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Margaret River Gourmet Escape


Marco Pierre White, one of the pioneers of modern cuisine, officially kicked off the 2015 Margaret River Gourmet Escape on Wednesday 18th November. The youngest chef ever to be awarded three Michelin stars, he was the headline attraction for this year’s culinary festival which started on Friday 20th.

The 2015 event featured more than 50 culinary events over three days, from November 20 to 22, over 3 complementary programs:

Gourmet Village: Hosted at Leeuwin Estate winery, the stars come together in an action-packed programme filled with cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, master classes, intimate Q&As and panel discussions.

Satellite Events: Extending the gourmet experience, these events in over 20 stunning locations offer everything from long lunches in private family wineries, iconic beach BBQs, feasts in the forest and exclusive intimate collaboration dinners, and will be joined by world class culinary talent and local experts.

Fringe Events: Held across the region, these events are run by local restaurants and wineries throughout the beautiful Margaret River Wine Region to celebrate the Gourmet Escape weekend.

A key component of the State Government’s Taste 2020 food and wine tourism strategy launched earlier this year, the Margaret River Gourmet Escape is supported by the State Government through Royalties for Regions.

Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the Margaret River Gourmet Escape’s ability to attract the best chefs in the world was one of the keys to the event’s success. “Over the years, local, national and international chefs of note have embraced the Margaret River Gourmet Escape experience, resulting in worldwide media coverage of Western Australia’s South-West region and showcasing our State’s amazing food and wine. This year is no exception with the line-up also including Antonio Carluccio, Sat Bains, Aaron Carr, Adriano Zumbo, Rick Stein and Matt Stone, to name a few.”

Dr Hames said foodies had been quick to embrace the event with about 22,000 tickets sold to the festival last year, more than double the sales for the first gourmet escape in 2012.

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