It’s well reported that the Margaret River Region is a gourmet hotspot, but to find the best culinary experiences you need to turn to the experts: Margaret River’s food tour operators.
Owner of MYDRIVER, Rob Dewar, tailors every tour for his guests. He’ll ask about your previous tour experiences because he wants to show you something different. Rob has lived and worked in the Margaret River Region for 21 years and has watched its culinary experiences on offer evolve.
‘I try to slow my clients down, stop the rush, create an immersive experience for them where they can connect with the region, the producers, the people,’ Rob said.
A tour with MYDRIVER might include a regenerative farm visit at One Table Farm where guests can interact with the farm animals, have a chat with Spotty the pig, then harvest vegetables for a cooking class with owners Cree and Tim. Or a visit to Rob Gherardi at Mr Barval, a small meticulous producer making low intervention wine the traditional Italian way using an old press, with behind-the-scenes access and a tasting from the barrel.
‘I’ve created a High Cheese afternoon that included house made cheeses from Yallingup Cheese with wine matching at Marri Wood, House of Cards, Goon Tycoons and Skigh Wines.
‘We have special access to Skigh Wines, it’s situated in a green valley and we go to a woodman’s shack that has a big wooden stove and sit with the winemaker and taste his wine together, it’s quite artisanal.’
Other stops might be the sensory garden at Whicher Ridge Wines, a degustation lunch at Voyager Estate, or a meal cooked over the coals at Glenarty Road winery.
‘It’s not always high end, expensive and exclusive dining. I have a lot of requests for breweries and lunch at Cheeky Monkey which is hugely popular, especially with families.’
It’s no surprise that Cheeky Monkey draws big crowds. The brewery has panoramic views over a lake and vineyard. Their beers come packed with flavour and enthusiasm and the food is as integral to the experience as the crafty pints.
Overall, it’s a pleasant way to spend a day, being driven about on leather seats in a spacious Kia Carnival listening to Rob’s English accent as he talks passionately about the good people, fantastic produce and the pristine environment of the Margaret River Region.