What's On in July & August?
Doors are open again and there's plenty to enjoy this winter
Well, that was an interesting start to the year, wasn’t it? Thank goodness holidays are here again and the fabulous venues in the Margaret River region are open for business AND events.
Hands up who is excited to finally be able to book a ticket to an event again? Winter is the ideal time to plan a getaway down south. Think crisp days beside a warm fire, lush pastures and bushland, and roaring ocean swell. Perfect for an afternoon spent hiking, strolling or cycling. Or just curling up in some cosy accommodation!
There’s so much to enjoy both indoors and out at this time of year, so make sure you put aside a few days to do as much as possible. Find out what’s on this July & August.
Unlock the Cellar Exclusive Wine Sale | 11-12 July
If you are in need of stocking up the cellar after several months of lockdown, then Howard Park and Madfish Winery’s Unlock the Cellar is a wine sale you’ll want to be first in line for. A much anticipated annual event, timing couldn’t be better this year! Get in amongst the action in the barrel hall and snap up the chance to take home special offers and exclusive back vintage releases from museum stock. It’s worth putting aside the weekend for – you might be back for seconds once you crack open a bottle on the Saturday evening by the fireplace.
Truffles Unearthed @ Cape Lodge | 18 July
You’d have to be living under a rock if you’d missed the fact that truffle season is underway. These heady fungi are known as ‘black diamonds’ of the culinary world and can fetch up to $2,500 a kilo – there is a reason that the merest mention of the ingredient can cause foodies to swoon. Join in the fun at Cape Lodge’s Truffles Unearthed with a truffle hunt by Australian Truffle Traders and their talented dogs, before sitting down to a truffle enriched feast. The menu is paired with a selection of elegant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir by Marchand & Burch- Howard Park’s Australian/French wine project. This event is a partnership with The West Australian Good Food Guide’s inaugural Truffles Unearthed series.
Cabin Fever Weekender 2020 | 24-26 July
Margaret River Region
The program might be slightly shorter than usual, but not even a pandemic will put a stop to the winter festival that has us counting down the days from the last days of summer. Cabin Fever is back and brighter (if not bigger) than ever. Get set for a weekend filled with wintery goodness. You’ll find all the favs plus plenty more including cheese toastie battles, fondue and wine by the fire, global feasts, mulled wine and even a ramen masterclass. Tickets get snapped up uber fast, so jump on and book your spot before 2020 slips by.
CinefestOZ 2020 | 25-30 August
Busselton and Margaret River Region
What would we do without the magic of the movies? Yes, the couch has been pretty comfy over the past few months, but there’s nothing like the real deal. The popcorn machine is fired up and the projector is plugged in again for CinefestOZ this August. With over 40 live events and screenings, the festival is a celebration of Australian and International cinema with immersive events set amongst the regions wineries, breweries, restaurants, bars and galleries. It’s a film lovers mecca and tickets sell out fast.
For the Diary
Margaret River Region Open Studios| 12-27 September
Margaret River Region
It might be a little later in the year than normal, but Margaret River Region Open Studios is ON. The region’s artists and artisans are opening their doors for 16 days this spring for art lovers to immerse themselves in a world of creativity. Chat with artists and catch their work in progress, along with the opportunity to purchase pieces right off the easel. It’s the largest event of its kind, with over 100 artists opening their doors to discovery.
Margaret River Ultra Marathon | 17 October
Margaret River Region
There’s certainly no excuse for lack of training time this year. Lace up your sneakers and get amongst the fittest trail runners in the state for the Margaret River Ultra Marathon. With 80km of spectacular trails amongst the region’s forests and coastal landscapes, it’s a challenge to not stop and take in the view. There are options starting at 10km for beginners, through to the full solo 80km course for seasoned pros.
Busselton Festival of Triathlon | 17-18 October
A entire festival devoted to the triathlon, The Busselton Festival of Triathlon includes the SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3, along with a family friendly SunSmart Kids Triathlon and a Funman Teams Triathlon. Even if your wardrobe remains firmly Lycra free, there is plenty of food and entertainment all the way through until 7.30pm over the weekend.