Rather than fighting the cold, the Margaret River region celebrates it. Some might say it’s when the region shows off its true colours.
Whether you love music, cinema, getting physical, wine, food or all of the above, there’s something for everyone this winter.
Find the latest event listings at margaretriver.com/events
There’s something special about Busby Marou – their melodic riffs and honest lyrics formulate an Australiana vibe like no other.
The duo consists of two mates, Thomas Busby and Jeremy Marou, who in the past bonded over knocking out tunes in the corner of Rockhampton’s Oxford Hotel. Now they’re back and are shaping a promising new chapter in their career with Settlers Tavern on the agenda. Witness the talented pair live when they perform their smooth harmonies and understated guitar riffs at Margaret River’s Settlers Tavern.
Thursday, 22 June 2017
Hunting for black gold
Truffle Kerfuffle is an immersive and decadent festival with many lavish activities on offer; it can be hard to know where to begin.
The festival is a weekend-long celebration of truffle season hosted in the very heart of Australia’s truffle region, Manjimup, not far from the Margaret River region. This luxury product is in no short supply down in Manjimup’s picturesque neck of the woods.
If you get in early, a standard adult Festival Village entry ticket is a modest price of $35 for weekend access or just $17 for Sunday alone.
This will provide access to the festival where live music, a local wine and cider bar, Campfire Kitchen, gourmet market (think fresh truffle sales, dining pop-ups, local winemakers), and
more truffle gold will be featured. Personalise your day and choose from a selection of extremely tempting activities.
Just a few include: The Shed Wine Sessions, where you will experience the most down to earth tasting from a curated selection of local Southern Forest wines; an intimate cooking workshop where you’ll learn from an array of celebrity and top chefs; a selection of truffle hunts where you will forage the truffle-rich landscape led by local guides; and the indulgent
truffle dining event A Winter’s Night. With so much to take in, it’s no surprise that the weekend pass is so popular. Make the most of your time and opt to stay at the festival itself
at the Soul Camping Village or WA Wilderness Glamping Village. Both are located right beside the breathtaking Fonty’s Pool where you can best soak up and appreciate your natural
surroundings in style.
Truffle Kerfuffle, Fonty’s Pool, Manjimup, 23 – 25 June
Local to legend
Noah Shilkin, has a lot to offer, not just to the Margaret River region, but the nation and beyond too. He’s a producer, composer/songwriter, recording artist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with iconic artists such as AC/DC, Alanis Morrisette and Bryan Adams, to name a few. Another of his many talents is his well-received impersonation of music legend Elton John.
Soon Noah will be showcasing this talent at Caves House, where he will be performing Elton John’s famous album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road in its entirety.
Tickets priced at $120 will include a three-course meal and a drink on arrival – expect it to be an occasion to remember. For the purpose of the tribute, he’s formed the band Not Quite Dwight. They’ll be playing all the classics – Bennie and the Jets, Candle in the Wind and, of course, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
Come dressed in your favourite Elton inspired 1970s-style glasses for your chance to win a prize.
Caves House, Friday 30 June 2017
The brunch bunch
Keep the winter blues away with Champagne Brunch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at Aravina Estate. Have a lie in and enjoy a taste of luxury from 10am through until the end of August at one of the region’s most beautiful wine estates. Why not start the day’s tasting with a glass of Aravina Estate bubbles and a breakfast fit for a king (or queen!). At $30 per person, it includes a glass of reserve sparkling and a sumptuous selection of brunch dishes dreamt up by executive chef Ben Day. The perfect start to a day in Margaret River paradise.
Bookings essential – best get in quick as places are limited places on 08 9750 1111.
Guy’s the man
As part of Cabin Fever, Guy Grossi, Australia’s leading Italian chef, will present a menu showcasing the best of Margaret River produce matched to Voyager Estate wines. It’s a rare opportunity to hear more from this celebrated chef as he travels west from his award-winning collection of restaurants in Melbourne.
“I’ll be putting together a tasting menu, bringing ideas from my kitchens in Melbourne,” said Guy. “I’ll be tasting Voyager’s wines and using them to inspire the menu. The idea is that we’re bringing a taste of Melbourne to the Margaret River region, but of course I’d like to try and use local produce too, so will incorporate some of the south west’s delicious ingredients.”
One of the highlights of Cabin Fever, Guy Grossi in Residence at Voyager Estate will mark the well-known chef’s return to the south west. “I went to Gourmet Escape last year, and
enjoyed being part of that amazing event, taking part in a panel discussion with Jack Stein (Rick’s son) as well as Carlo Grossi.”
It was during last year’s event that Guy visited Voyager for the first time, and after being shown around the beautiful vineyard and estate, the conversation began to put together the special culinary event involving Guy and his team cooking in the Voyager kitchens.
