Enjoy local and international flavours with a stunning backdrop.
Enjoy local and international flavours with a stunning backdrop. Contributed

TRAVEL: Escape to Margaret River this November

MARGARET River Gourmet Escape will showcase an impressive program of new and exciting events from November 18 to 20.

It's the festival's fifth anniversary, and more than 40 leading food and wine personalities from across the globe will join headliner Nigella Lawson to promote Western Australia's best at brunches, lunches, dinners, tastings, sundowners and more.

It is an opportunity to meet, greet and taste dishes cooked by some of the world's best chefs including:

* Joan Roca

* Isaac McHale

* Dominique Crenn

* Peter Gilmore

* Ana Roš

Along with Western Australian locals Aaron Carr, of Vasse Felix, Seth James, of Wills Domain, and Hadleigh Troy, of Restaurant Amusé, Perth.

Influential wine personalities, including wine writer and winemaker James Halliday, wine writer Joe Czerwinski and award-winning mixologist Tony Conigliaro.

They will share their knowledge and educate wine lovers and aficionados with world class wines, beer and exclusively brewed spirits from WA.

A range of fresh faces this year sees the addition of new and exciting events, including incredible once-in-a- lifetime dining experiences and chef collaborations with local, national and international chefs, presenting their signature cuisines in stunning locations across the region.



A visit to the festival is not complete without a visit to the Gourmet Village, located in the stunning surrounds of the renowned Leeuwin Estate Winery, which comes alive with a vast offering of restaurant dishes, cooking demonstrations, hands-on master-classes, thought-provoking food and wine conversations, live music and book signings.

The impressive line-up of chefs and wine experts will join artisan producers, winemakers and brewers as they meet, greet and educate visitors in the world of food and wine.

Favourite events returning to the festival will include:

* Audi Gourmet Beach Barbecue

* Feast in the Forest at the Safari Club at Leeuwin Estate

* Fraser Gallop Long Lunch and Sundown Soiree

* Shorehouse aboard Kimberley Quest II

* Cape Mentelle International Cabernet Tasting and Long Lunch

* Augusta Seafood Discovery Lunch

* Brunch with the Best at Voyager Estate

The modern British food he serves has taken the restaurant from a private supper club to a serious restaurant and earned the ranking of No. 26 in the World's 50 Best.

Among the most popular events is Audi's Local Origins being held at Vasse Felix.

With executive chef Aaron Carr at the helm, The Vasse Felix restaurant has long set the benchmark for winery restaurants in Australia.

Expect the synergy of kitchen talent to produce a sublime dinner with unforgettable Vasse Felix wines.

Whatever your passion, indulge in long-table lunches in the vines to once-in-a-lifetime dinners, from world-class wine tastings to fire-fuelled forest feasts, the festival provides unforgettable dining experiences, food and wine for every taste.

Or simply kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes at the best beach barbecue you'll ever see.

Melbourne favourite Andrew McConnell will join forces with Cullen Wines executive chef Colin Anderson to present McConnell's Kitchen at Cullen Wines.

Patrons can expect an exquisite dinner inside the beautiful historic granite and timber restaurant space, focusing on the best local bio-dynamic produce using fruit, herbs and vegetables sourced from Cullen Wines own extensive certified bio-dynamic gardens, accompanied by their wines.

The full program is available at www.gourmetescape.com.au and tickets are available through www.ticketek.com.au/gourmetescape.

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