To celebrate the launch of Margaret River’s only walking food tour, Walk Talk Taste are giving away a tour for two people paired with the ultimate autumn events prize pack, featuring VIP passes, must do Margaret River experiences and more. Read on to find out more about the prizes and head over to our Instagram to find out how you can win.
As a long-time television reporter and producer, former ABC journalist Kellie Tannock was always in love with the human angles behind the big stories.
“When I was younger I told everyone I wanted to be a political reporter,” Kellie smiles over a late afternoon cuppa. “But what I really loved was the long form stories. I loved the colour – the stories that affected your heart in some way.”
For Kellie, moving to raise her three children in Margaret River seven years ago was a dream realised. The region itself has worked its way into her heart. The launch of her Walk Talk Taste Brunch Tour this year is Kellie’s way of sharing that love in the only way she knows how – through diligent research, intimate connection and a genuine passion for the human story that occurs within the everyday.
“I didn’t realise this until I was six months into the research and creation of the tour, but while I’ve had no experience in hospitality and no experience in food tourism, not even any experience in business, all of this tour still felt to me like the most natural thing in the world,” Kellie marvels, “and I realised I was approaching it like any other long form feature story. I was researching. I was building relationships. I was satisfying my own curiosity about certain things, creating visuals and then sharing that vision with others.”
The “visuals” Kellie creates are a perspective of Margaret River that entwine its indigenous and settler history with the current work of local business owners and farmers who are carrying the modern Margaret River story forward.
Her Walk Talk Taste Brunch Tour is a prime example: The four-hour tour takes in the length of Margaret River’s main street, making it a great option for those seeking to get a little deeper inside the town itself – a different type of experience to the wine and adventure tours that proliferate in the region.
Kellie’s aim is to help her groups see the extraordinary in the ordinary.
The tour kicks off with a coffee at The Hairy Marron followed by a walk alongside the Margaret River. Kellie’s aim is to help her groups see the extraordinary in the ordinary. The archaeological story of the Wadandi is first port of call, the longevity of their presence explained alongside the Margaret River; evidence of their occupation in this area dates back over 50,000 years.
On a morning experience of the Old Settlement, tastes of Margaret River Venison Farm Coat of Arms chorizo (made from emu and kangaroo) opens a dialogue around how early Europeans developed the region we now comfortably call home.
“We now have this lovely contemporary experience of food and wine in the region, but there is a whole backstory about how this happened. It wasn’t always an idyllic place for European settlers,” Kellie says, noting many settlers had to walk off their farms, the few that made it being the exception rather than the rule. “The ones that stayed developed the farms we now benefit from. Knowing this enables locals to see their town in a new light, and for visitors it develops a further understanding.”
Often the education is edible, like the wine and cheese pairing at innovative communal artisan and coffee space, Margaret River Collaborative, where Amato Vino wine is paired with Yallingup Cheese Co. cheeses. Or at Settlers Tavern, where local marron is served paired with some of the 600 wines owners Rob and Karen have stored in their two cellars – spaces Rob is only too happy to let Kellie show off to her guests.
“This is my tour,” says an earnest Kellie. “This is the stuff I love. It is about what resonates with me and what says, ‘you’re in Margaret River’.”
Discovering an individual connection to the places, the people and the cultural aspects of the Margaret River region is key to finding your best experience. With these giveaways, we aim to point you in the right direction.
WIN 1 of 4 Ultimate Autumn Giveaways
All prize packs include a Walk Talk Taste tour for two with Kellie. That’s a long weekend sorted!
The Cool Cat
Get your groove on with two passes to Jazz by the Bay, supporting 45 performances over one brassy weekend. As a wind down, take in a Margaret River Distilling Co Giniversity blending class. As distilleries go, the tree-nestled building is an entrée into what happens when the Margaret River region meets the school of modern spirits – think old school technique and new school flavours that express the best quality approach and ingredients. In this 2-hour blending class, you will work with a wide range of pre-prepared botanical distillates to craft your own unique Gin recipe.
Prize includes: two VIP lounge passes to see Adam Hall and the Velvet Boys at Caves Road Collective, along with two tickets to Jazz By The Bay at Ngilgi Cave to see a half hour performance by Chris McNulty followed by a semi-guided tour through the Ngiligi show cave, both playing on Saturday, June 1. Follow up with a Ginversity Blending class for one valued at $150.
Open Studios is the event on the regional arts calendar, with more than 130 artists opening their workspaces to inspire and engage with all comers over 16 days of arts focussed activity. Engage on a personal level with access to your own private glassmaking workshop, before moving on to explore the ‘art’ in artisan with a complete Vasse Virgin experience that will take you inside the making of their handmade beauty and food products. As a finishing touch, the hamper of Vasse Virgin goodies is provision of the picnic no aspiring Plein Air Picasso can be without.
Prize includes: a two-person, one-hour workshop with local glassmaker Gerry Reilly valued at $220, learning the basics of hot glassmaking that will see you create a stemless glass to take home. Move on to a two person Vasse Virgin Olive Oil Masterclass, Natural Perfumery Workshop or DIY Lip Balm Workshop valued at $100-$240. Walk away with a Vasse Virgin gourmet food and skincare hamper valued at $200.
The Salty Sea-Dog
Autumn conditions have arrived, the swell is rising and the time is now to express your best aquatic self. In this pack is a couple of sought after weekend passes to the Margaret River Pro alongside a prize pack from local go-to surf store, Hillzeez. No weekend of surf is complete without a coldie, and so we’ve thrown in a brewery tour and tasting at the Cowaramup Brewing Company The perfect post-surf Sunday session.
Prize includes: two VIP passes valued at $300 each to the Margaret River Pro, allowing access to the VIP tent area with food, drinks and free parking on site – choose a day between May 27 and June 9. Kit out with a $250 Hillzeez voucher to be spent on Vissla and Sisstrevolution product. A brewery tour and tasting of six beers matched to food at the Cowaramup Brewing Co is valued at $150.
Rodin wasn’t the only one who knew how to give expression to the musing among us… this is a giveaway pack with intellect in mind. Pick yourself up two event passes for the 2019 Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival (MRRWF), with a line up including Germaine Greer and everyone’s favourite philosopher, Michael Leunig. Get down to Riversmith for a book launch with former Margaret River local, Tanya Heaslip, and take her book home, while an experience of wine and cheese at Voyager gives insight into the wine making process that takes you deeper than the bottom of your wine glass.
Prize includes: two weekend passes to the MRRWF from Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5, valued at $180 each, a copy of Alice to Prague by Tanya Heaslip, and a Heroes of Margaret River Tasting and Cheese Board for two at Voyager Estate.
Image Credits: Russel Ord, Tim Campbell Photo
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1. Promotion commences 17/04/19 and final entries close on 30/04/2019
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