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The Most Indulgent Events At Gourmet Escape 2018

It is the region’s largest and most revered food and wine showcase, and this year the Margaret River Gourmet Escape is back from November 16 to 18 with an even more indulgent event calendar than the last. Back for her second helping, Nigella Lawson joins the likes of celebrity chefs Rick and Jack Stein, Tetsuya Wakuda, Monica Galetti and other local chefs as they host a weekend of long lunches, lavish dinners and sunset beach parties.

With some 24 events already on the calendar for the weekend, there are plenty of decadent lunches, dinners and tastings to sink your teeth in to. If intimate and indulgent events are on the agenda for this year’s Gourmet Escape, look no further than these special one-off events.

Cape Mentelle International Cabernet Tasting and Long Lunch

Cape Mentelle’s annual cabernet tasting originated in back in 1982, and this year it is one of the feature events of Gourmet Escape.

In 2018, the Cape Mentelle International Cabernet Tasting and Long Lunch will take you on a journey through Margaret River and other prestigious wine regions around the world with a blind tasting of 20 different 2015 cabernets, and a perfectly paired long lunch. Expect to get your senses around some world-class cabernets from Tuscany, Bordeaux, Napa, Australia and further afield.

Taking place in the cabernet wine cellar at Cape Mentelle, the elaborate tasting will be facilitated by Sarah Ahmed – an English wine writer for The Wine Detective – and a panel of other expert commentators.

Following the tasting, guests will be guided to the lawns to enjoy a flute of Veuve Clicquot, before sitting down to a long lunch prepared by chef Kate Lamont. The menu will showcase the pristine produce found in the Margaret River region and will be expertly matched to the cabernets from the tasting.

Tickets to the epic 6-hour cabernet tasting are $650.00 (plus a booking fee) and include a take-home gift of the yet to be released Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2016.

Friday, November 16, 10am, 331 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River WA 6285

Guy Grossi Aboard Ocean Dream

The Margaret River region is equally as celebrated for its stunning coastline as it is its burgeoning wine and produce industry. Enjoy the best of both land and sea at an indulgent afternoon event, wining and dining aboard a luxury 25-meter twin catamaran sailing through Geographe Bay.

After recently opening his acclaimed Italian restaurant at The Westin in Perth, chef Guy Grossi is heading further south to bring a little bit of Positano’s ‘dining by the sea’ vibe to the 2018 Gourmet Escape. Accompanied by Mario Di Natale (head chef of Garum Perth), the duo will be serving up the best in Italian summer canapes along with wines sourced from the Margaret River region aboard the luxurious Ocean Dream catamaran.

This event provides guests a rare chance to step aboard the exclusive Ocean Dream catamaran, which spends the better portion of the year chartering guests through areas in the remote Kimberley region.

The three-hour sailing package will set you back $260.00 plus a booking fee.

Saturday, November 17, noon, $260, Cnr Forth St and Geographe Bay Road, Abbey, WA

Julien’s Domain

Julien’s Domain is the first of the two collaborative events on the Gourmet Escape calendar for Wills Domain chef Seth James; an event held in partnership with Singapore based French chef, Julien Royer.

Hailing from Auvergne in Central France, Royer carved out his career in Singapore where his polished, modern brand of French cooking has earned him several accolades. His two Michelin-starred restaurant Odette has made it onto both the 2017 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list and the World’s 50 Best list.

On November 16, Royer and James will put technically focused culinary skills together to serve up a memorable dinner where East meets South West. The dinner will be accompanied by award winning wines from Wills Domain, and gorgeous views of the sunset over the estate’s vineyards.

Friday, November 16, 6.30pm, $330, Wills Domain Winery, 17 Brash Rd, Yallingup 

Fishtales With Rick Stein at Wills Domain

Everyone’s favourite father and son chef duo will be hitting the Gourmet Escape to host a one-off, intimate event at Wills Domain in Yallingup.

Rick Stein and his son Jack will join forces with Wills Domain chef Seth James, Brad Adams of Ocean Grown Abalone and Peter McGinty of Blue Ridge Marron to facilitate an evening of thoughtful conversation and delicious seafood.

Adams and McGinty will be answering questions surrounding sustainable seafood, fish farming and consumer impact, before Rick Stein takes the spotlight and reflects on his career as chef at seafront restaurants in Cornwall and New South Wales.

Wine from Wills Domain will be supplied throughout the evening, before guests will be treated to a lavish seafood dinner prepared by Jack Stein and Seth James.

Saturday, November 17, 6.30pm, $285pp, Wills Domain Winery, 17 Brash Rd, Yallingup

Published 24 July, 2018