Revealed – Margaret River Gourmet Escape Plans

A new world class wine and food festival, the Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2012, could evolve into the most high profile wine and food festival not just in Australia but the entire Asia Pacific region.

Kim Hames, minister for tourism, announced the event earlier this month, saying that the Nov 22nd-25th festival would draw the world’s top chefs, celebrities and wine and culinary critics. The minister further said that there had been detailed consultations with state and regional tourism, wine and food industry groups and the event will have considerable local involvement.

The article “Gourmet Escape Festival To Be An International Drawcard” has full details of the Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2012. It quotes Minister Hames as saying: “Australia has a few good food and wine festivals, but Margaret River Gourmet Escape will be a truly international standard event, providing a fantastic attraction for locals and visitors, as well as priceless promotion for the Margaret River Wine Region and WA as a whole.”

Drawcards include UK celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, who owns the Fat Duck restaurant, and Rene Redzepi of the Copenhagen-based Noma, thrice named the world’s finest restaurant, as well as Justin North from Becasse restaurant in Sydney, Matt Stone from the Perth-based Greenhouse and head chef of Leeuwin Estate, Dany Angove.

The Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2012 will be managed by Brand Events Australia that will set up its office in the region. Brand Events has offices in seven different countries and manages restaurant festival “Taste” in 12 cities worldwide.

Nick Power, CEO of Margaret River Wine Industry Association said that the Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2012 would help take local wine brands to a new level. Nigel Gallop, president of the Association, said that he saw the annual event as an excellent platform to educate and induce people to try out Margaret River wines.

The Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2012 will include Leeuwin Estate’s Gourmet Village, with pop up restaurant, masterclasses, wine theatre, cooking demonstrations, Lunch in the Vines, meet the winemaker gatherings, wine routes as well as an Icon Celebration to award the icon of the industry every year.

Also, there is a regional wine and food trade program planned leading up to the Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2012, and a familiarisation program through which visiting critics and journalists will be shown around Western Australia.

For further details visit The Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2012

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.


  1. It was an amazing event. All set for another year and since My Kitchen Rules in Australia this has given it another BIG boost on the web with many people already seeking out how to buy tickets… Not available yet!

  2. The inaugural event last November was so much fun. I do hope that this year’s event will be as fun, but still retain the intimate feel of it, that the celeb chefs (though they are famous) are accessible.
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