The seventh edition of Margaret River Gourmet Escape from 16 to 18 November will feature international chefs such as Nigella Lawson and Rick Stein alongside Singapore-based stars Jake Kellie and Julien Royer.

Foodies, mark your calendars. The seventh annual instalment of the Margaret River Gourmet Escape will be back this November and feature over 40 culinary stars including renowned author and television personality Nigella Lawson, winners of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, Chef’s Table heroes and Michelin-starred chefs. Better yet, festival visitors travelling to Perth from Singapore will be able to enjoy Singapore Airlines‘ return economy class tickets at special promotional prices (from $540).

Feast with culinary and astronomical stars - Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2018

Feast with culinary and astronomical stars

Fans will not want to miss Nigella’s events, such as the iconic Westpac Gourmet Beach BBQ (Friday, 16 November; lunch and dinner), Nigella’s Tea Party at Howard Park (Sunday, 18 November), as well as special appearances and a book signing session at the Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate (Saturday and Sunday, 17 and 18 November). From Singapore, chef Julien Royer of Odette (ranked 28th this year on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list) will be teaming up with Seth James at Wills Domain in Julien’s Domain, while Jake Kellie of one-Michelin-starred Burnt Ends will be cooking whole beasts over fire at Feast in The Forest at Leeuwin Estate.

Cookbook author and television personality Nigella Lawson - Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2018

Cookbook author and television personality Nigella Lawson

Other notable chefs to check out during the three-day event include Chef’s Table favourite Niki Nakayama, who will be preparing an intimate one-off lunch at Miki’s Open Kitchen.  In the meantime, chef Edgar Nunez from Sud 777 MEX, which ranks 64th on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, will be collaborating with Rosio Sanchez from world renowned taqueria Hija de Sanchez in Copenhagen and others to serve up a snack party of Mexican delicacies using local produce. James Lowe of London’s beloved Lyle’s and Mat Lindsay of Ester in Sydney will also be working together on a special menu at Lyle’s V’s Ester Dinner at Larry Cherubino Winery.

Stellar wines to be discovered from Cape Mentelle, leeuwin Estate, and more - Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2018

Stellar wines to be discovered from Cape Mentelle, Leeuwin Estate, and more

With over 45 events held at more than 25 unique and breathtaking locations, there is bound to be something for everyone, including vegans. Yes, you heard us right. Shannon Martinez of cult Melbourne vegan outpost Smith & Daughters will be transforming the restaurant at Wise Vineyard into a vegan Italian trattoria, where she will serve entirely plant-based riffs on focaccia, meatballs, tiramisu and other red-sauce favourites.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2018

Make your meals count

Lastly, don’t miss the Gourmet Village, held over the weekend of 17 and 18 November.  Set on the stunning grounds of Leeuwin Estate Winery, visitors can look forward to meeting over 120 artisan food producers, winemakers and brewers from around Western Australia, alongside visiting chefs and wine experts.

For more  information  and  to  book  your  tickets,  visit gourmetescape.com.au.

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This story was first published in Wine & Dine’s Sep/Oct 2018 issue – Behind The Scenes At Singapore’s Top Restaurants as a Special Feature.

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