With just over two weeks to go until the highly anticipated Margaret River Gourmet Escape, presented by Siemens home appliances, tickets are still available for a range of events throughout the three-day festival to suit all tastes, interests and budgets. With special packages also available, it’s not too late to plan your Gourmet Escape weekend.
Take your pick of amazing unique events including music legend Neil Finn performing a one-off vineyard concert with friends Gurrumul and Megan Washington; a Sundown Soirée at Fraser Gallop Estate with special appearance and Q&A from World No 3 Massimo Bottura; Sunset, Beats and Bites wine tastings where you can watch the sun go down across the ocean to some cool beats by Surahn from Empire Of The Sun; Matt Preston and famed food critic A.A. Gill playing quizmasters to find the world’s most knowledgeable foodie at the Gourmet Food Trivia Night with special guest appearances by Heston Blumenthal and Rick Stein; or get up close and personal with culinary figures including Heston Blumenthal, Claude Bosi, George Calombaris and Matt Stone as they give insight around food trends and tackle topical food issues at the Food for Thought presented by Breville debates.
Some unique dinner experiences include Natural – the raw, the fermented, the aged where Shane Watson of Print Hall, Perth and Matthew Orlando of Amass, Denmark will prepare a four course meal celebrating the natural processes in food and wine and showcasing produce in its natural state and Table for 20- From Harvest to Table as Bondi Harvest teams up with White Elephant Café for a five course meal celebrating sustainable and local produce.
Enjoy a day out which captures the true sense of the South West at the buzzing Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate Winery. This year sees a myriad of new features and attractions at the Gourmet Village including Signature Sessions allowing an up close and personal experience with the world’s most inspiring chefs and Regional Pavilions showcasing a variety of flavours from the region such as at Genuinely Southern Forests, Geographe Wine Region and Great Southern Wine.
Secure the ultimate VIP pass to the Gourmet Village at the Audi Platinum Lounge. This pass includes access to the exclusive private enclosure conveniently located with prime viewing of the buzzing Village as you savour local dishes prepared and served by Leeuwin Estate plus two complimentary glasses of wine and tasting glass. In addition Audi key holders receive special Gourmet Village privileges with VIP parking and exclusive access to the Audi VIP Oasis enclosure.
Gourmet Village tickets start at $38* and can also be purchased on the door. Make a day and night of it and purchase the Concert and Gourmet Village package for $105* which includes access to the Gourmet Village on Saturday or Sunday and the Neil Finn concert.
For those keen for a short weekend getaway, The Weekend Package for $145* is the perfect blend of music food and wine as you’ll experience a delicious brunch and matched wine at the stunning Voyager Estate at Food for Thought presented by Breville with Claude Bosi, George Calombaris and Jacques Reymond; the Neil Finn concert under the stars at Sandalford Estate and finish off with Sunday at the buzzing Gourmet Village.
Getting to the Event: coaches available to the Gourmet Village through South West Coachlines (http://www.transdevsw.com.au/mrge/) and a selection of satellite events through Gannaways coaches and tours. (www.gannaways.com.au).
To see the full program of events, visit www.gourmetescape.com.au. For Festival event tickets visit ticketek.com.au or call 132 849. For fringe event ticket details see the event website. For more information on holidaying in Western Australia, visit www.westernaustralia.com