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Margaret River Gourmet Escape


Tickets to the ‘Margaret River Gourmet Escape’ will be available for purchase from THURSDAY 16th August 2012.
The Margaret River Gourmet Escape’s world-class line up of Heston Blumenthal and René Redzepi has been bolstered with new additions to the event launch announcement with more chefs to be announced soon.
Acclaimed Australian chefs Neil Perry, Tetsuya Wakuda and Peter Gilmore will collaborate on a menu to honour Heston; the Gourmet Village will feature global talent, local food and wine experts including 2 Michelin star chef Sat Bains; Matt Moran and Matt Stone will have sand between their toes for beachside dining; international star AA Gill and George Calombaris share their culinary expertise at a Leeuwin Estate dinner; whilst Master of Wine Lisa Perotti-Brown and Nick Stock elevate the wine critiquing in the Gourmet Traveller WINE Theatre.

Tickets to festival events will be available from 16th August including the coveted Heston Icon Dinner at Voyager Estate. This Hero Award event will see an exclusive collaboration by Australia’s three leading chefs, Peter Gilmore from Quay, Neil Perry from Rockpool and Tetsuya Wakuda from Tetsuya’s. The Margaret River Gourmet Escape in its inaugural year is honouring Heston for his creative and gastronomic contribution to the industry. Guests will delight in this star studded affair sharing their superior dining experience with the honoured guest. Tickets are limited for this truly one off event.

The Margaret River Gourmet Escape is profiled through unique events involving our star studded line-up. The heart of the festival is the Gourmet Village open over the weekend and set in the iconic Leeuwin Estate.
The aforementioned globally acclaimed chefs in addition to 20 other Australian food and wine stars will appear here across the weekend in locally themed demonstrations, Q&A’s, panel discussions and masterclasses such as Breville’s Test Kitchen.

The Gourmet Village will be a vibrant hub with over 100 Western Australian premium exhibitors, local vineyards, gourmet producers and pop up restaurants ready to tantalize the tastebuds of the food and wine loving visitors. In one idyllic setting visitors can ‘meet the maker’ and be entertained by the region’s food and wine experts.

Adding to the Gourmet Village experience, there are a host of Satellite Events offering ticket options so visitors can craft their own culinary adventure. Event menus will highlight the exquisite flavours of the local produce with creative and passionate interpretations by the hosting celebrity chefs and wine connoisseurs.

A never before seen Gourmet Beach BBQ will take place at Smiths Beach in a truly unique venue set to capture guests’ imagination in this stunning landscape. Favourite Australian chefs including Matt Moran and Matt Stone are just two celebrities in an exciting line up to make guest appearances here. This unique experience will reflect the laid back sophistication of the South West region.
Leeuwin Estate Winery Restaurant is thrilled to present an intimate dinner affair with international guest AA Gill and George Calombaris.

Attracting true appreciators of wine to the festival is our international guest Master of Wine Lisa Perotti-Brown and Australian based wine guru Nick Stock. Sharing their taste for Margaret River Region and Western Australian wines they will host masterclasses at the Gourmet Traveller Wine Theatre in the Gourmet Village.

The Margaret River Gourmet Escape is an extraordinary festival of food and wine. Held in the Margaret River Wine Region, Western Australia from 22-25 November 2012, visitors will indulge in a culinary adventure celebrating the best of Western Australia.
Tickets are limited. More events and talent are yet to be announced.
To purchase tickets to this little slice of culinary heaven, visit
Singapore Airlines is our International Airline partner. Travel package information will be available from our website for international visitor bookings.
Please note the Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate Winery will have its own currency to make a day at the festival fun, easy and as cashless as possible. The Gourmet Escape Money (GEM) is simple to purchase and to use.

Surry Hills Festival 2012

Come join Sydney’s hippest postcode for a celebration of everything creative, fun and funky. The annual Surry Hills Festival returns to its newly revitalised home in Prince Alfred Park on Saturday 27 October 2012.

Get to hear the sounds of Australia’s freshest up and coming and established bands and musos. Wander the revamped commons among crazy art installations, theatre performances and unexpected kooky acts and happenings and make sure you check out the Surry Hills Dog Show and Sydney Rides Festival set amongst the trees.

Peruse eclectic markets and pick up one-of-a-kind goodies. Dine out on gourmet food stalls whilst discovering new tastes and flavours. And be creatively inspired and surprised by Sydney’s most iconic and eccentric suburb. Alternatively just lounge on the grass and soak up the atmosphere with a cool drink in hand from one of the many themed bars onsite..

Best of all feel good that funds raised on the day go to the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre to run community development programs for the local area.

Check out for a full line-up of bands, artists, performances and the latest program updates.


