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“One stop food & shopping”

Margaret River Gourmet Escape
Ranked #46 of 56 Tours in Margaret River
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Margaret River Gourmet Escape presented by Audi is a unique opportunity to discover wondrous produce, taste world-renowned wines and meet internationally celebrated chefs, food producers and winemakers amongst the extraordinary natural beauty of the Margaret River Wine region. Over 40 culinary superstars from around the world will share their knowledge and passion across an abundance of mesmerising food encounters. 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. Tuck into the ultimate meat-lover’s feast in a karri forest. Indulge in magnificent seafood during a cruise on Geographe Bay. Chill out under the stars while a cult DJ plays mellow beats. Or simply kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes at the best beach barbecue you’ll ever see. No visit to Gourmet Escape is complete without experiencing the delights of the Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate Winery, which comes alive over two days. With cooking demonstrations and master classes from the star studded line up as well as Western Australia’s top restaurants, winemakers, brewers and food producers, this is the ultimate way to discover global tastes and local flavours. Food, wine and a legendary culinary line up in one of the most beautiful places on earth? Count yourself in, and let the feast begin.
Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

A nice outdoor event to taste all kinds of gourmet food & wines. Wines can be purchased by the glass or bottle. Need to purchase GEMs to buy food & drinks in the event. 1 Gem = $7. Quite pricey but it was a lovely experience for first timer like us. The only downside: insufficient tables, chairs & shades.

Wear loose comfortable clothing. Avoid high heels. Bring sunnies, hats, umbrellas & slather on sunblock! There are tons of flies flying around too!

1  Thank meyxtine
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Reviewed November 23, 2014

This was my third visit to the Gourmet Escape and it seems you are getting less for more money every year. I understand the event organisers have started smelling the money after the first successfull year, and they are now milking it wherever they can. Why for example are even tasting glasses not included anymore in the entry fee of $38? For a couple, this is now $76 just to get your foot through the door. Then of course you need the gems, plus now $3,50 each for a tasting glass. If paying for a glass, at least offer the nice wine glasses again, like for the inaugral event. I was under the impression that the Gourmet Escape was a GROUMET Escape, and the proper glasses made a big difference in the first year.
Now it seems the class system is kicking in more and more. Not only do you seem to get seperated at the entry gates, making you feel like you're cattle class; it's people with money over there in the shade on the cushions, and people with less money on hay balls on the grass.
It was also slightly disappointing that the food portions became smaller (but more expensive). While serving large amounts of wine, I believe substantial food (not just tiny gourmet tastes) should be served (which was happening in the previous years).
It would have also been nice to know that service of alcohol - and even sales - stopped at 4:30pm. We were planning on getting a bottle of wine or two on our way out before 5 o'clock (the official end of the event), but were not able to taste or purchase anything after 4:30pm. This was a new rule this year and should have been made clear and/or advertised on your way in.
Don't get me wrong, i still did enjoy the Gourmet Escape this year, but I dread to think of the tiny amounts of produce and bang for a buck that we can expact next year.

4  Thank Sofia378
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Reviewed November 23, 2014

This was my first time however it will not be my last. Fantastic event ! The food and wine was to die for and the celebrity chefs were fantastic

1  Thank Kim C
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Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

Very interesting day. Most impressed with the number and quality of the exhibitors. Especially enjoyed the paddock to plate session on sunday with the nannup sheep cheese. Only disappointment was the fact we thought that it was gems only transactions at the gourmet village but some exhibitors were asking for cash plus gems for overvalued items. Ie icecream. The positve was the wonderful girls and excellent value product we got at the Jingalli Olive Oil Stand

2  Thank Belletoby
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

I went to the first Margaret River Gourmet Escape last year in November and it was fantastic! We stayed in Margaret River for the whole 3 days of the event and went to a number of different events across the weekend.

WE arrived on the Friday morning and went to the Fraser Gallop Long Lunch at the Fraser Gallop Winery which started out weekend off to a delicious start! We are huge fans of Lisa Perrotti-Brown - a master of wine from Singapore and it was a great event to go to and learn about the vintage wines. The menu was vintage themed and showcased some of the regions finest produce as well as being incredibly delicious.

On the SAturday we went to the Smiths Beach BBQ for lunch and my goodness the food was excellent, scenery was amazing and the whole experience was very worth while. The teepees added to the look and feel of the event and provided us with shade if we needed it - which was good to have as the weather was beautiful yet a bit too hot at times. The food at the Smiths Beach BBQ was prepared by a number of world class chefs such as David Chang, Matt Moran, Peter Kuruvita, George Calombaris and many more . It was lovely to see the chefs in a different element to their own kitchen. The BBQ was well run and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The transfers to and from Smiths Beach were a great idea as it allowed you to enjoy the event and have a glass of wine or two without worrying about being over the limit to drive.

On the Sunday we went to the gourmet village at Leeuwin Estate and that was a great day too! There were so many different exhibitors showcasing their different products and there was such a wide variety of things to choose from. There was also a number of features going on throughout the day such as the main stage where you could watch chefs demonstrate a particular dish and learn some tips of the trade from the chefs, for the wine fans such as myself there was sessions for wine tastings - I did a session in the afternoon and found it very interesting as well as tasty! For families with children there was also kids cooking classes with MasterChef LIVE which I thought was a great idea as it gave children the opportunity to do some cooking too!

There were a lot of other events that were on offer over the weekend which unfortunately I didn't manage to go to but will definitely be going along this year!

I receive their newsletters and foodie news on a regular basis and know that it's coming up in November so will definitely be going along for more food and wine tastings!

HOpe this helps anyone who is interested in going :)

4  Thank Lauren W
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