Margaret River Gourmet Escape presented by Audi has expanded its 2017 program, introducing four new events and chef collaborations, across the four-day food and wine extravaganza set in Western Australia’s spectacular southwest.
The World’s Best Female Chef of 2017, Ana Ros (Hiša Franko), will return to showcase the flavours of Slovenia at the World Discovery Dinner at Voyager Estate presented by Audi, alongside newly appointed executive chef, Santiago Fernandez. World-renowned wine critic, Jancis Robinson OBE, MW (UK) will lead the conversation on the evening, pouring and discussing an outstanding selection of wines from Voyager Estate and other acclaimed Margaret River wineries.
For the first time, guests will have the opportunity to experience an incredible culinary adventure by helicopter, with WA chef, Paul Iskov. A scenic flight over Margaret River culminates in lunch made from foraged and local ingredients, prepared by Iskov and his team from Fervor. Upon landing in a secret, secluded location, guests will be greeted with a cocktail of native foraged ingredients, crafted by mixologist Vijay Mudaliar (Native, Singapore).
Fraser Gallop Estate owners, Nigel and Dorothy Gallop will once again open the doors of their private Georgian mansion and grounds to guests of Gourmet Escape for The Great Soirée at Fraser Gallop Estate. Melbourne’s acclaimed chef and restaurateur, Andrew McConnell will collaborate with local chef Aaron Carr to create a selection of canapés, paired with Fraser Gallop's multi award-winning Bordeaux-style wines on the 165 acre estate in Wilyabrup.
Rising young female chef, Jo Barrett (Oakridge Wines) will join her partner, Matt Stone at the newly opened Amelia Park Winery Restaurant for a special lunch showcasing the region’s finest flavours and locally foraged ingredients. Jo and Matt will partner with the restaurant’s owners, Blair and Renee Allen for the Regional Flavours lunch.
Another not-to-be missed event is O Sole Mio, the ultimate Italian long-table lunch with Italian Michelin-starred chef, Anthony Genovese (Il Pagliaccio, Rome) and George Cooper (Food by the Chef). Guests will dine among the olive grove of Olio Bello, a spectacular 130 hectare, certified organic property, which produces some of the country’s finest olive oil. Guests can also tour the grounds and olive-pressing facility, taste the olive oils and enjoy a mini masterclass.
For those looking for a highly coveted Saturday evening dinner, acclaimed Woodlands Wines will be opening their barrel room to host Gan Bei, a chinese feast prepared by festival first-timer and Michelin-starred chef, Andrew Wong (A Wong, London) and Andrew Bennett (Lucky Chan's, Perth).
Located in the heart of internationally acclaimed Leeuwin Estate Winery, the Gourmet Village is back bigger and better than ever with over 120 artisan food, wine and brewing producers over the weekend and for the first time ever, children under 12 receive free admission. New events include ‘Giniversity’s’ intimate gin blending masterclasses from The Margaret River Distilling Company, Lurpak’s hands-on cookery school and Meat & Livestock Australia presents The Butcher’s Block in association with Food Network, where the stars of ‘Eat Australia’ Andy Allen and Ben Milbourne explore the fine art of butchery.
Another new and exciting event taking place in the village, The World’s Best Chefs Table, which will see a selection of some of the world’s top chefs take their guests on an exceptional and intimate culinary journey. Ana Ros, along with returning favourite Alex Atala (D.O.M, Brazil) and Asia’s Best Female Chef May Chow (Little Bao, Hong Kong), will join the seriously impressive line-up of participating chefs, including David Thompson (Nahm, Thailand), Andre Chiang (Restaurant Andre, Singapore) and Ashley Palmer-Watts (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, UK).
Tickets to all events are available via Ticketek – www.ticketek.com.au