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FourPlay at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Don’t miss out on seeing the fabulous FourPlay in the stunning autumnal surrounds of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden on Saturday 24 March.
Tickets are selling fast for our annual Garden Grooves concert, as part of the Sydney Morning Herald Autumn of the Arts, a festival that celebrates the connection between nature and the arts.This year we are thrilled to announce a program of events to match the splendour of the garden, headlined by acclaimed Aussie band FourPlay, an electric string quartet renowned for their energetic and powerful performances that blur the boundaries between genres.

FourPlay write their own compositions inspired by rock, pop, jazz, swing, folk and hip hop. They also perform covers by a diverse array of bands from The Strokes and Radiohead to Charles Mingus and many more, leaving no musical stone unturned.

FourPlay are: Lara Goodridge on violin and vocals; Tim Hollo on viola and vocals; Shenzo Gregorio on viola and vocals; and Peter Hollo on cello and vocals. The band has toured internationally and has released three studio albums. A FourPlay gig is not to be missed!

With support from Rachel Hannan’s Trio with their expansive repertoire of jazz, soul and Latin numbers.

This is an all weather event, which will be held in a marquee if wet. Bring your own picnic rug or low beach or camping chair for an afternoon of top class music.

Tickets are on sale now for only $25. Free for children 12 and under.

Garden Grooves presents FourPlay

Sat 24 March



The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah, NSW 2758

For bookings or enquiries phone (02) 4567 3019 or email or book at

To view the full Sydney Morning Herald Autumn of the Arts program visit

Try These New Alaskan Tours in 2012

Learn the ropes from an Iditarod champion:
2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Champion John Baker is teaming up with the Alaska Native Heritage Centre in Anchorage to teach visitors about the state’s official sport, dog mushing. Team Baker Tours presents the history of the sled dog from its historical significance among indigenous Arctic people to modern day recreational racing. Visitors also get to play with puppies, learn how to harness a team, enjoy a dog cart ride and hear stories from veteran Iditarod mushers. The presentations will begin on May 6, 2012.
For more information, visit

New Ketchikan tour teaches wilderness survival:
Travellers can learn how to survive in the Alaska wilderness and take part in a research project to help sustain the Alaska seafood industry. The Alaskan Wilderness Survival tour, offered by Allen Marine Tours in Ketchikan, takes guests to a remote island for a short guided hike through an old-growth forest where they are taught survival skills such as how to build a shelter, identify wild edibles and light a fire. Back aboard the expedition catamaran, guests will pursue the green crab, an invasive species that has become a threat to the local ecosystem. Travellers will haul sampling crab pots, look for evidence of green crabs and record findings for the University of Alaska.
For more information, contact

So Frenchy So Chic in the Park

This summer, So Frenchy, So Chic returns to Melbourne. This time it’s not as an eclectic CD compilation or even an intimate gig at the Prince of Wales – it’s an afternoon of music, food and wine on Sunday 15th January 2012. French style.

So Frenchy, So Chic in the Park is a one day celebration of the new French music performed against the magical backdrop of Werribee Park Mansion. Think of it as a day in the French countryside – the wine is chilled; the crepes and macaroons are perfectly Parisian; the performers sing on stages hemmed by rolling lawns and flowerbeds while big trees offer shade from the sun. Best of all, the fine tunes floating through the summer air are from the best acts of the current French music scene with over a thousand shows between them: Fefe, Moriarty, Asa and Nouvelle Vague.

Tickets to So Frenchy, So Chic in the Park are on sale from Friday 23rd September at or

Rick Stein & Luke Mangan present lunch at glass brasserie

Rick Stein & Luke Mangan present lunch at glass brasserie featuring four courses designed by Rick & Luke , complemented by brokenwood wines and a ticket to see Rick’s show , Food Odyssey at the Sydney Opera House , this is a not to be missed event , Tickets at $125 Call glass for bookings


Opera Kitchen, Sydney’s newest and most exciting dining destination, located on the lower concourse of Sydney Opera House will provide an unrivalled spot for Sydneysider’s and visitors to view the fireworks and toast New Year’s Eve 2010.
Opera Kitchen is offering an exclusive New Year’s Eve experience with a special canapé menu ncluding sparkling, wine, beer and soft drinks. Guests will be treated to dishes from each of Opera Kitchen’s food offerings:
Charlie & Co. Burgers
Cloudy Bay Fish Co
Kenji – Sushi and Sashimi Restaurant
Bècasse Bakery
First corks will be popped at 6pm with a glass of Domain Chandon Brut Cuvee Riche over Ice.

Ticket price is $350 per person. Ticket price includes:
Reserved area;
VIP security priority access to the SOH precinct;
Canapé menu designed by Justin North, Cloudy Bay Fish Co, Misschu and Kenji
including Alcohol from 6-10pm;
From 10pm onwards access to a private bar.
Only 200 exclusive tickets are available.
To book tickets contact Opera Kitchen: 0450 099 888 or Ph:
0450 099 888

Exclusive audience Q&A with award-winning director, VINCENZO NATALI Live from Los Angeles!

