Gourmet Escape Perth : Popular Food and Wine Festival Announces Local Festival

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The famed Margaret River Gourmet Escape festival extends to Perth and the Swan Valley in 2019.

Guests are invited to design their own foodie adventure at Western Australia Gourmet Escape with a range of mouth-watering new culinary experiences just announced.

From a four-course dinner with Pierre Koffmann at Bistro Guillaume or a Momofuku collaboration at the two-hatted Yarri Restaurant, to a “hardcore carnivore” feast over fire, or a meet-and-greet (over wine) with Marco Pierre White, there’s something on the menu for everyone. 

Western Australia Gourmet Escape is a 10-day culinary extravaganza running from 8-17 November across the Swan Valley (8-10 November), Perth (11-14 November) and the Margaret River (15-17 November).

The eight new events announced today include:

  • Three highly anticipated dinner collaborations, featuring some of Perth’s best restaurants and the world’s most renowned culinary talent – An Evening with Pierre Koffmann at Bistro Guillaume (Wed 13 Nov), Santini Presents The Sicilian Job (Thurs 14 Nov) and Redefining Modern Australian: Cloudstreet x Wildflower presented by Singapore Airlines(Mon 11 Nov)

  • Tex-Mex Takeover at Mandoon Estate presented by Australian Good Meat (Fri 8 Nov) – a meat-centric dinner under the stars featuring live cooking by “hardcore carnivore” Jess Pryles, and a menu inspired by her recent trip to Mexico
  • Back by popular demand, Fraser Gallop Estate Friday Long Lunch (Fri 15 Nov) with matched wines and food from Vue de Monde Executive Chef, Hugh Allen. The Fraser Gallop Estate Sunday Long Lunch sold out within minutes, so hopeful guests are encouraged to buy their tickets as soon as possible!
  • 5 Hats Lunch: Momofuku Seiōbo x Yarri presented by Australian Good Meat (Sat 16 Nov) – a Caribbean-Australian six-course lunch at Dunsborough’s hottest restaurant prepared by Momofuku Executive Chef, Paul Carmichael and Yarri’s Aaron Carr
  • Wine & Sign with Marco Pierre White (Sat 9 & Sun 10 Nov) at Gourmet Feast in the Valley. After his first event sold out in minutes, Marco is back by popular demand for meet-and-greets in the Valley.
  • Wine & Swine with Colin Fassnidge (Sun 17 Nov) – a new headline chef talent hits the Gourmet Village for an exclusive lunch with some very lucky guests

Tickets for all events are limited and go on sale at 4pm AEST (2pm AWST) on Tuesday 10 September. 

Please see more details on individual events below. Further information about the Gourmet Village and Feast in the Valley festival hubs has also been released, alongside details of The World Gourmet Symposium, an intimate industry event, exploring creativity, daring and success in hospitality.

The Western Australia Gourmet Escape team is proud to offer a smorgasbord of events to suit all tastes and budgets. To find the foodie adventure most fitting for them, guests can visit the website and create their own a la carte menu.

Western Australia Gourmet Escape is proudly sponsored by the Western Australian Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program.


An Evening with Pierre Koffmann at Bistro Guillaume 

 Wednesday 13 November

Location: Bistro Guillaume, Crown Perth

Price: $285 per person

Pierre Koffmann is undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in modern British food, having had the likes of Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing pass through the kitchen of his three-star London restaurant, Le Tante Claire. 

For the inaugural Perth leg of Gourmet Escape, Koffmann is bringing his Gallic swagger and know-how to Crown Perth’s Bistro Guillaume, one of the city’s high-water marks for French cuisine. He’ll be cooking alongside Bistro Guillaume acclaimed French chef Guillaume Brahimi and preparing a four-course dinner – complete with canapés and matching wines from Western Australia – that will prove once and for all why French food is often referred to as classic cooking. An essential evening for those that don’t just want to eat, but want to dine.


Santini Presents The Sicilian Job 

Date: Thursday 14 November
Location: Santini Bar & Grill, QT Perth
Price: $285 per person

Sicily’s godfather of fine dining is joining forces with one of Australia’s hottest Italian restaurants to throw a food and wine party you can’t refuse.  

Italians, like the saying goes, do it better. That’s going to be the case when QT Perth’s in-house Italian restaurant Santini – recently named by The Australian in its annual Hot 50 Restaurants countdown as Western Australia’s hottest restaurant – rolls out the red carpet for Ciccio Sultano, the chef of two Michelin-starred Ristorante Duomo in Sicily’s south-east. After getting a taste of the industry at a local pastry store, Sultano immersed himself in cooking and, after travelling to New York to cook with some of the city’s best Italian chefs, returned home with a strong sense of Sicilian cooking and hospitality.

Nic Wood, chef of Santini, might not have the same family history as Sultano, but is equally committed to the Italian tenets of good eating, good drinking and good living. Expect plenty of deliciousness and wood-fired oven action as these two chefs team up to throw an Italian food and wine party not to be missed.

