Food and wine lovers who missed out on the first round tickets for the 2018 Margaret River Gourmet Escape presented by Westpac (Nov 16-18) are in luck. Festival organisers today announced a brand new event, as well as additional tickets for several popular events that had previously sold out, due to overwhelming demand.
In Singapore, the announcement was made by the Western Australian Tourism Minister Paul Papalia at an exclusive West Australian wine and canapé reception at the National Gallery of Singapore. The Minister was joined by Christopher Gilbert, Senior Vice President & Managing Director of IMG Australia & New Zealand, the company that organises the festival, and a mixture of media, previous visitors and partners of the festival. Guests enjoyed a menu of West Australian inspired delights prepared by Chef Seth James (Wills Domain, Margaret River) and Jake Kellie (Burnt Ends), both of whom are part of the 45 strong culinary line up for this year’s extraordinary festival of food and wine.
A new event, just announced and added to the impressive festival program sees much-loved food identity and festival headliner Nigella Lawson host the new Supper with Nigella at Xanadu Wines on Saturday 17 November from 8:30pm – 11:00pm. The event will feature a decadent menu of Nigella’s famous late night eats, Q&A with Kate Langbroek and surprises around every corner, making for an unforgettable evening. Tickets are on sale now for $250 per person (plus booking fee), which includes a pre-signed copy of Nigella’s cookbook, ‘At My Table’.
Nigella fell in love with both the event and destination in 2016, and recently described Margaret River Gourmet Escape as a very special festival and life-enhancing experience. In addition to the new Supper event, she’ll take part in the iconic Westpac Gourmet Beach BBQ (Friday 16 November, Lunch and Dinner), Nigella’s Tea Party at Howard Park Winery (Sunday 18 November), as well as making appearances and a book signing at the Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate (Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November).
“I love the Margaret River Gourmet Escape crowd- it’s like hanging out with warm, like-minded people who create such a joyous and upbeat atmosphere…plus it’s hard to resist the extraordinary combination of outstanding natural beauty, wonderful food and produce and excellent wine,” Nigella said.
Joining Nigella are 45 of the world’s biggest culinary stars including Rick Stein, Skye Gyngell, James Lowe, Julien Royer and Niki Nakayama, as well as Australia’s best culinary talent such as Guy Grossi, Luke Mangan and Guillaume Brahimi, who’ll head to Western Australia’s south west to collaborate with the amazing local talent and celebrate the world-class produce of the region.
The diverse program of events will see 45 food and wine events take place in more than 25 unique locations. There’s something to suit all tastes, from a pop-up Mexican Cantina, Vegan Italian Feast and Chinese banquet – to an intimate traditional Japanese dining experience, barbecues on white sandy beaches and feasts in the forest.
Additional tickets are on sale now via gourmetescape.com.au:
o Westpac Gourmet Beach BBQ – new tickets released for all sessions
o Feast in the Forest – tickets available for sessions with chefs including Jake Kellie, Jerry Mai and Jeremy Chan
o Cape on a Plate – traditionally reserved for visiting culinary guests and chefs at each year’s Margaret River Gourmet Escape, Cape Lodge is inviting guests to its lakeside restaurant for a special white tablecloth dinner with celebrated Australian chef, Luke Mangan and WA powerhouse Tony Howell. The duo will serve an intimate dinner highlighting the Margaret River produce the region is famous for
o Chow’s Table Chinese Feast will bring together three young guns of modern Chinese cooking for one high-energy evening of food, drink and story-telling – Andrew Wong from London’s Michelin-starred A Wong, Victor Liong from the super hip Melbourne laneway diner Lee Ho Fook, and local hero and host Malcom Chow, owner of the recently opened Chow’s Table in Yallingup
o Caves Road Cantina at Black Brewing Co. will see two of the world’s most accomplished Mexican chefs, Edgar Nunez from Sud 777 MEX (Number 64 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants) and Rosio Sanchez from her world-renowned taqueria Hija de Sanchez in Copenhagen, serve up a snack party of Mexican delicacies using amazing local produce. This will be washed down with a selection of local craft brews from five of the region’s top breweries
o Smith & Daughters 90s Trattoria Dinner will see chef and author Shannon Martinez of Melbourne’s Smith & Daughters transform the restaurant at Wise Vineyard into a vegan Italian trattoria. Taking inspiration from the Italian family restaurants of her childhood and years spent living in the Lower East Side of New York City, the party will be fuelled by a selection of Margaret River wines and a soundtrack of toe-tapping tunes that mirror the same fun vibe of her cooking
o Your Gourmet Escape weekend is not complete without a visit to The Gourmet Village which combines the opportunity to try outstanding produce from 150+ wineries and artisan producers with the chance to see our culinary superstars in action.
