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Margaret River Gourmet Escape has grown to become a premier culinary event, attracting international chefs and personalities such as Heston Blumenthal, Nigella Lawson, Rene Redzepi, Marco Pierre White, Massimo Bottura, Antonio Carluccio, David Chang and Rick Stein.

The event, which is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, has become arguably Australia’s leading food and wine festival.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape has significantly enhanced the food and wine reputation of the South West globally and provided economic benefits to the region and the State.

The event shines a spotlight on the region’s world-class wines and produce and extraordinary beaches, forests and vineyards and helps to put WA on the map as a quality destination to local, interstate and international audiences, through key influencers and extensive national and global media coverage. 

As a result of past Margaret River Gourmet Escape festivals, WA wines have featured on the wine lists of some of the world’s best restaurants such as Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck in London, Rick Stein has offered WA toothfish on his menu in the UK, and Kylie Kwong has included WA insects as part of her menu offerings.

The seventh Margaret River Gourmet Escape will run in November 2018, with the State Government looking to expand the festival in the future to feature not only Margaret River, but also the Swan Valley.

Last Reviewed: 2018-02-13