Margaret River Gourmet Escape's 2017 program expands

Food and wine festival, Margaret River Gourmet Escape, has revealed the expansion of its 2017 November program with the introduction of our new events and chef partnerships.

Returning to the festival is the 2017 World’s Best Female Chef, Ana Ros (Hiša Franko). She will present a special World Discovery Dinner at Voyager Estate with a focus on Slovenian flavours and traditions. Voyager Estate's executive chef, Santiago Fernandez, will be helping out in the kitchen, while wine critic, Jancis Robinson OBE, MW (UK) will lead the dining room on a discussion on Margaret River wine.

The Great Soirée at Fraser Gallop Estate will see Melbourne chef and restaurateur, Andrew McConnell, team up with local chef Aaron Carr to create a canapé menu to be paired with Fraser Gallop's award-winning Bordeaux-style wines.

Women in Foodservice Awards finalist, Jo Barrett, will collaborate with Oakridge co-head chef, Matt Stone at Amelia Park Winery Restaurant for a special lunch showcasing the region’s locally foraged ingredients.

O Sole Mio will see Italian Michelin-starred chef, Anthony Genovese (Il Pagliaccio, Rome) and George Cooper (Food by the Chef), partner up to craft a long lunch within the olive grove of the 130 hectare property of olive oil producer, Olio Bello. Guests will be able to explore the grounds and and olive-pressing facility ahead of a mini masterclass.

Woodlands Wineswill play host to a 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).

The World’s Best Chefs Table will see many of the world’s top chefs crafting and creating intimate, and unique dining experiences for the Margaret River Gourmet Escape. They include Ros, Alex Atala (D.O.M, Brazil) and Asia’s Best Female Chef May Chow (Little Bao, Hong Kong), David Thompson (Nahm, Thailand), Andre Chiang (Restaurant Andre, Singapore) and Ashley Palmer-Watts (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, UK).

And included in the program favourites that are set to return is the Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate Winery. Over 120 artisan food, wine and brewing producers showcase their products over the festival weekend with The Margaret River Distilling Company's gin blending masterclasses, Lurpak's cookery school, and Meat & Livestock Australia's The Butcher’s Block amongst the events.

The Margaret River Gourmet Escape runs November 16-19. For further information, please visit gourmetescape.com.au.