Margaret River Gourmet Escape, presented by Siemens Home Appliances, is showcasing the best of the region at the Gourmet Village, the heart of the festival set at the iconic Leeuwin Estate. This year sees a bigger and better Gourmet Village with new and expanded features ensuring an unforgettable and more interactive experience for visitors.
This amazing world class event which taking place from 22-24 November, will see a plethora of international and local chefs including Heston Blumenthal, Rick Stein, Alex Atala, Sat Bains, Neil Perry, Guillaume Brahimi, Matt Stone & Hadleigh Troy (and so many more) coming together to participate in unique events throughout the region to showcase the amazing produce found there.
This year’s program promises once again to deliver on the extraordinary with a jam packed three days of beach BBQ’s, long table lunches set among the vines and new events including a pop up Rockpool Bar & Grill restaurant with a rock twist; collaboration dinners with an exclusive culinary line up set in picturesque wineries; an event held in a secret forest location; a series of lunch and dinners serving local produce and bush tucker.
Key features and highlights include:
Siemens Chef’s Theatre
Witness never before seen collaborations between world–‐class chefs such as Alex Atala and Julien Royer, Luke Dale–‐Roberts and Mark Best as well as other Australian favourites including Tetsuya Wakuda, Siemens’ brand ambassador Adam D’Sylva, Matt Stone and Hadleigh Troy as they cook up a storm sharing the secrets of their favourite dishes, skills and tips. The Siemens Chef’s Theatre will also house panel discussions and Q&A’s with leading culinary figures Heston Blumenthal, Harold McGee and Joost Baker. For those keen for the best seat in the house, take to the stage as part of the ‘Table of Eight’, sitting up close and personal with the chefs.
Chef’s Skillery presented by Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD Channel – NEW for 2013
A line up of Gourmet Escape’s international and Australian chefs will demonstrate and share tricks of the trade during these skillery sessions including an intimate Q&A session with the audience. See chefs such as Guillaume Brahimi, Sat Bains, Rick Stein and Darren Robertson showcase their skills, which have put them at the top of their game.
Premium Wine Tastings – NEW for 2013
For avid wine appreciators, these premium tastings held in the exclusive Leeuwin Estate art gallery will be facilitated by lauded international wine talent including Master of Wine Lisa Perrotti–‐Brown and Gourmet Traveller WINE editor Judy Sarris and writer Nick Stock. Guests will be offered special and old vintage releases.
Grand Cabernet Gallery Tasting – Margaret River is Australia’s premier source of world–‐class cabernet sauvignon. The Leeuwin Estate gallery houses a collection of the region’s most acclaimed cabernet producers and in this tasting guests will savour the best recent and older vintages.
$80 per person. 2pm on Saturday and Sunday
Gold Class Chardonnay – Chardonnay is the varietal for which Australia has become world renowned as a leading wine producing nation. There are many celebrated Chardonnay regions within Australia, yet Margaret River is the region that demonstrates consistency in quality. Guests will join some of the region’s most talented producers in exploring a collection of these highly praised wine.
$45 per person. 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday
Breville Thought Lab ‐ NEW for 2013
Cocktails and coffee are two of life’s best sips. Here you will learn how to master latte art, with coffee guru Phil McKnight, so your Sunday morning coffee will never look boring again. 2012 Masterchef finalist Julia Taylor will also take you through some of her favourite freshly squeezed juice cocktails. The Breville Thought Lab will get the creative juices flowing so your drinks at home will take on a new and improved look and taste.
Granny’s Kitchen Kids Cooking Classes – NEW for 2013
Welcome to home economics without the boring exams. Granny’s Kitchen is all about learning how to cook things just like Nanna does. Hosted by Rebecca Sullivan, author of ‘Like Grandma Used to Make’ and founder of Dirty Girl Kitchen and The Granny Skills Movement, this year’s kids area will be an interactive home economics room where kids can learn how to use basic kitchen utensils like graters, beaters and knives as well as how to cook and bake with the Gourmet Escape chefs, cooks, farmers and producers. Suitable for kids aged 5‐12, parents must stay with their children but can sit back and enjoy a glass of wine. There will be 4 sessions per day but get in quick as these classes tend to fill quickly.
Chef’s Table in association with Gourmet Traveller
Get up close and personal with the Gourmet Escape chefs at intimate Q&A sessions where guests can be inspired, seek advice or just hear first hand about international influences and current trends. Ask Rick Stein if you really do need to throw away mussels that haven’t opened; what started Miles Irving’s passion for foraging; or how George Calombaris juggles his TV career and his growing restaurant empire. Join in the conversation over a glass of wine. Bookings not necessary – first come first served.
From Paddock to Plate with Kitchen HQ
Showcasing the stunning produce of WA, From Paddock to Plate will feature the region’s leading chefs preparing and cooking with fresh local produce. Hosted by journalist and author Louise FitzRoy, this interactive experience will take you into the hearts of Australian farmers, allowing you to meet these home–‐grown heroes and gain a deeper understanding of the importance of supporting local, sustainable produce and the provenance of ingredients. A not to be missed feature on why sourcing local and seasonal is indisputably the best way to cook and eat. Bookings not required. First come, first served.
Gourmet Traveller WINE Theatre
Unleash your inner sommelier with Gourmet Traveller WINE editor Judy Sarris and writer Nick Stock as they are joined by wine experts such as Master of Wine Lisa Perrotti–‐Brown and wine writers Ch’ng Poh Tiong, Stephen Brook at these educational and interactive wine sessions. Meet the region’s top winemakers whilst tasting and critiquing an array of signature blends and emerging labels from the Margaret River Wine Region and the broader WA area. There will be 4 sessions per day, available on a first come first served basis. In addition, the Gourmet Village will showcase tasting dishes using local produce from some of the region’s leading restaurants including Leeuwin Estate, Voyager Estate, Must Wine Bar, Cullens Wines and Capel Vale Winery & Restaurant. Wash it all down at the Rekorderlig Cider Bar or the Pourhouse Craft Beer Bar.
In one beautiful location visitors can explore and indulge in the finest WA produce and wine and be a part of master classes, wine tastings, intimate Q&A’s, cooking demonstrations and see the international food and wine stars appearing across the weekend. With 52 wineries, 17 restaurants and over 100 producers, the Gourmet Village will be a food and wine hub like no other. With such a jam ‐packed weekend, tickets are expected to sell out so early purchase is recommended to avoid disappointment.
Gourmet Village hours 11am-5.30pm on Saturday 23rd and 11am-5pm on Sunday 24th November.
Tickets to the Gourmet Village are now on sale and start from $38. For further ticketing options please visit www.gourmetescape.com.au
Win a DOUBLE PASS to this amazing event!
Simply visit The Breakfast Confidential Facebook Page and “LIKE” the image of local chef Matt Stone to win one of 2 double passes for this event.
– winners drawn Friday 18th October 12pm
– winner may choose either Saturday or Sunday passes
– winner will be notified by Facebook private message