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The Unmissable Events at Margaret River’s Cabin Fever

We’re deep in the season of the cold, coats and cabin fever. While the chill, rain and storms provide the perfect excuse to stay curled up under a rug indoors all day, Margaret River’s Cabin Fever Festival gives you every reason to get out of the house and do something exciting this winter.

Held across the Margaret River region from July 13 t0 22, the annual mini-festival rallies local producers together to host a series of foodie events that showcase the beauty of the region during the winter months. From free bonfires on beer farms and Sunday yum cha, to live art and the most lavish of seven-course dinners, the festival has all tastes and interests covered.

Put your hibernation on hold with a trip to the south west for these unmissable events on the Cabin Fever calendar.

Paint and Sip at Whicher Ridge Wines

Trade in the Saturday morning yoga class and get in touch with a different side of you in a three hour guided art session. For $125, embrace your inner Picasso and put brush to paper under the expert guidance of Australian born California based artist, Christine Mac Shane, while looking out over Whicher Ridge’s stunning Chapman Hill vineyard. Enjoy a few glasses of vino as you get creative, and after the session, sit down to lunch by Aquaviva Catering. All painting materials are provided, and your masterpiece is your own to keep at the end of the session.

Saturday July 14 and 21, 10am- 2pm, 200 Chapman Hill East Road, Chapman Hill WA 6280

Bastille Day Lunch

Give way to your inner Francophile and celebrate Bastille Day in style with a rustic four-course French lunch at Margaret River’s Cape Mentelle. The winery’s historic wine cellar will play host to a sumptuous long table lunch, where the gourmet fare will be expertly paired with drops from the winery’s own cellar door – all for the ticket price of $150.00.

Post feast, test your skills with a light-hearted game of Pétanque on the lawn, and chill out to the tunes of local singer Cassandra Charlick.

Saturday July 14, midday – 4:30pm, Cape Mentelle, 331 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River 

Farm, Fire, Food by Chef George Cooper 

Spend a beautiful evening by the roaring fire at chef George Cooper’s own private farm for a decadent, one-off seven-course degustation dinner. Born out of a demand for intimate catered dinners hosted at home, 28-year-old Cooper’s FoodbytheChef dinners are some of the most hotly contested tickets about. Hosted by George and his wife Kayleigh, the lavish dinner showcases the best of local winter produce, alongside matched boutique wines from around the Margaret River wine region.

Friday 20 July, 4:30pm – late, Private Property, Yallingup Siding (Address upon booking)

Dark Matters at Eagle Bay Brewing Co

Beer and coffee – they are just two of life’s greatest pleasures and they will be coming together as one for the Eagle Bay Brewing Co ‘Dark Matters’ event. A collaboration between the brewery, Perth’s Twin Peaks coffee and Dunsborough’s The Cape Effect, the evening will be all about brews, beans and hops. Enjoy some experimental brews, coffee beer and coffee loaded cocktails, while enjoying some tunes and eats from Eagle Bay Brewing Co and Burnt Ends Smoking Co.

Friday, 13 July, 6pm – late, Eagle Bay Brewing Co, 236 Eagle Bay Rd, Naturaliste WA 6281

Fondue by the Fire

Fondue By The Fire Photo: Tim CampbellThere is no better way to spend a rainy, cold afternoon in the south west than with a pot full of gooey, melty Cambray Sheep Cheese and a bottle of Howard Park’s finest red. Head in to the winery early to score a spot right by the fireplace, or find yourself a seat across from the floor to ceiling windows for beautiful views out over the vineyard.

If you don’t want to linger around for a lazy afternoon of fondue and wine, pop in to do a quick wine tasting at the bar followed by a free cheese tasting at the Cambray counter.

Saturday and Sunday, both weekends, from midday, Howard Park Wines, 543 Miamup Rd, Cowaramup WA 6284

Organic Winter Wine Experience

The organic farming industry is exploding in the south west, and this is your chance to get an exclusive glimpse in to the processes of the farms championing the movement. Tickets to explore the grounds of Burnside Organic Farm are $95, and you will learn the behind the scenes of organic wine making from the farmers and wine-makers along the way. Once the tour comes to an end, the farm will play host to an organic food and wine tasting featuring fresh produce and wine made onsite.

July 15 – 17, 10 – 12:30pm, Burnside Organic Farm, 287 Burnside Rd, Margaret River 

Published 25 June, 2018