New WA Gourmet Escape expands food festival to three locations

  • Very first WA Gourmet Escape to feature exclusive culinary experiences spread across three WA locations
  • Eight new events added to line-up for WA Gourmet Escape to meet a range of tastes and budgets
  • Expanded format to attract more visitors and help boost the economy
  • New World Gourmet Symposium launched
  • Premier Mark McGowan and Tourism Minister Paul Papalia have announced the inaugural Western Australian Gourmet Escape taking place across three WA locations – the Swan Valley, Perth and Margaret River.

    A range of exciting new culinary experiences are confirmed for the WA Gourmet Escape which runs from November 8-17.

    Kicking off in the Swan Valley, Gourmet Feast in the Valley will take place at Sandalford Wines, promising to be a weekend-long celebration of food and music for the whole family.

    A Wine and Sign with Marco Pierre White event on November 9-10 has just been announced for Feast in the Valley, offering visitors a chance to meet their culinary idol.

    Another highlight of Feast in the Valley will be the Feast Fire Pit – featuring cooking demonstrations over open flames by culinary heavyweights such as Marco Pierre White and self-confessed ‘hardcore carnivore’ Jess Pryles.

    On the main stage there will be DJs and musicians catering to all ages and musical tastes, including headline band The Rubens, WA favourite Abbe May, and popular children’s entertainer Justine Clarke.

    There will also be plenty of food trucks on site offering a variety of cuisines; workshops and community talks celebrating the Swan Valley’s local produce; and a Little Grower’s Garden for the kids.

    Exciting new satellite event – the Tex-Mex Takeover, hosted by Jess Pryles and Mandoon executive chef Michael Hartnell, will take place on Friday November 8 at Mandoon Estate.

    Three new collaboration dinners have just been announced for the inaugural Perth leg of the event – featuring some of the city’s best restaurants and world-renowned culinary talent.

    These include Rishi Naleendra at Wildflower presented by Singapore Airlines (Monday November 11), An Evening with Pierre Koffmann and Guillaume Brahimi at Bistro Guillaume (Wednesday November 13) and Ciccio Sultano at Santini Bar and Grill (Thursday November 14).

    Moving down to the Margaret River region, the Fraser Gallop Estate Friday Long Lunch is back by popular demand on Friday November 15, with matched wines and food from Vue de Monde executive chef, Hugh Allen.

    Also new to the Margaret River event line-up is the 5 Hats Lunch: Momofuku Seiōbo x Yarri on November 16, a Caribbean-Australian six-course lunch presented by Momofuku executive chef Paul Carmichael and Yarri head chef, Aaron Carr.

    And on November 17, Wine and Swine with Colin Fassnidge – a new headline chef, exclusive to the Gourmet Village – offers guests an exclusive lunch and Q&A session with the Dublin-born favourite.

    Another exciting new addition to this year’s Western Australia Gourmet Escape is the World Gourmet Symposium, being held at Mandoon Estate on November 14.

    The symposium will offer a full day of networking, education and panel discussions for those in the food, drink and hospitality industry, providing an opportunity to meet and connect with attendees from international and Australian hospitality-focused businesses. For more details, visit

    Tickets for all Western Australian Gourmet Escape’s new events go on sale at 2pm WST on Tuesday September 10. More information is available at

    As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:

    “The inaugural Western Australia Gourmet Escape is supported by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia’s Regional Events Program and is another key initiative aimed to attract visitors, create jobs and boost the local economy.

    “It will be a drawcard for people to visit one, two or all three of the event’s locations and be part of this newly expanded culinary festival which enables local businesses to showcase their produce. 

    “Plus the eight new events announced for this year’s Western Australia Gourmet Escape add even more variety to for local and visiting foodies looking for the ultimate culinary experience at a range of budgets and tastes.

    “The lengthened time period and added locations are designed to attract more visitors from interstate and overseas, helping to boost WA’s economy.”

    As stated by Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:

    “Offering three locations in this year’s new expanded format allows so many more opportunities to experience WA’s outstanding produce, while meeting world-class chefs and winemakers.

    “Gourmet Feast in the Valley will play to the Swan Valley’s rustic charm, celebrating the region’s rich history and bountiful produce, while the Perth events will highlight how far our city has come over the past few years, transforming in to a vibrant and bustling foodie hub.

    “This year’s Margaret River program builds on what was already a hugely successful culinary event, and continues to showcase the region that’s recently been named by Lonely Planet as the best destination in the Asia Pacific.

    “I look forward to this event continuing to grow into the future, proving Western Australia truly is a world-class culinary destination.”

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