The world famous Margaret River Gourmet Escape once again descends on the Margaret River Region for another year, bringing a fantastic line up of amazing food, fine wines, great beer and celebrity chefs.
Margaret River Gourmet Escape is excited to support an incredible line-up of Fringe Events being held across the region. Fringe Events are run by local venues to celebrate the Gourmet Escape weekend. Continue your adventures throughout the beautiful Margaret River Wine Region at your choice of Fringe Events brought to life in local restaurants and wineries.
BARNYARD 1978 CASUALLY CLASSY BREAKFAST FEAST
Barnyard 1978, 12 Canal Rocks Road, Yallingup WA 6282
Prepare your taste buds for the Gourmet Escape food & wine journey! Fresh zesty & tasty breakfast at Barnyard 1978 Margaret River casually classy restaurant and cellar door.
Amidst making and serving sharing dishes, fabulous pasta, pouring our guests glasses of estate wine, and making everyone happy, chef Jamie Alexander prepared something special for you because everybody loves a sneak peak.
- Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November, 8.00am-12.00pm
Tickets: Breakfast set menu $38, including Barnyard 1978 non-vintage style sparkling
CAPEL VALE – BLACK LABEL WINE CELEBRATION
Capel Vale Restaurant, 118 Mallokup Road Capel WA
Enjoy your Gourmet Escape food & wine journey with Capel Vale wines.
Join Capel Vale Wines in celebrating their 40th Anniversary as a family owned and operated winery. On your journey to Gourmet Escape make Capel Vale your first visit. The winery is re-releasing their much loved Black Label Range, fruit sourced from the families Scholar Margaret River vineyard. Enjoy these award winning wines matched to morsels of food, where each item on the match plate matches the characteristics in the wine.
- Capel Vale 2014 Black Label Margaret River Chardonnay Match Plate & glass of wine $40
- Capel Vale 2013 Black Label Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Match Plate and glass of wine $40
CLOUDBURST WINE DINNER
Sidekick Café, 116 Bussell Highway, Margaret River WA 6285
Cloudburst creator and avant-garde vigneron Will Berliner presents his ground breaking Margaret River wines alongside the gastronomy of trailblazing guest chef/entrepreneur Clint Nolan, and award-winning guest sommelier Dan Wegener.
Clint will team with Executive Chef Rick Houston from Settlers Tavern to create an inspiring and memorable menu highlighting the region’s best produce to match these great wines.
Sidekick Café will be the unique site of one of the most exciting regional food and wine events of the year. Tickets include pre-dinner reception, dinner and accompanying wine.
- Saturday 21st November, 6.30-10.00pm
HANDS ON VODKA INFUSION
Still House, The Grove Experience, Wilyabrup WA
Taking place in the Still House, The Grove Experience Distiller, James Reed will explain the distillation process and have samples of produce that are used during the maturation period for people to experience.
Participants will also taste two TGE infused vodkas before infusing their own bottle of tripled distilled Executive Vodka with a selection of fresh produce. Bottles will be individually labelled and sealed for take home.
- Friday 20th November – Session 1: 12.30pm
- Friday 20th November – Session 2: 3:00pm
CUVÉE COLLABORATION AT WILLS DOMAIN
Corner Brash / Abbeys Farm Road, Yallingup, WA
Wills Domain, WA Good Food Guide’s best regional restaurant 2014 & 2015, invites you to join us for an indulgent gourmet collaboration the likes of which Margaret River has never seen.
Celebrate the combined release of our most prodigious Wills Domain Cuvée D’Élevage range at an indulgent 5-course lunch prepared by four Australian masters of Culinary Arts. Hosted by John Lethlean, national restaurant critic and food journalist for The Australian and expert panelist for Channel 7’s Restaurant Revolution.
- Friday 20th November – Sunday 22nd November, 12.00-3.30pm
HEYDON ESTATE VERTICAL TASTING – THE WILLOW CHARDONNAY 2007-2012
Heydon Estate, 325 Tom Cullity Drive Wilyabrup 6280
Join Heydon Estate for an exclusive vertical tasting of their internationally acclaimed The Willow Chardonnay, presented in Riedel glassware and side by side. The tasting includes the last 6 releases of The Willow Chardonnay from 2007-2012, winner of the GOLDS’s at the International Wine Challenge Perth, Melbourne and Margaret River Shows. Guest will also enjoy a glass of the newly released CHIN MUSIC Sauvignon Blanc and canapés on arrival.
There will be a limited opportunity offered to purchase back vintages.
HOWARD PARK VERTICAL WINE DINNER AT THE STUDIO BISTRO
The Studio Gallery & Bistro, 7 Marrinup Drive, Yallingup WA
The Studio Gallery & Bistro are joining forces with Burch Family wines for one of the greatest fringe events of the 2015 Gourmet Escape calendar, bringing together exceptional food and premium wines for a night of unforgettable dining.
The evening will commence with canapés paired with the 2009 Franck Bonville Millesime Brut Champagne. This will be followed by a six course degustation dinner paired with eleven of the finest Howard Park and Marchand & Burch wines, sourced exclusively from the Burch family’s museum.
- Thursday, November 19 at 6:30pm, $250
KAMBARANG – SOUTH WEST ABORIGINAL GOURMET EXPERIENCE
South West Institute of Technology Margaret River Campus, Lot 272 Bussell Highway, Margaret River, WA, 6285
After the success of the Inaugural event last year, we’re again introducing a feast of bush flavours within a contemporary international cuisine to tempt your senses with internationally renowned Aboriginal Chef Mark Olive aka ‘The Black Olive’ and Josh Whiteland from award winning local South West business Koomal Dreaming.
Supported by Aboriginal hospitality students from various High Schools as well as the Outback Academy apprentices, you’ll have a cultural culinary experience surrounded by the Noongar Art Exhibition as well as the music from our talented Noongar artists who are able to capture the hearts and imagination of an audience through song.
We will be taking you on a journey that you won’t get anywhere else and will leave you with an experience you are not likely to forget.
This event is proudly brought to you by Black Olive, Koomal Dreaming, Roelands Village, South West Institute of Technology, Prepare Produce Provide, Outback Academy, WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Council and Moontide Management.
OLIO BELLO ‘UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN’ LONG TABLE LUNCH
Olio Bello, 36 Armstrong Road (off Caves Road), Cowaramup
“Life offers you a thousand chances… all you have to do is take one.” ― Frances Mayes
You’re invited to linger under the olive trees for an endless long table lunch with a shared-plate Mediterranean menu designed around Olio Bello’s infused, orchard citrus and estate-pressed oils, farm-direct produce and the ingenuity of chefs Renae Alexander and Francesca Enzo. Experience the magic of this 320 acre certified organic property and multi-award winning producer. Your day includes Bellini and bruschetta on arrival, an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ pressing and tasting tour of new season oils, before a gentle stroll through the groves to your long-table luncheon. Sunflowers? Music? Limoncello? Anything is possible ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ at Olio Bello.
- Sunday 22 November 2015, 11.30am
A relaxed, rustic and engaging event with limited seats available. Fully inclusive tour, tasting, food & wine.