If foodie heaven had an address, it would be The Larder in Margaret River. Champions of locally produced fare, like venison from a farm just 15km from the field to the fridge, Bettenay’s Nougat and Yallingup Woodfired Bread, The Larder can rightly claim to be one of the region’s premier gourmet retailers.
If you don’t fancy cooking during your break down south, then their ready-made meals are a godsend; I gobbled up a Thai green curry with baby corn and pumpkin but equally could have taken back to my resort blue cheese and honey risotto with toasted hazelnuts or The Larder’s famous spinach and red lentil dahl. Concert-goers drop by on the way to Leeuwin to pick up a gourmet picnic hamper bursting with delectable antipasti, dips and chocolate treats from Gabriel’s.
For the Cape Mentelle outdoor movies, you can pre-order your hamper and collect it at the venue before settling in for a night under the stars, watching a flick. Or how about a breakfast fit for a king? Think free-range eggs, vine-ripened tomatoes with a homemade relish, Yallingup wood-fired bread and butter.
The pantry never tasted so good.
Simmo’s Ice Cream
Your on holiday so whatever the weather, naturally your thoughts turn to ice cream. And in Dunsborough, that can mean only one thing: Simmo’s. The father-and-son team started small with an old Irish recipe and a tiny ice cream machine on Commonage Road. Things have progressed somewhat since those days as Simmo’s now produces over 60 flavours, has bagged loads of awards and was recently voted one of the top 15 ice creameries in the world by USA Today. Turn up at the Simmo’s mother ship near Dunsborough and enjoy a scoop or three in the beautiful shady gardens, with plenty of things for the kids to do – like playing golf and avoiding having their ice cream cones gobbled up by the resident emu.
Take home a tub of Simmo’s to Go and you’ll have the delicious dilemma of choosing which flavour to pig out on in the comfort of wherever you’re staying during your visit to the region. We love Apple Pie, Salty Caramel Swirl and, for something a little refreshing, Blood Orange sorbet.
A purveyor of provisions doesn’t really do one of the Margaret River Region’s foodie gems justice. Providore is a wonderland for gourmands keen to track down some of the best local produce around and, thanks to the ever-changing selection of food to taste, it’s a real treasure trove for the palate. They make their own verjuice (a wine-like seasoning so beloved of Maggie Beer), tapenade, dessert sauces and preserved fruits, while they also harvest and press their own estate-grown olive oil and wine. It’s possible to stock up the entire pantry from morning through to a nightcap (don’t miss out on a snifter of their own chocolate liqueur, Sambarino) from the Providore shelves. Particularly useful for the keen would-be MasterChef are the readyto- go risotto and cake mixes and, even better, you can order Providore produce online – the perfect reminder of your stay in the south west.
Margaret River Farmers’ Market
The Margaret River Farmers’ Market has taken its place as a star attraction of the region for over 13 years. From humble beginnings, the market has grown to be a Saturday morning fixture with up to 50 stalls, filled to the brim with produce from local shires and surrounding south west farms and small holdings. There’s a breakfast bar and usually music fills the air as shoppers meander between stalls, picking and choosing whatever catches their eye. All the colours of the rainbow can be found at this thriving local hotspot, with flowers, fruit, vegetables, cheese and baked goods all vying for attention. Gottard and Marion Bauer’s Yallingup Woodfired Bread will sell out quickly so get there early, and then head over to the Cambray sheep cheese counter for a slice of oozy cheese to spread on that freshly baked bread. There’s chocolate from Bahen & Co and organic produce from Burnside Organic Farm.
LOCATION – Margaret River Education Campus – Margaret River town.
HOURS – every Saturday all year round from 8am to noon, April to November, and from 7.30 to 11.30am from December to March.