Local Favourites: Sarina Kamini
Live Like a Local
It’s her endless dedication to spices that drives Sarina Kamini. First and foremost a foodie, Sarina has worn a multitude of hats – writer, author, host of her own spice masterclass, and film producer. In a nutshell – telling the stories of food through great content is at the heart of the self-proclaimed Spice Mistress, and she has it wrapped up in a pretty little bow. Sarina Kamini is passionate about the region and her connection to nature which shines through in her ‘favourites’.
1. What’s your favourite beach ?
Gnarabup in the summer for after school swims. The kids find their mates there, and I can be free to swim a lap of the bay. In winter, wild walks at River Mouth up to Cape Mentelle to check out the osprey who nests on the Cape Mentelle point.
2. Where do you always take your visitors?
To see the Margaret River. In the summer, it’s a trip to the Rendall Weir to jump off the bridge. In winter it’s a secret swim spot in the forest for a freezing cold skinny dip. When the water is flowing, Yalgardup Falls shows you the energy of the river system. Every season has a different smell and a different colour.
3. Top three local food experiences ?
The Margaret River Farmers Market is the number one. All of the local food producers are there. It’s such a great vibe, and the seasonal produce is incredible, picked fresh the day before. Lunch at Leeuwin, where I’ve worked front of house for the past few years – chef Dan Gedge’s food is exceptional as is Tim and Hutchie’s award-winning Chardonnay. Three is a peek into Blue Ginger Fine Foods, just because even city folk are envious of the range of specialty ingredients and – as a Spice Mistress in a regional town – I feel so fortunate to have such access on my own back door.
4. Your personal wine recommendation?
If I’m not drinking Leeuwin Estate Wines, then I’m all over Amato Vino. Brad Wehr is a minimal interventionist winemaker with a serious commitment to producing great wines from unusual varietals. Smaller winemakers like Brad are part of what makes the wine mix in Margaret River so interesting and contribute to the region’s overall reputation as one of the best wine regions in the world.
5. Best fun in the region without spending a cent ?
Mountain biking with my boys around Compartment 10. If you’re not into bikes, put on a pair of sturdy boots and find a section of the Cape to Cape Track to tramp. You can’t pay for the scenery and the experiences you’ll have.
6. Favourite time of year ?
The shoulder seasons. Autumn for calm winds and warm seas. Spring for the wildflowers and great riding conditions.
7. Best place to watch the sunset ?
For me it’s always the Margaret River Mouth. I go to swim all year around. The sun turns the river to silver, the osprey catch their dinner at the place where the river meets the sea, and sometimes you’ll even spot the odd kangaroo eating dinner in the reeds.
8. You can’t leave the Margaret River region without doing what…?
Doing a tour that gets you out into the environment and shows you how the ecology links into the wine, and how the people tie into the land. Margaret River is a story of how producers, winemakers and farmers are coming to grips with telling their own stories through the land in the context of each other. And we are all becoming more cognisant of the lessons Wadandi cultural custodians like Josh Whiteland can teach us. As a visitor, you need help to get beneath the surface, and that’s what our tour guides are so good at.
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Leeuwin Estate WineryCellar Door open daily 10am - 5pm. Restaurant open daily for lunch. Bookings are recommended.Great For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Dine In,Disabled Access,Seated Tastings,Workshops & Classes
Stevens Rd, Margaret River WA 6285
Blue Ginger Fine Foods & CafeMonday - Friday: 8:30 AM until 5:30 PM
Saturday - Sunday: ClosedGreat For: Dine In,Takeaway
7/31 Station Rd, Margaret River WA 6285
Margaret River Farmers MarketEvery Saturday: April to October 8am - 11:30am AND November to March 7:30am - 11:30amGreat For: Child Friendly,Picnic Spot
Lot 272 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285
Gnarabup BeachGreat For: Birdwatching,Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Fishing & Boating,Free,Scenic Spot,Scuba Snorkelling & Diving,Stand Up Paddling & Canoeing,Sunny Day,Swimming,Walking & Hiking
Gnarabup Beach, Western Australia 6285
Margaret River MouthOpen 24 HoursGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Fishing & Boating,Free,Picnic Spot,Scenic Spot,Stand Up Paddling & Canoeing,Sunny Day,Surfing,Swimming
Rivermouth Rd, Prevelly WA 6285
Koomal DreamingMonday to Sunday 9-5pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Sunny Day,Walking & Hiking
Yallingup Caves Rd, Yallingup WA 6282