Superstar genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) specialize in splicing DNA from different animals to create incredible new hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But when the pharmaceutical company that funds their research forbids it, Clive and Elsa secretly take their boldest experimentation underground – risking their careers by pushing the boundaries of science to serve their own curiosity and ambition.

The result is Dren, an amazing, strangely beautiful creature of uncommon intelligence and an array of unexpected physical developments.

At first, Dren exceeds their wildest dreams. But as she grows and learns at an accelerated rate, her existence threatens to become their worst nightmare.

Splice stars Academy-Award winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist), Sarah Polley (Dawn of the Dead), and newcomer Delphine Chaneac in the role of the creature ‘Dren’.

Splice is directed by Vincenzo Natali (Paris je t’aime, Cube) from a screenplay by Natali, Antoinette Terry Bryant and Doug Taylor. The film is produced by Steven Hoban and executive produced by Joel Silver and Sidonie Dumas. Also serving as executive producers are Guillermo del Toro, Susan Montford, Don Murphy, Christophe Riandee and Yves Chevalier.


Splice: Plus Q&A with Vincenzo Natali, live from Los Angeles.

Rated: TBC

Time: 8pm SHARP!

Date: Wednesday, August 11

Where: Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction

Address: 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction.

Price: $22 / $20 Conc.
Tickets available now from

Cruise Indulgently Into The 2011 Monaco Grand Prix

An unusual fly, cruise and stay package from will see holidaymakers cruising the French Riviera aboard luxury cruise liner Azamara Journey next May, and having a day and a night aboard in Monte Carlo for the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix*.

Originally priced from $6349pp twin-share, this package is now priced through from just $3939pp twin share including return air and taxes from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth, and even shipboard gratuities.

There are also two hotel nights pre-cruise in Monaco, and transfers to Nice for Azamara Journey’s 4-night cruise on May 26 2011 to Portofino in Italy, St Tropez in France, Monte Carlo for the day of the Grand Prix* and that night aboard ship as well.

The mid-size 690-guest Azamara Journey features complimentary wines with all gourmet lunches and dinners, 24-hour room service, and any-time bottled water, sodas, specialty coffees and teas.

She also offers an intimate environment with one crew member for every two guests, a Piano and Wine Bar, nightly live entertainment, daily enrichment programs, a pool, jogging track, spa and casino.

For full details phone 1300 369 848 or visit; *entry to the Monaco Grand Prix is not included and holidaymakers need to make their own arrangements if wishing to attend.

Fly Garuda Indonesia to Dubai Starting from $1,276*incl taxes

Garuda Indonesia is now flying to Dubai and to celebrate the new daily service the airline is offering competitively priced specials.
Bagus Y. Siregar, Senior General Manager Australia/SWP Garuda Indonesia commented: “This new service to Dubai via Jakarta offers our customers an alternative gateway for travel to the Middle East and on to Europe.”

“Flying with Garuda Indonesia, customers will experience the quality expected from an international four star carrier with state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment systems, an in-flight menu designed by the award winning chef William Wongso and a showcasing of warm Indonesian hospitality reflected in the service, on-board decor and staff uniforms.”

Effective immediately, the sale fare offer includes:

Return Economy Class

• Ex Sydney to Dubai via Denpasar or Jakarta for $1,419* per person inclusive of taxes
• Ex Melbourne to Dubai via Denpasar or Jakarta for $1,400 * per person inclusive of taxes
• Ex Perth to Dubai via Denpasar or Jakarta for $1,276 * per person inclusive of all taxes

Return Executive Class
• Ex Sydney to Dubai via Denpasar or Jakarta for $ 4,861 * per person inclusive of taxes
• Ex Melbourne to Dubai via Denpasar or Jakarta for $4,842 * per person inclusive of taxes
• Ex Perth to Dubai via Denpasar or Jakarta for $ 4,547 * per person inclusive of all taxes

Making international travel even more convenient, unlimited free stopovers are permitted each direction in Denpasar and Jakarta; subject to flight routing.

Passengers flying to Dubai via Jakarta will be travelling on the airline’s technically advanced 222-seater Airbus A330-200 aircraft with a two-class configuration – carrying 36 passengers in Executive Class and 186 in Economy Class. In Executive Class the aircraft offers fully reclining flat bed seats with 1.88 metre seat pitch. The aircraft also features individual touch-screen LCD screens in all classes; state-of-art in-flight entertainment systems with touch-screen Audio & Video On Demand (AVOD) delivering a choice of 25 feature films, 250 audio tracks and 25 video games.

For all travel bookings contact Garuda Indonesia on 1300 365 331

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