What's Happening in September?
Wine dinners, cooking classes and whale festivals!
Spring has finally arrived in the Margaret River region, giving life to a whole new season of fun to be had – not to mention a vast display of incredible wildflowers. From food and wine events to live music and exclusive experiences at some of the regions most iconic venues, there’s no shortage of reasons to schedule in a spring fling with the Margaret River region this month.
September sees a range of community events and well-kept secrets to uncover in this spectacular region. Whether it’s hanging out with local artists, learning how to prepare seasonal veg with one of the region’s most acclaimed chefs, or taking the family along to a whale festival, you might find yourself extending your stay until summer.
Artists in Residence at Margaret River Gallery | All Month
Over the month of September, local painters Natasha Hill and Kate Debbo will be taking up residency in Margaret River Gallery on the town’s main strip, in a first for the gallery. Using the gallery space as their studio, they’ll be taking the time to create a series of new works and you’ll be able to pop in and see it in action! Kate Debbo is known for her large, gestural and colourful abstracts while Natasha Hill’s work is more multi-layered with a subdued palette – so two vastly different artists to view the work of. You’ll even be able to hang out in the Gallery’s lounge area and chat with the artists! Start thinking of your questions now…
Pasta Wine Fire Fridays at Glenarty Road | Every Friday in September
When the craving for pasta hits, there’s not much you can do except satisfy it. Glenarty Road have you covered with Pasta Wine Fire Fridays, whereby just $25 will get you a house-made pasta and a glass of Kerfuffle wine for lunch. This is the perfect opportunity to make your way south and witness the mesmerising beauty of Karridale and Augusta, plus devour some of the region’s most delicious pasta for lunch!
Blessing of the Fleet & Whale Festival at Port Geographe Marina | 15 September
Calling all pirates! We’ve already had a few months of incredible whale sightings and interactions with these gigantic creatures out on the water, but get your official welcome to whale season at this month’s Whale Festival, with the added luxury of some nicer spring weather. You’ll witness a decorated boat procession, blessing of the fleet, live music, market stalls and free entertainment for the whole family, plus you’ll be able to book your whale watching tour too!
Cooking School at Rustico | 16 September
If there were ever a time to brush up on your cooking skills, it’s spring! This month allows you to do just that, and at one of the Margaret River region’s most renowned venues, no less. Rustico Cooking School is back, with Head Chef Mike McAlister ready to take you on an international food adventure, all in the name of equipping you with the skills to whip up some Rustico-inspired dishes. The class runs for 2.5hours, during which time you’ll cook, learn about and feast on a bunch of culinary delights! From oyster shucking, to making scallop ceviche, to achieving the perfect pork crackle, this short class sure covers a lot of foodie ground! Of course, there’ll also be a few vinos consumed along the way. Bookings essential!
Sunday Funday at Cheeky Monkey | 16 September
Spring Sundays are made for relaxing with the family – and it’s even better if you can do it down south. Cheeky Monkey has got those bases well and truly covered with their Sunday Funday, dishing up $10 kids meals, $15 wings and a very special lucky dip for all ages. With the kitchen open from 11am, the perfect (lazy) Sunday afternoon is awaiting you.
Wine Dinner at Yarri | 19 September
If you haven’t had the pleasure of dining at Yarri just yet, this month might just be your chance. The third in its series, this Wine Dinner will see Snake & Herring, Blackwood Valley Beef and Manjimup Trout & Marron Farm come together to produce a feast for the senses! While enjoying dishes prepared from some of the region’s best produce, you’ll also get to hear insights from these fantastic local producers. Something special for spring!
Yum Cha at the Vasse Felix Art Gallery | 21 September
The perfect Sunday indulgence for spring! Revel in the delights of Yum Cha at Vasse Felix with ten delicious dishes created by Head Chef Brendan Pratt and the team, accompanied by Vasse Felix wines. Guests will be seated in tables of ten, but you can request to sit with your friends if you’re coming in convoy! Bookings are essential.
Culinary Bootcamp at Cape Lodge | 29 September
Want to pick up some essential skills for preparing fabulous feasts at home? Cape Lodge has the answer this spring. Jump on board their Culinary Bootcamp and get ready for an intensive, hands-on cookery class designed to sharpen up your skills quick smart. The bootcamp will cover the fundamentals of fish, veg, meat, pastry and desserts, all under the stewardship of Chef Tony Howell and the rest of the kitchen brigade. Sounds like the perfect excuse for a Margaret River region getaway!
Women’s Masters Hockey | 27 September – 6 October
Sports fans, this one is for you. The region’s northern-most town, Busselton, will host the Women’s Masters Hockey tournament later this month which will see 900 of Australia’s best women’s masters’ athletes compete across 140 matches! Not only is this a great opportunity to see some amazing hockey skills, it’s also the perfect start to an adventure through the Margaret River region, too.
School Holiday Fun | 22 September – 7 October
A popular school holiday field trip, Tracks n Scats at Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse is back again! Promising to keep the kids entertained (and educated), at least for a few hours, with a morning of games, puzzles and environmentally focused activities. Running each Tuesday over the holidays and ideally suited to children aged 5 – 9.
Do your littlies love dinosaurs? They can learn about local extinct species in this hands-on adventure, the Megafauna Funshop. Meet the real ‘dropbear’, which lived in the forests of the south west. Running each Tuesday and Thursday morning in the school holidays. Be sure to book in this one is often a sellout!
Get the binos out for a spot of birding at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Join Christine Wilder of Cape to Cape Bird Group for a fun morning’s bird watching where the two oceans meet. This is a free event but make sure you RSVP, we hear these twitchers have laser sharp senses so the secret won’t be held for long.