Additional tickets have been released for two iconic wine events over the weekend – the prestigious Cape Mentelle International Cabernet Tasting and Long Lunch with commentary by Sarah Ahmed happening on Friday 16 November; and the Cullen Chardonnay Tasting & Lunch, with lunch by Tetsuya Wakuda on Saturday 17 November. Go online to gourmetescape.com.au now to avoid disappointment.
Nigella Lawson (UK) Rick Stein (UK)
Julien Royer (Odette, Singapore) #28 in World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018
James Lowe (Lyle’s, UK) #38 in World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018
Ashley Palmer-Watts (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, UK) #42 in World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018
Jake Kellie (Burnt Ends, Singapore) #61 in World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018
Edgar Nunez (Sud777, Mexico) #64 in World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018
Andrew Wong (A. Wong, UK) #3 in the National Restaurant Awards UK 2018
Jack Stein (Rick Stein, UK)
Jeremy Chan (Ikoyi, UK)
Laetitia Rouabah (Benoit, USA)
Louis Tikaram (E.P & L.P, USA)
Monica Galetti (Mere, UK)
Niki Nakayama & Carole Iida Nakayama (n/naka, USA) Rosio Sanchez (Hija de Sanchez, Denmark)
Sarah Ahmed (The Wine Detective, UK)
Skye Gyngell (Spring, UK)
Aaron Turner (Igni, VIC)
Alia Glorie (Billie H, WA)
Alice Zaslavsky (VIC)
Amy Hamilton (Liberte, WA)
Chris Morrison (Sommelier, NSW)
Danielle Alvarez (Fred’s, NSW)
Guillaume Brahimi (Bistro Guillaume, NSW, VIC & WA)
Guy Jeffreys (Millbrook Estate, WA)
Guy Grossi (Grossi, VIC)
Jerry Mai (Annam, VIC)
Jo Barrett (Oakridge, VIC)
Joel Valvazori-Pereza (Lulu La Delizia, WA)
Justine Schofield (Everyday Gourmet, NSW)
Kate Langbroek (VIC)
Luke Mangan (Luke Mangan Group, NSW)
Mat Lindsay (Ester, NSW)
Matt Okine (Shortcuts to Glory, NSW)
Matt Stone (Oakridge, VIC)
Mauro Bortolato (Sommelier, Glass Brasserie, NSW)
Melissa Leong (VIC)
Melissa Pelinkas (Young George, WA)
Mike Bennie (The Wine Front, NSW)
Mitch Orr (ACME, NSW)
Nick Stock (Winer writer, VIC)
Peter Gunn (IDES, VIC)
Rebecca Sullivan (Warndu, SA)
Rochelle Adonis (Rochelle Adonis Cakes & Confections, WA)
Shannon Martinez (Smith & Daughters, VIC)
Tetsuya Wakuda (Tetsuya’s, NSW)
Tommy Payne (WA)
Victor Liong (Lee Ho Fook, VIC)
Aaron Carr, Yarri Restaurant
Blair Allen, Amelia Park Restaurant
Brendan Pratt, Vasse Felix Dan Gedge, Leeuwin Estate Evan Hayter, Arimia Estate
George Cooper, Food by the Chef
Hayden Vink, Black Brewing Co.
Heath Townsend, Wise Vineyard Restaurant
Iain Robertson, Cullen Wines
Janice McDonald, Howard Park Wines Jeremy Gordon, Amelia Park Wines Malcom Chow, Chow’s Table
Melissa Kokoti, Xanadu Wines Mikihito Nagai, Miki’s Open Kitchen Paul Iskov, Fervor
Samira Damirova, Sam’s Foodie Goods
Seth James, Wills Domain Tony Howell, Cape Lodge Vanya Cullen, Cullen Wines Virginia Willcock, Vasse Felix