Margaret River 2017 Gourmet Escape

Cooking classes at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape

The dates are set for the 2017 Margaret River Gourmet Escape; November 16 through November 19.

This annual extravaganza, has gained the attention of renowned chefs, award winning grape growers, food lovers, and wine aficionados from around the globe so much that there is an added day for this not-to-be-missed event. This will be the 6th annual Gourmet Escape and it will be like no other that has come before. Why? Because, while this is the event that has so many wine and food lovers looking forward to with so much delight, it is also the 50th anniversary of Margaret River’s entrance into the world of wine. If you have ever dreamed of attending this celebrated event, this would be the year!

Accommodation is Getting Scarce

Last year over 20,000 people attended the three day festival. This year, with the addition of one more day, the 50th anniversary of our award winning wineries, and the increased focus from celebrities, news reporters, and top culinary professionals, the anticipated number of participants is well over 35,000. That is a lot of people coming to Margaret River and the nearby communities. This is good news for our region, but it also means that if we are on your calendar of to-do events, you need to make your reservations at Forest Rise before all of the remaining chalets are taken.

We are an eco-accredited resort nestled in the heart of the festivities, conveniently located close to Western Australia’s finest vineyards and scenic attractions, yet secluded enough for romantic getaways with private lodgings, walking trails, and a tranquil lake on the property. You can take advantage of the highlights of the festival and then return to the luxury and the privacy of your own personal hideaway to rest up for the next day’s excitement.

Something for Everyone

Gourmet foodThe attractions and exhibits this year have grown to an outstanding 75 features. And, with the variety of independent vendors at various attractions, there will be literally hundreds of restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, artisan producers, Giniversity’s Gin blending, book signings, and elite cuisine essentials on display. The favourite events from prior years will be available this year also, including the ever popular Gourmet Village.

There are countless wine tastings, some happening at our local vineyards and others occurring at the displays from award winning foreign labels. Special, once-in-a-lifetime events include a helicopter ride to an exotic outdoor dining experience, dining aboard a custom designed yacht, lunch in the Olive Groves ala the fabled Italian long-table style, dining among the grapevines at the palatial estates of several Margaret River top wineries, exclusive wine auctions, and a twilight cape tour with a native BBQ.

Palate Pleasers

If vegan dining is your preference, you’ll find it. If food from the sea is what you’re after, you’ll find it. If poultry or meat is your ideal meal, you’ll find it. The same is true for your desire to sample the best of the region’s cheeses, pastries, breads, and desserts, you’ll find it. Looking for that one, very special wine, craft beer, or liqueur, you’ll find it. And, with the opportunity to purchase your special finds, you’ll be able to revisit your adventure time and again at home.

Special Attractions

When your palate has been satisfied, there are plenty of other events that will capture your attention. These include art galleries, photographer exhibits, farmers markets, the MiLi’s Maze Market, live music and comedy entertainment, and many, many more specialty tables featuring local artists and craftsmen. Some events are available every day of the Gourmet Escape while others are programmed for select days and times. You can see a complete listing of the 2017 events here.

Elite Appearances

With so many events, and so much to see and do, the 2017 Margaret River Gourmet Escape will have something happening from early in the morning until late in the evening. There are dozens of celebrity chefs, award winning wine and beer crafters, entertainers, and wine critics from around the globe scheduled to attend this year. Without a doubt, it’s totally conceivable that you’ll find yourself rubbing elbows of one or more of these elite guests.

Ultimate Extravaganza

Closing Party

Of course, the absolute place to be on the last day is at the Official Closing Party for the climax of another awesome gourmet adventure. Specialty cocktails created only for this occasion by the master mixologist Vijay Mudaliar, will combine traditional liqueurs with native ingredients. And what goes better with cocktails or wine than delectable snacks? That is certainly what’s on the menu when the award-winning chef and host of Sydney’s “The Chef’s Line”, Dan Hong, is creating and serving his most exciting Asian appetizers.

And, of course, the one added attraction that makes any party swing and sway with enthusiasm is music. The evening’s infectious atmosphere of soul and palate will be accomplished by a pair of Australia’s most celebrated DJ’s.

Accommodation at Forest Rise

With just a few weeks until the event of the year begins, you’ll need to make your reservations now. You can inquire about accommodations at Forest Rise Chalets and Lodge by email at reception@forestrise.com.au, or by telephoning (08) 9755 7110.