Your Margaret River Region has further cemented its position on Australia’s culinary map after winning the title of ‘Must-Visit Food Region’, as voted by 4,000 readers of Australian Traveller magazine.
The region beat tough competition from Barossa Valley, Hunter Valley and Yarra Valley to come top in the category, and we think it’s a pretty clear sign that our wonderful corner of Australia is fast becoming the country’s hottest foodie destination.
To further whet your Margaret River appetite, take a look at our top 6 reasons to plan your next foodie escape to the region.
Photo top: Gourmet Escape by Elements Margaret River
6 reasons to plan a foodie escape to Your Margaret River Region
1. Gourmet Escape
Gourmet Escape (held annually in November) is a reason to visit in itself, and we’re putting it first on the list as it helped the region to win this latest award. There are special events ranging from forest feasts to degustation dinners, where you’ll be cooked for by some of the most highly ranked chefs in the world. At the Gourmet Village, speak to the makers of wine, beer, chocolate, cheese and truffle products who have helped to put the region on the map.
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2. The venue
With over 150km of pristine coastline, plus national parkland, forest and rolling vineyards, the region has a plethora of jaw dropping scenery to enjoy while dining. The landscape doesn’t discriminate against dining styles, either; you’ll have a great view whether you’re going for fine dining, a beach brekkie or even a simple BBQ or picnic by the beach.
Try: Wills Domain, White Elephant, Busselton Foreshore.
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3. Long winery lunches
Margaret River’s wineries offer gourmet food and dining experiences that are as unpretentious as the flavours on the plate and the friendly staff serving you. By the end of the long grazing session you’ll have met the locals, tasted the best of our produce and absorbed the region’s relaxed pace of life.
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4. Dhufish, marron and greenlip abalone
These are three types of local seafood you will never forget once you’ve tried them. Marron is the largest freshwater crayfish in Western Australia and the third largest freshwater crayfish in the world. It is such a delicacy that its fishing season lasts less than one month (from 8 January – 5 February 2016). Catch it while you can, or look out for it on the region’s seasonal menus.
Try: Knotting Hill Marron Feast, 4-5 June 2016.
5. Meeting the makers
Meet the producers at the region’s farm gates and providores and learn their story. Heirloom organic fruit and vegetables, grass fed beef and lamb, native foods, organic dairy, olive oils, wood fired bread, artisan cheeses, chocolates, coffee and ice cream are just some of the outstanding foods being produced.
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6. Organic gardens
Our Organic gardens are taking off in a big way, and in fact the first Margaret River organic garden trail recently opened. It means that in many restaurants, what’s on your plate isn’t just locally sourced; the chef has simply picked it from the garden.
Try: Voyager Estate, Aravina Estate, Cullen Wines, Eagle Bay Brewing Co., Burnside Organic Farm