“I’m impressed with the quality of the produce and the offering as a whole at Voyager Estate,” says Guy. “I think most people over east would be very surprised at the quality and it’s worth the effort to cross the Nullaboor because it really is paradise here.”
After the Voyager Estate event, celeb spotters may be in luck; Guy is hoping to hang around and spend a few days exploring the region a little more. “I might as well stick around for a couple of days while I’m in the region. Sometimes in country locations standards and styles can be a little stagnant, but not in Margaret River. It’s wonderful.”
Guy Grossi in Residence at Voyager Estate, 41 Stevens Road, Margaret River, July 21, from 7 to 11pm.
Cabin Fever, Margaret River Region, July 14 to 23.
Put a hold on hibernation
If you’re thinking now that summer has said goodbye it’s time to hide away at home until next season, think again. Cabin Fever will be taking over the Margaret River region this month with over 25 unique events, all with one aim: to put hibernation on hold.
Expect all the creature comforts needed to stay satisfied once the cold weather kicks in. Warming food, fireside brews, cheese, live music and, of course, quality south west wine
will all be available to you.
If you’re a foodie, you’ll enjoy Five for Five at Vasse Felix in celebration of the restaurant’s 50 years, the Wilyabrup Cooking Class and Long Table Lunch, the Blend Forage Feast – Fire Edition for winter wine and food discovery and the Perfect Pairing Battle for aspiring wine and cheese connoisseurs, among an abundance of more local dining experiences and masterclass endeavours.
Alternatively, try your hand at an art masterclass at Jahroc Galleries, muddy your boots on an Organic Farm Walk or soiree at the Secret Speakeasy.
All in all, Cabin Fever is about wining, dining and having a grandiose time – and enjoying the riches of the Margaret River region.
CHOCOLATE AND WINE PAIRINGS MASTERCLASS
That’s right, the best things in life cost $30 and happen at the Margaret River Providore. So do your future self a biggie and book into their wine and chocolate masterclass. Yes, we said wine and chocolate. Together. Do it.
Margaret River Providore, 448 Tom Cullity Drive, Wilyabrup,
July 21 to 23, 2.30 to 3.30pm.
Dust off your cow onesies, grab your cowboy boots and join the fun!
This year the udderley legendairy cow themed country fair will celebrate the fifth birthday of Cowaramup’s famous fibreglass cows.
Put on your party hooves and head down on Saturday 8 July from 9am – 3pm (the middle weekend of the July School Holidays).
There’ll be craft stalls in Cow Hall with all the fun of the fair outside including Mechanical Bull Rides, Bouncy Castle, Fire Brigade Fun, Laser Tag for the kids and not so little kids, Calf
Petting, yummy Food Stalls including our own Cowaramup Lions Club Sausage Sizzle, Deja View Local Art Exhibition and Boot Scooting for all you line dancers out there! Entry is by
gold coin donation.
July 8, 9am to 3pm Cowaramup Hall, Oval and Duggan Pavillion
The Gracetown Grommets is a popular and historical junior surfing event held in memory of the nine lives lost in the Gracetown Tragedy.
Run in partnership with the Margret River Boardriders and Cowbay Boardriders, the comp provides an opportunity for junior boardriders club members to compete at an amateur level against rival boardriders clubs members and statewide competitors.
The event is held in the idyllic location of Gracetown Bay and offers great views from the South Point carpark. Following perfect conditions at the 20th anniversary event last year, this year more cracking waves and light winds are hoped for. Expect a smile on every kid’s dial regardless of how they went, and a real spiritual feeling which embodies what the competition is all about.
21st Annual Gracetown Grommets
September 16 and 17, 7.30am – 4.30pm
Gracetown Bay. Visit cowbay.com.au
A muddy good time
SHAKING THINGS UP and away from the South West’s usual wines and waves is the Mudfest, where instead there’s mud, burgers and beers on the agenda.
Hosted at Bootleg Brewery, this jam-packed day will have you getting down and dirty with activities while breathing in the open air of WA’s south west.
Start off the morning with the Dirty Dozen long course, a true test of fitness, endurance and skill. This 12km, 1-2 hour course is not for the faint-hearted. Though it is for those who are up for a challenge and a bit of friendly rivalry among mates. It’s the ideal prep for a well-deserved burger, beer and relaxation time, which you can look forward to enjoying in the afternoon.
If you like the idea of getting in touch with the outdoors for a bit of fun fitness and a muddy good time, but feel 12km is a bit of a stretch, opt for the 5km ‘short’ course. And for little ones between six and 12, the 1km course will be enough to wear them out but still have them laughing at the end.
