Tuesday, August 20, 2013


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A toast to the good life!


Margaret River is one of the planet's loveliest places and once you come here, for sure you will plan a return trip within 5 years max! 

Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia fly direct from Kuala Lumpur to Perth, capital of Western Australia where you must stay before and after Margaret River. Margaret River is only 270 km away from Perth which is 3 hours drive.

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You don't get this in Malaysia!
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Looks like fun!

Margaret River Gourmet Escape Announces New Events to its Program
Offering More Access to Unforgettable Food & Wine Experiences

Margaret River Gourmet Escape, presented by Siemens Home Appliances, is pleased to announce exciting additional events to its already jam packed program.

Due to the overwhelming response and public support for this year’s festival, these new satellite events will ensure more people can enjoy some truly unique experiences in one of the world’s most exceptional food and wine regions. Whether it be kicking off the day with the sand between your toes and the Indian Ocean as your morning view enjoying a gourmet beach brunch or sipping award winning wines and tasting canapés at a sundowner soiree at an exclusive winery, these events will showcase the best of Margaret River, its incredible produce, world class wine and beautiful scenery and give visitors more opportunities to get up close with the lauded line up of chefs and wine talent over the three days.

Friday Sundown Soiree at Fraser Gallop Estate
The ideal way to start your gourmet weekend is at the stunning private Fraser Gallop Estate. This sundowner soiree will see you enjoying award winning wines by the exclusive Fraser Gallop Winery and canapés by Hadleigh Troy of Restaurant Amusé whilst soaking up the beautiful scenery and rubbing shoulders with a special pop in by Heston Blumenthal.
Friday 22 November, 4-7pm
Fraser Gallop Estate, 547 Metricup Rd  Wilyabrup, WA 6051
Cost: A$130 per person

The Collaboration Series, Xanadu
The third announcement in the Collaboration Series is an exclusive Friday dinner at Xanadu Winery. The menu will see a collaboration between the esteemed Mark Best (3 hatted Sydney restaurant Marque and Pie Modern Melbourne), French chef Julien Royer voted as 2013 “the one to watch” in the Acqua Panna San Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards (JAAN, Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore) and Melissa Kokoti and her team at Xanadu. The menu matched with outstanding Xanadu and other wines from the region will ensure a truly extraordinary dining experience.
Friday 22 November, 6pm
Xanadu, Boodjidup Road, Margaret River, WA 6285 
Cost: A$300 per person

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Lisa Perroti Brown
Masters, Michelin & Magnums Dinner at Howard Park Estate
Burch Family Wines is offering a luxurious wine and food affair with an exclusive “Masters, Michelin & Magnums” dinner. Michelin-star chef, Alain Fabrègues will craft a classic French menu around original recipes from his work with various masters of French cuisine, including Jean Delaveyne. Fabrègues has become renowned for his acclaimed WA restaurants, The Loose Box and Bistro Des Artistes and in 1991, he became the holder of the prestigious ‘Meiller Ouvrier De France’, the highest honour attainable for any craftsman. Guests will enjoy iconic new-release wines from Howard Park and Marchand & Burch to be poured from magnums to complement each of Fabrègues flights and will hear from the esteemed Singaporean-based wine luminary, Lisa Perrotti-Brown Master of Wine. With only 40 seats available, tickets for this enviable event will not last.
Saturday 23 November, 7pm for Champagne and Amuse Bouche on arrival
Howard Park Estate, 543 Miamup Road, Cowaramup
Cost: A$500 per person
Tickets: Purchased through Howard Park Head office (08) 9336 9600

Gourmet Beach BBQ Sunday Brunch by Lamont’s and Extra Tickets for other Beach BBQ Sessions Available
A Sunday brunch like no other with sand beneath your toes and the Indian Ocean as your morning view, savouring a buffet BBQ brunch created by the team at Lamont’s using the region’s finest produce. This gourmet feast with the sea breeze and sound of crashing waves is the absolute perfect finish to an idyllic weekend or start to your Gourmet Escape indulgent Sunday.
Sunday 24 November, 9-11am
Smiths Beach, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, Smiths Beach Road, Yallingup, WA 6282
Cost: A$90 per person
Tickets: www.ticketek.com.au  

Due to popular demand, a small allocation of additional tickets to all other Beach BBQ sessions are now available. Get in quick to ensure you don’t miss out on this quintessential West Australian experience.