Redefining Modern Australian: Cloudstreet x Wildflower presented by Singapore Airlines
Date: Monday 11 November
Location: Wildflower, COMO The Treasury
Price: $285 per person

Just how far can you take West Australian ingredients? Two of the country’s most promising cooking talents – one is a home-town hero, the other is based in Singapore where he opened a Michelin-starred bistro – are joining forces to find out. 

What is modern Australian food? It’s a question with many answers. 

Modern Australian is Cloudstreet, the new Singaporean restaurant from Colombo-born, Australian-trained chef Rishi Naleendra. After earning a Michelin star for his mod-Oz dining room Cheek by Jowl – now rebranded to the more casual bistro Cheek – Naleendra and fellow Australian Gareth Burnett teamed up to open an ambitious diner serving a precise, cosmopolitan tasting menu. 

Modern Australian is also Wildflower, the showpiece restaurant at COMO The Treasury where Matt Sartori uses indigenous ingredients to tell and celebrate the story of the world’s oldest living culture. Together, Sartori and Naleendra will serve an exclusive five-course dinner celebrating the state’s bounty, matched with West Australian wines. Get ready to see and taste WA in a new light.

Tex-Mex Takeover at Mandoon Estate presented by Australian Good Meat 

Date: Friday 8 November
Location: Mandoon Estate, Swan Valley
Price: $185 per person

Australian by birth but Texan by choice, Melbourne-born Jess Pryles is a woman obsessed with meat. Dubbed the “hardcore carnivore”, Jess will join forces with Mandoon Executive Chef Michael Hartnell, taking inspiration from the markets of Monterrey to prepare a Tex-Mex menu in the Swan Valley. 

Mandoon will be transformed into a carnivores’ paradise complete with a live cooking station, with guests seated under the stars to watch (and taste) Pryles and Hartnell combine the best quality Aussie beef and lamb with open flame grilling techniques. Guests will also hear from local beef and lamb producers about sustainable red meat production. 

The menu will include the likes of ‘smoked pitmaster fat’ served with locally baked bread, lamb ribs cooked over fire, chili lime bavette steak with Jess’ ‘crack sauce’ and to finish off, a Texan ‘peanut brittle pie’ – washed down with premium Mandoon wines and Wild Swan beer, all in the name of good eating and drinking.

Wine & Sign with Marco Pierre White
Date: Saturday 9 November & Sunday 10 November
Location: Gourmet Feast in the Valley, Sandalford Wines, Swan Valley
Price: $100 per person

Marco, Marco, Marco! Due to popular demand, a limited number of lucky guests will score their chance to meet the ‘godfather of modern cooking’ at Gourmet Feast in the Valley. Bookable in advance, each Wine & Sign ticket includes a signed copy of Marco’s legendary book – aptly named ‘White Heat’ – a chance to meet with the author, plus a glass of Swan Valley wine. 

Tickets to Wine & Sign with Marco Pierre White do not include entry to Feast in the Valley and an entry ticket will need to be booked separately. Packages including entry are also available.


Fraser Gallop Friday Long Lunch

Date: Friday 15 November 

Location: Fraser Gallop Estate, Margaret River

Price: $320 per person

After three years at Rene Redzepi’s world-renowned Noma, Hugh Allen is back on Australian soil and wowing diners at Melbourne’s Vue de Monde. This November, it’s Margaret River’s chance to clock one of the country’s hottest rising talents when the spectacular Fraser Gallop Estate private residence opens its lawns for a Friday lunch with a difference. In addition to the spectacular setting, forward-thinking food and matched estate wines, respected international drinks journalist Mike Bennie will host the lunch.

5 Hats Lunch: Momofuku Seiōbo x Yarri presented by Australian Good Meat 

Date: Saturday 16 November

Location: Yarri Restaurant, Dunsborough

Price: $265 per person

Dunsborough’s hottest restaurant will welcome Barbados-born chef and general of the Australian outpost of David Chang’s Momofuku empire – Paul Carmichael. His imaginative, modern and undeniably delicious cooking style draws on family inspiration and food traditions from across the Caribbean. 

Carmichael will cook alongside like-minded food renegade Aaron Carr of Dunsborough’s Yarri, offering a tropical feast inspired by the South-West landscape and ingredients. The deliciously meaty menu will be served alongside wines from Snake & Herring, another producer that draws plenty of inspiration from this unique corner of the world. 

Throughout the night, guests will hear from local beef and lamb producers about sustainable red meat production.

Wine & Swine with Colin Fassnidge

Date: Sunday 17 November
Location: The Gourmet Village, Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River
Price: $55 per person

It’s official! Our favourite Dublin-born, two-hatted, nose-to-tail chef and restaurateur is coming to the Gourmet Village. In addition to seeing him at the Chef’s Amphitheatre, a limited number of lucky guests will share a wine and an exclusive porchetta dish (i.e. a ‘swine’) with Colin Fassnidge over Sunday lunch at the Village.

This exclusive event will take place in a corporate suite, where guests will mix-and-mingle with Colin and have their chance to ask questions during a short Q&A. Please note that tickets to Wine & Swine with Colin Fassnidge do not include entry to Gourmet Village and an entry ticket will need to be booked separately. Packages including entry are also available.


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