South West Mudfest, Bootleg Brewery, July 1.
Festival for film fanatics
2017 IS WELL and truly upon us now, which means it’s the 10th year for CinefestOZ Film Festival that will be once again taking to the South West to showcase a fresh line-up of new, captivating films.
This renowned premiere destination film festival annually boasts a number of high calibre film guests and an impeccable line-up of both new Australian and French feature films, documentaries and short films.
Naturally it attracts the best of such films, as well as Australian filmmakers and actors of international repute, as it awards Australia’s Greatest Film Prize of $100 000.
Complementing such an award, the CinefestOZ program includes a diverse list of functions and immersive film experiences to attend, such as the Red Carpet Feature Film
Premieres and Gala Night.
Feature films and events will be dispersed among the local cinemas, wineries, boutique breweries, small bars and galleries, making for an impressive regional experience.
CinefestOZ, Western Australia’s South West,
August 23 to 27
Race the day away
Busselton will again play host to a six-hour Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) race at the city’s magnificent foreshore.
HPV racing sees teams compete against each other on a closed controlled circuit, and the 2017 Busselton event marks just the fourth time a HPV race has been conducted in Western Australia.
The 850m circuit in place at Busselton will be technical, demanding and, according to some of the most experienced riders, a lot of fun!
Situated just west of the Equinox restaurant on the breathtaking north-facing Geographe Bay, the setting is one that you won’t be rushing away from. Stay awhile to relax and dine under the heritage fig trees, overlooking the tranquil waters and the historic Busselton Jetty.
August 19 and 20 Busselton Foreshore (car park west of the Equinox)
A global comedy sensation
FAULTY TOWERS THE DINING EXPERIENCE is an internationally acclaimed two-hour eat, drink and comedic sensation that will have you in stitches. It is a loving tribute to the iconic sitcom Fawlty Towers, written by John Cleese and Connie Booth, and emulates the same improvised, wacky humour that you would find in the adored 1970s crazed hotel.
Become a part of the show yourself as the audience become the diners in the Faulty Towers restaurant and are served by Basil, Sybil and Manuel. It’s always a first for everyone as two-thirds of this show are cleverly improvised. We can reveal a few things at least; you can expect gags, shambolic service and a ‘70s-style three-course meal.
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is a global event that has sold out across the world at Sydney Opera house, Raffles Singapore and London’s West End. Now it returns to Caves House Hotel – book early to secure a spot!
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience,
Caves House Hotel, August 8 to 9.
The south west corner of Western Australia is renowned for having some of the richest flora in the world, with an estimated seventy five per cent of the 11,000 wildflower species recorded in Western Australia growing here.
The Busselton Wildflower Exhibition, now in its 92nd year, is a wonderful way to view a stunning array of the region’s wildflower species. Individual specimens of flowers and orchids are displayed with their botanical names, creating interest for both amateur and expert alike.
The flowers on display are picked by people who hold a one day ‘Pickers License’ issued by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. All pickers are conscious of the need to preserve our native flora and are committed to picking responsibly.
If you’re not already a floral fanatic, the exhibition is guaranteed to give you the inspiration to go walking the region’s many tracks and trails to see the native flora close up in the wild.
In addition to the fabulous display of wildflowers, there are varied stalls with local produce and crafts, and teas and lunches will be served.
Busselton Wildflower Exhibition September 28 and
29, 9am – 5pm, Busselton Uniting Church
Escape in style
Hankering to have the chance to try the local produce of the Margaret River region while surrounded by the that showstopping pristine natural landscape? Well, then the Margaret River Gourmet Escape is for you. The event has become globally recognised for it’s delicious food, fine wines, great beers and celebrity chefs. Oh – and let’s not forget about that location.
Sip on a pinot noir from the cool-climate surrounds of the picturesque Leeuwin Estate winery where you will be encircled by towering karri trees and shaded by a canopy of jarrahs.
Here you will find the Gourmet Village – the stunning epicentre of Gourmet Escape.
During the festival, not only will you have the chance to indulge in fine wines, fine foods, and fine surroundings; but you’ll likely rub shoulders with fine company – some of the world’s best chefs and food and wine experts. In 2016, Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein and Guy Grossi were the experts in attendance.
Leave the festival with impressive new skills after attending available masterclasses hosted by these top notch chefs. Over the course of the weekend, you can also enjoy tastings of food and wine, live music, join for feasts made from local produce, amongst much more.
More information is to be revealed before the event takes place in November. In the meantime, save the date for this special weekend and make sure you stay up-to-date with Gourmet Escape to discover who you might meet this year.
Margaret River Gourmet Escape, Margaret
River Region, November 16 to 19.