The best festivals in Australia


Whether its elaborate foodie showcases, to celebrations of the arts, Australia’s calendar of festivals can cater for a whole variety of interests.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Selling almost 22,000 tickets in 2014, and welcoming a number of celebrity chefs, such as England’s very own Heston Blumenthal and Rick Stein, Margaret River Gourmet Escape is one of the most prestigious food and drink events in the world. One of the main draws to the festival is the spectacular scenery in which the quintessential produce is presented, with beaches and forests just a few of the picturesque locations where visitors can experience long lunches, gourmet beach BBQs and fine dinners prepared from some of the world’s and Australia’s best chefs. Plus the Gourmet Village in the heart of the festival where visitors can delight on premium produce from food and wine exhibitors, as well as chef demonstrations and talks from wine experts.

“Each year we aim to up the ante and deliver a truly unique and exceptional program of events which have evolved as well as the creation of new ideas to ensure we are properly representing the region and all it has to offer to international, interstate and local audiences.”

“What makes Margaret River Gourmet Escape different from any other food and wine festival on the planet is not only the ability to showcase the region’s offerings in breath-taking remarkable locations but also the genuine enthusiasm from the participating chefs, food and wine experts which is integral in promoting the Margaret River Wine Region to a local and global market.”