She’s one of the world’s most recognisable faces and this week, Nigella Lawson will experience the Margaret River region’s glorious foodie treasures for the very first time.
She’s a household name and an internationally recognised television chef, so it’s no surprise that tickets for events with Nigella Lawson’s name next to them at this year’s Margaret River Gourmet Escape have been in high demand.
With the festivities about to begin, we ask Nigella what she’s most looking forward to experiencing in Western Australia. And while tickets to Nigella’s events at Fraser Gallop, Vasse Felix and Voyager Estate have all sold out, there’s still the opportunity to see the ‘Domestic Goddess’ at Leeuwin Estate’s famous Gourmet Village.
Guests will get the chance to experience this first hand with Q&A discussions, ‘audiences with’ and book signings.
Speaking before the event on Sunrise recently it’s clear she’s as excited about her very first visit to Western Australia as the rest of us.
“I’ve always wanted to go to Western Australia, I haven’t been there and everyone sings the praises of the produce there,” she said.
“The thing about Australian food generally is that I think it’s got a vibrancy and freshness and originality which is not fancy, it’s direct and honest but works. If you like eating as much as I like eating, that’s something you appreciate.”
The mother of two will no doubt return from her visit with a brand new collection of ideas and recipes to inspire her next bestseller.
What, though, are the top ingredients Nigella is looking forward to savouring in November?
“I think the two things that inspire me particularly is eating food that I maybe haven’t come across before and I know that WA has very exotic (well, for me), yabbies and marron (something I don’t have access to).
“I’ll eat those and then think, how can I translate that and cook it back home?”
It’s not just the chance to try new ingredients however.
The ever-sociable Nigella is also looking forward to talking to like-minded foodies and fans who live and breathe creating exciting menus and taste sensations, often clutching their well loved Nigella cookbook in their hands, ready to be signed.
“I think exchanging that love for food and communicating about food, that is fabulous, that is inspiring.”
MEET NIGELLA AT THESE GOURMET ESCAPE EVENTS
Sip superb Voyager Estate wines and enjoy abundant canapés created by the winery’s chefs. Then take take your seats to learn about Nigella’s cooking inspiration as well as her kitchen secrets.
Picture this: the sun setting across the vines of Fraser Gallop Estate; a glass of award-winning chardonnay in your hand, mouth-watering canapés by Hadleigh Troy, the mellow sounds of a live jazz band and a highlight Q&A with best-selling cookbook author Nigella Lawson.
Vasse Felix chef Aaron Carr is joined by Jed Gerrard (Wildflower in Perth) and pop-up curator and forager Paul Iskov to create a menu focusing on the simplicity and flavour of Western Australia’s exceptional produce. This special dinner takes place in the stunning Vasse Felix Art Gallery and includes a Q&A with guest Nigella Lawson.
Over the weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November (11.00am – 5.30pm) the world-renowned Leeuwin Estate vineyard comes alive as festival-goers rub shoulders with some of the world’s best chefs and food and wine experts including Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein & Guy Grossi.
It would be unthinkable too to visit Margaret River without working your way through some of the top wines of the region, she says.
“I have had some fantastic white wines from Margaret River, all these things I can’t get in the UK. So I’m there, I’ll be on the beach, I’ll be on the boat, I’ll be in the forest, I’ll be in the vineyard, so I’m going to be in as many beautiful places as possible.”