Cold Comfort – ward off the winter blues and turn up the heat this July


Cold Comfort

Ward off the winter blues at Cabin Fever this July

A brand new event, Cabin Fever, promises to ward off those winter blues and turn up the heat this July. By Lisa Shearon.

Images by Elements Margaret River.

Have you noticed that Australians are really very good at doing one particular thing in winter? Yes, that would be hibernating. This year there’ll be no more excuses though, as a brand new 10-day event is set to entice Margaret River region visitors and locals alike to hit pause on Netflix, get off the couch and launch into an epic line-up of winter events involving as much quality wine, seam-splitting comfort food, fireside brews and general good times as their bodies can handle.

The aptly-named ‘Cabin Fever’ event is set to hijack the region between July 14 and 23, as venues from Busselton to Augusta host over 30 unique, one-off events centred around home-grown talent, regional produce, award-winning wine and spirits, music, art and entertainment, all set in inspiring locations.

Managed by a team from the south west not-for-profit Creative Corner, Cabin Fever is originally the brainchild of local ideas man Mat Lewis, and is a concept that’s been brewing for many years.

“It’s a well-known fact that locals down here tend to go a little stir crazy when we’re cooped up for long periods over winter,” Festival Director Brianna Delaporte says.

“We believe that wine and nature are the perfect tonic for winter confinement and isolation, so we want to celebrate the fact that the Margaret River region has both of these things in spades.”

“When you take a look at the program you’ll see that all of the events have a unique twist, so you only have this 10-day window in July to experience them – don’t miss out!”

Above: Cabin Fever managers Erin Molloy and Brianna Delaporte.

A small taste of what’s to come:

Join the gin craze

A 1920s-inspired gin prohibition event at a secret location close to Margaret River town-site. After finding the secret entrance, take  off your coat and relax into an evening of sipping gin cocktails and hot negronis to warm your winter bones. Drinks, canapes and entertainment provided.

Guy Grossi In Residence at Voyager Estate – a little bit of Italy in Margaret River

Guy Grossi, Australia’s leading Italian chef will present a menu showcasing the best of Margaret River produce matched to Voyager Estate Wines as part of Cabin Fever. This is a rare opportunity to hear more from this celebrated chef.

Fondue by the fire, hosted by Howard Park Wines & Cambray Sheep Cheese

What better relaxed activity on a chilly winter’s day than huddling by the fire with wine and cheese fondue? Grab a spot on the couch or at a wine barrel & sit by the Cellar Door’s roaring fireplace for an afternoon of lazing. Local favourites Cambray Sheep Cheese will be offering cheese tastings and fondue for those who wish to linger.

Settlers Tavern Carpark Collective

Settlers Tavern Carpark Collective’ in the heart of Margaret River is the FREE entry all day festival finale of Cabin Fever 2017. It is about good vibes, a great feast and coming together with friends. Carpark Collective will morph the Tav into an indoor, outdoor multi staged live entertainment event of warm winter proportions never yet experienced.

A collaboration of Margaret River’s heart and soul will fire things up with full blooded flavours, local hearty craft beers, woollen beanie wearing muso’s, world class wine, smoking BBQ’s and an all day music line-up paying tribute to Settlers live music roots. Bust out, meet friends and warm up at the Settlers Tavern Carpark Collective.

Vertical Cabernet Tasting at Vasse Felix

This special intimate five course dinner will celebrate the evolution of Cabernet Sauvignon at Vasse Felix over the past 50 years. Winemakers will join guests, providing a special opportunity to learn about the wines and winemaking process as dinner progresses, culminating in a rare opportunity to enjoy a five year vertical tasting of Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon during main course followed by the 2013 Tom Cullity, the pinnacle of Vasse Felix, released in May 2017 to coincide with the Estate’s 50th anniversary celebrations.


Visit for full details.

Cabin Fever (noun):

‘Cabin fever is an idiomatic term for a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group ends up in an isolated or solitary location, or stuck indoors in confined quarters for an extended period.

Cabin fever describes the extreme irritability and restlessness a person may feel in these situations.’

Where to stay?!

The best thing about travelling in winter? There’s accommodation specials galore.


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