Gearing up for Gourmet Escape

The biggest festival of food and wine in Western Australia is about to get underway and the team at Margaret River Hospitality Group (MRHG) are excited to give attendees at their venues an extraordinary experience.

The three-day Margaret River Gourmet Escape starts on Friday November 20 and includes 31 satellite events, three of which feature MRHG venues and catering:

  • Battle of the Breweries on Friday and Saturday nights at The Common,
  • Sunset, Beats and Bites at the White Elephant Beach Café on Friday, and
  • Feast in the Forest at the Leeuwin Estate Safari Club on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Attending his first Gourmet Escape as a partner in MRHG, Executive Chef Tony Howell said that attendees are in for a treat.

“Sunset, Beats and Bites at the White Elephant Beach Café in my opinion, is the best venue in the State with that stunning view of Gnarabup Bay – to sit there with tunes, amazing wine and delicious food will be magic. We don’t open the venue at night, only for special functions and weddings, so it’ll be a great experience for those lucky enough to have tickets,” Howell said.

While Sunset Beats and Bites is sold out, there are still tickets available for Battle of the Breweries and Feast in the Forest.

“The Common, which only opened in August, has quickly become a part of the neighbourhood - it's like when you meet someone for the first time but feel like you’ve known them for ages - it's like The Common has been there for ages,” Howell explained.

“At The Common, we’re hosting Battle of the Breweries which is a true beer lovers event and we’ve matched a sit-down dinner menu to complement the beers from Colonial and Cheeky Monkey.”

The menu features dishes such as chermoula lamb rib, romesco, smoked macadamias; sous vide beef brisket, potato and thyme terrine, shaved raddicco salad, mustard cream jus; and chocolate stout cake, butterscotch sauce and vanilla cream.

MRHG is assisting with the catering for Feast in the Forest, a farm-to-fork style dinner set in what’s being called the Safari Club at Leeuwin Estate under an authentic Aussie barn. There are lunch and dinner sittings on each day of the Gourmet Escape that will feature a star-line up of chefs including Sat Bains, George Calombaris, Scott Bridger, James Viles, Porteño chefs Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz, David Moyle and Richard Turner.

Howell said that an event of the calibre of Margaret River Gourmet Escape is terrific for the region.

“As a chef, I’m excited to meet other great chefs from all over the world as well as catch up with the guys I've become mates with over the years, see their ideas and see how they use WA products,” the 46-year-old said.

“Without a doubt the Gourmet Escape has helped raise the profile of Margaret River as a food destination and I love that the visiting chefs, some of the best in the world, leave raving about the place. It makes me feel incredibly privileged to live here.”

At the Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate there will be 150 artisan producers, 70 wineries offering over 350 wines to try, interactive food and wine activities, along with hands-on attractions featuring world renowned chefs and wine experts. It is every foodie’s dream. Tickets available from