Margaret River Gourmet Escape

28 November, 2012
Gourmet Escape Talent Shot

Last weekend, Margaret River hosted its inaugural food and wine festival – The Margaret River Gourmet Escape. It truly was a fantastic way to showcase to the rest of Australia and the world what our rich and beautiful South West has to offer.

I’m not going to dwell on Heston Blumenthal not being able to attend, as he did the right thing for his chefs, but also there was so much culinary and literary talent present at the event (see the roll call at the end of this article) that there was no reason for anyone to feel disappointed about not seeing a “celebrity chef”.

The event opened on Thursday night with a VIP dinner at Smiths Beach. If you were lucky enough to attend this, you would have spent the sunset rubbing shoulders with the who’s-who of the restaurant world while enjoying food provided by Lamonts, Forest Hill, Vasse Felix, Cape Lodge and Must.

Many satellite and fringe events were hosted in the region as part of the festival. This was a chance for people to have dinner or lunch cooked by one of the headlining chefs or even spend time with the local winemakers.

Read the rest of my review at WA Today –

Full gallery of photos below!

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  • Reply cooking.eating.carousing. 21 April, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I agree about Heston, even though he was the drawcard, I think people got over it pretty quickly, alcohol always helps. The most surprising chef to me was Alex Atala. I’ve never heard of this chef before the MRGE, but he is the funniest, most approachable out of all of the celeb chef I met on the day. And AA Gill, though not a chef, he is hilarious!

    • Reply Liz 21 April, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      Agreed about Alex Atala! I loved hearing him and Rene Redzepi talk at the breakfast. It was a highlight for me :)

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