Celebrate Margaret River Gourmet Escape 18-20 November 2016

Celebrate Margaret River Gourmet Escape 18-20 November 2016

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman

Gourmet Escape Australia’s Best Tourism Event

Victor P Taffa

  • Margaret River Gourmet Escape wins big at Australian Event Awards
  • Prestigious festival boosts State’s economy through visitation and international exposure
  • Proudly supported by the Liberal National Government through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions

Margaret River Gourmet Escape has taken out one of Australia’s top event accolades, Best Tourism Event, at the Australian Event Awards ceremony on the Gold Coast this week.

The popular culinary festival is supported by the Liberal National Government through Tourism Western Australia’s Regional Events Program, made possible by Royalties for Regions.

Festival operator IMG Culinary accepted the tourism prize, seeing off competition from finalists Byron Bay Bluesfest, the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival and Santos Tour Down Under.

Now in its fifth year, Margaret River Gourmet Escape continues to grow as a premier global culinary event, attracting international chefs and personalities such as

  • Antonio Carluccio,
  • David Chang,
  • Heston Blumenthal,
  • Marco Pierre White,
  • Massimo Bottura,
  • Rene Redzepi,
  • Rick Stein.

Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the festival was a major success story for the State’s economy.

The 2015 event resulted in 23,000 room nights booked in the South-West, more than $7.8 Million in expenditure in the region and more than $6.5 Million worth of global brand awareness for WA.

“With the UK’s Nigella Lawson confirmed for this year’s Margaret River Gourmet Escape, this popularity is set not only to continue, but to grow.” Premier Barnett said.

“In just a few short years, Margaret River Gourmet Escape has become a powerful brand in the culinary world, lifting Margaret River and WA’s profile as a premium food and wine destination.”

“This is really powerful when marketing the State to potential visitors to increase on the 400,000 food and wine enthusiasts who travel to WA each year. Margaret River Gourmet Escape is a key component of the State Government’s Taste 2020 strategy to boost food and wine tourism.”

“Tourism is a vital industry for our State. In 2015-16, visitors spent $9.6 Billion in WA, including $4.5 Billion in regional areas.”

WA Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman

WA Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment in the Margaret River Gourmet Escape were also reaping rewards for the South-West region.

“Events of this calibre provide trade potential and broad exposure for local producers, as well as local jobs and training opportunities.” Mr. Redman said.

Fact File

  • Another WA event, The Gibb Challenge mountain bike relay, was a finalist in the people’s choice prize, Australia’s Favourite Event
  • Margaret River Gourmet Escape, presented by Audi, is on November 18-20, 2016