


Day 5
From 6.30pm. Reds, White and Le Bleu: The Great Revolution at Vasse Felix

A decadent dinner and a unique tasting of iconic French and Margaret River wines. Wine beats at the heart of Reds, Whites and Le Bleu and guests will be treated to a tasting comparing iconic French styles with their counterparts from Margaret River. Vasse Felix Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock will offer commentary throughout the evening on everything from Grand Cru Burgundy to Vasse Felix’s own renowned Heytesbury Chardonnay. To complete the experience, the wines will be paired with dinner prepared by Laetitia Rouabah, the revered French-born Head Chef of Alain Ducasse’s flagship New York bistro, Benoit and Vasse Felix Head Chef Brendan Pratt, combining the finest local produce with elements of Paris and the Big Apple for an exclusive modern feast in Wine Paradise.


Day 6
11.00am-6.00pm. Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate

At the heart of Margaret River Gourmet Escape 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. The Gourmet Village will be food and wine central as more than 120 artisan food producers, winemakers and brewers from around Western Australia come to share their produce and stories. They’ll be joined by a dozen restaurants that will keep festival-goers well-fed. You’ll need to have your energy levels up: between cooking demonstrations in the Chef’s Amphitheatre, intimate panels at Consuming Conversations, and live music.


OPTION 3: WINE, DINE & OCEAN
Dine on the sands of Castle Rock Beach in an uber stylish waterfront eatery, wine and dine at a high end dinner experience a feast for the senses at the Gourmet Village.


Day 4
From 6.30pm. Julien’s Domain - Dinner at Wills Domain

Singapore based Julien Royer of Odette, Singapore (two Michelin-starred fine diner) and Seth James of Wills Domain combine forces for a memorable and indulgent dinner. In local chef Seth James of Wills Domain, Royer has a formidable counterpart with an equally restless focus on technique and produce. Together, the two will serve a memorable dinner that celebrates time, place, great ingredients and the magic that happens when east meats (south)west. Award-winning wines from Wills Domain and a rare opportunity to enjoy sunset over the estate’s vineyards make this one of this year’s hottest tickets.


Day 5
11.00am-6.00pm. Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate

At the heart of Margaret River Gourmet Escape 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. The Gourmet Village will be food and wine central as more than 120 artisan food producers, winemakers and brewers from around Western Australia come to share their produce and stories. They’ll be joined by a dozen restaurants that will keep festival-goers well-fed. The Leeuwin Estate Platinum Lounge ticket is your exclusive pass to a prime piece of Gourmet Village real estate! Raised up above the hustle and bustle of the Village, this premium experience takes place lounge style in the Leeuwin Restaurant and veranda with panoramic views across the festival giving you the VIP treatment you deserve!


Day 6
12.00pm-3.30pm. Gourmet Beach BBQ Lunch Castle Bay Beach

Enjoy privileged access to Castle Bay Beach, which is transformed into an uber-stylish waterfront eatery with giant tipis and live music for a relaxed lunch BBQ feast with a beach party vibe. Castle Bay Beach is located within Meelup Regional Park, a Class A Reserve noted for its pristine environment and ecological significance. Fan and festival favourites Rick Stein and Jack Stein join forces to prepare a Sunday seafood feast.


Day 7
Return by private transfer to Perth today, and enjoy a final night accommodation at the InterContinental Perth.


Day 8
Bid Perth a fond farewell, as your private transfer delivers you to the airport in time for your departure flight.


Package Includes:

  • 3 nights accommodation at the InterContinental Perth
  • Captain Cook Swan Valley Gourmet Wine Cruise
  • 4 nights accommodation at Margarets Beach Resort
  • Private transfers (Perth airport to hotel; Perth to Margaret River; Margaret River to Perth; Perth hotel to airport)
  • Private Margaret River Discovery Tour
  • Gourmet Escape Ticket Package (3 events, private and shuttle transfers to/from events)


Not Included:

  • International flights; ask us about current air specials
  • Accommodation, sightseeing and meals other than those expressly mentioned as included
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, internet access, laundry etc.


Terms and Conditions

  • All specified Chef talent is subject to change without notice
  • All individual events included in Gourmet Escape ticket packages are subject to change
  • All transport arrangements to Gourmet Escape events is subject to availability and change at any time
  • Tour itineraries are subject to change
  • * Price subject to change based on exchange rates
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