There will be an exciting range of fringe events taking place throughout the region during the course of the three days. Key events are outline below:

George Calombaris presents The Press Club POP UP at Wise Vineyard Restaurant
Join chef and restaurateur George Calombaris from Melbourne’s lauded The Press Club where he will create an intimate lunch at Wise Vineyard Restaurant - the menu created using the freshest seasonal and regional ingredients.
Sunday 24 November, 12pm
Wise Vineyard Restaurant, Eagle Bay Road, Dunsborough, WA 6281
Cost: A$250
Tickets: To book call Wise Vineyard Restaurant (08) 9755 3331

A Decadent Lunch Celebration at Cullen Wines
To celebrate the life of its founder Dr Kevin John Cullen, Cullen Wines will treat guests to an elaborate lunch with executive chef Dave Hull creating a menu using biodynamic produce from the winery’s gardens and the rare opportunity to sample biodynamic wines and international world class wines including a magnum of Bordeaux valued over $30,000.  Special guest is Singapore based wine writer Ch’ng Poh Tiong.
This event is strictly limited to 30 guests.
Friday 22nd November, 12-14pm
Cullen Wines, 4323 Caves Road, Wilyabrup WA 6280                
Cost: A$600 per person
Tickets: Purchased through Cullen Wines (08) 9755 5656

Cullen Wines Song Dinner
This unique dinner at Cullen Wines will be an evening of short story and poetry reading around the theme of Wine song complemented by a dinner created by its executive chef Dave Hull using ingredients from the winery’s biodynamic garden matched with Cullen Wines. An evening of wine poems, short stories and even some wine songs.
Saturday 23 November, 7pm
Cullen Wines, 4323 Caves Road, Wilyabrup WA 6280                
Cost: A$180 per person
Tickets: Purchased through Cullen Wines (08) 9755 5656

Lamonts Restaurant at Smiths Beach Resort Wine tastings

·         Margaret River Chardonnay Perspectives Tasting with Oliver Crawford from Devil’s Lair
With a flair for Chardonnay and an intuitive knack for getting the best out of Margaret River’s Mediterranean climate, Devil’s Lair Winemaker Oliver Crawford will present a collection of Australian and international wines that capture the qualities of Chardonnay today, illustrate how Margaret River performs on an international scale and dispels some of the myths of this popular variety followed by dinner.
Wednesday 20 November, Tasting 4pm sharp – 6.30pm followed by dinner
                Lamont’s Smiths Beach, Smiths Beach Road, Yallingup
                Cost: A$165 per person
                Tickets: Purchased through www.lamonts.com.au/MRGE
                *Bookings essential and each event is subject to capacity.

·        Western Australian Cabernet Perspectives Tasting with Larry Cherubino

Join Margaret River trailblazer Larry Cherubino and delve into what makes Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon so special. Identify how it compares to Australian and international benchmarks and try some simply stunning wines. Taste and compare 12 Cabernet-dominant wines carefully selected by Larry for their ability to tell a fascinating story about this region’s hero variety, followed by a casual lunch prepared and served by Lamont’s.

Thursday 21 November, Tasting 11am sharp – 1.30 followed by lunch
Lamont’s Smiths Beach, Smiths Beach Road, Yallingup
Cost: A$185 per person
            Tickets: Purchased through www.lamonts.com.au/MRGE
*Bookings essential and each event is subject to capacity.

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Voyager Nigel Harvey
Voyager Estate Discovery Dinner
Wine is a voyage – of exploration, discovery and enjoyment. This voyage is often most enjoyed when accompanied by wonderful food. Voyager Estate’s Executive Chef, Nigel Harvey and Manager of Viticulture and Winemaking, Steve James, will present the Estate’s new Discovery Menu, taking guests on a sensory journey that tells the story of their wines from vineyard to glass. Nigel and his team will draw inspiration from Voyager Estate’s elegant, site-specific wines and will create dishes to perfectly complement them.  
Friday 22 November, 6pm for 6.30pm dinner
Voyager Estate, 1 Stevens Road, Margaret River
Cost: A$200 per person includes six-course menu matched to Voyager Estate wines

Tickets: Through www.voyagerestate.com.au or phone (08) 9757 6354

Tickets are limited for all events so early purchase is recommended to avoid disappointment. Visitors can sign up for news on the culinary talent and event program updates at www.gourmetescape.com.au.

Tickets to the heart of the festival, The Gourmet Village are also available. This will be a vibrant hub featuring wine tastings, the best West Australian premium wineries and producers, masterclasses with all the culinary talent and demonstrations with the Margaret River Gourmet Escape chefs.

Tickets to unique and exciting events including the Food for Thought presented by Breville series and The Forager – a truly unique Australian experience, are still available but get in quick – they won’t last!

Famous for its exceptional food and wine, Margaret River is the only wine region in Australia that boasts beautiful beaches, spectacular tall tree forests, cave systems, incredible surfing, whale watching and wildflowers, making it an extraordinary holiday destination. It is also the perfect base to explore the natural beauty, unique attractions and fresh produce of the South West corner of Western Australia.

Margaret River is a 3.5 hour drive south of Perth. Virgin Australia operates flights from Perth to Busselton, which is approximately 45 minutes drive from Margaret River township. International flights operate to Perth Airport.

For more information on holidaying in Western Australia, visit www.westernaustralia.com
For event information: www.gourmetescape.com.au

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