T hanks to Cabin Fever, winter in the Margaret River region is full of perfect excuses to eat and drink way too much! We’ve picked out the ten events that are worth dropping everything for and getting on a flight over ASAP.
Thinking about a mid-year escape? The Margaret River region’s Cabin Fever Festival is home to a bunch of events for food lovers that’ll make it impossible to choose anywhere else as your destination. Far from going into winter hibernation, Cabin Fever Festival ensures that the region is in full wintery swing by working with local businesses to put on an incredible program of food, beverage, chocolate and cheese experiences.
Whether you’re after impressive locations and premium, exclusive food and wine experiences, or want to hang out with locals at some of the region’s most loved venues, there’s a Cabin Fever experience that’ll have you booking flights faster than you can say ‘yum!’. The one thing all of these events have in common is that they all feature world-class, delicious local food; some in the form of long-table dinners and banquet style feasts, others in the form of melting pots of cheese around the fireplace! Is your mouth watering? Wait ‘til you’ve checked out these ten incredible examples of the food and wine experiences you can only have in the Margaret River region, all thanks to Cabin Fever Festival!
Fondue by the Fire at Howard Park Wines | 14, 15, 21 & 22 July
The artisan cheese made in the Margaret River region is almost enough to fly here alone. Add winter vibes, a burning fire and melting, delicious cheese fondue into the mix and you’ve got a full-blown reason to head to the airport right now. This is Margaret River at its most relaxed: grab a spot on the couch or perch up on a wine barrel by the roaring fireplace for an afternoon of lingering over a delicious fondue of Cambray Sheep Cheese, a local favourite made in Nannup.
Night of the Living Red at Arimia Estate | Friday, 13 July
Arimia Estate is one of the region’s quintessential wineries, known for making quality wine using organic principles. Cabin Fever Festival will see them inviting guests for a night full of wild ferment wine tasting – reds of course, it is winter – alongside two other wineries that produce their wines in the same way. There’ll be dinner on offer too – think non-fussy, high-quality, produce driven food, produced by Arimia’s Chef in collaboration with one other who remains a secret!
Winter Seafood Feast at Robert Oatley | Sunday, 15 July
Cabin Fever celebrates Bastille Day with a delicious winter seafood long table meal, hosted at Robert Oatley – a beautiful Spanish-style farmhouse that overlooks the undulating vineyards and natural bushland. Dinner will feature the classic French seafood stew Bouillabaise, and guests will be joined by local fishermen, wholesalers and retailers who will share local knowledge and some great stories about the perils of winter fishing! This is a great way to get to know some locals, enjoy a delicious meal and maybe harbour some inspiration for a fishing trip of your own while you’re here!
Swings Fever Feast at Swings Taphouse | Sunday, 15 July
If blazing fires and mulled wine don’t scream winter, we don’t know what does! A Cabin Fever event taking place at much-loved local restaurant Swings Taphouse promises both those things, and more. A long table feast will feature a whole roasted pig with roasted winter vegetables to accompany, all matched with Swings & Roundabouts’ premium wine range, Backyard Stories. This is quintessential Margaret River – you’ll feel like a local!
Beef and Bourbon Dinner at Morries | Wednesday, 18 July
Morries is a Margaret River local favourite on the main strip – they dish out quality food and shake a pretty good cocktail too! For Cabin Fever, they’re teaming up with two awesome regional suppliers – Limeburners Distillery and Farmhouse Butcher – to deliver a night of winter inspired, bourbon-paired beef dishes. Expect beef served finer than you’ve ever seen before, and the warm melting of spicy, caramel bourbons!
Farm, Fire, Food by Chef George Cooper | Friday, 20 July
Talented young Dunsborough Chef George Cooper invites you to be the first to experience a taste of things to come on his new farm in Yallingup Siding. The fires will be lit for a seven-course degustation dinner, featuring some of the region’s finest winter produce in a cosy, rustic setting. This is a truly experimental private dining experience – which George Cooper is no stranger to providing. His business FoodbytheChef receives rave reviews from people all over the world about – now it’s your turn to see what all the fuss is about. George will be matching some of his favourite food with wine from local boutique producers, and you’ll get to know him and the region in the process.
Wine and Chocolate Pairing Masterclass at Providore | Friday 20 & Saturday 21 July
The region is becoming more and more well-known for its incredible chocolate producers and artisans, so it makes sense that Cabin Fever Festival should base an event entirely on how best to eat it. And the best way is, of course, with a glass of wine. This event will take you through a wine and chocolate pairing masterclass, so not only will you get to devour delicious treats and taste premium wines, you’ll also learn a thing or two! Hosted by Margaret River Providore, who create some of the region’s finest produce (as well as heaps of chocolate at the chocolate factory next door), you know you’re in for a treat!
The Last Supper at Larry Cherubino | Saturday, 21 July
Brought to us by Supper Road, one of the region’s most sought-after caterers, this incredible long table dinner will be hosted in the Barrel Hall at Larry Cherubino Wines. Featuring a banquet style menu of shared feast platters, the food sprawling the length of the table will showcase some of the region’s finest produce with a comforting winter twist: think beefy broths, whole-wheel cheeses, and wood-fried bread. Tickets are all inclusive, and guarantee a warm, satisfied belly.
Secret Dinner | Saturday, 14 July
Obviously, there’s not too much we can tell you about this one except that it’s probably as exclusive as it gets in the Margaret River region. Guests will be collected from a central meeting place, and taken to the secret location where canapes and a wine-paired three course meal of fine food awaits. It’s so secret that not even we know where it is, but we have a few hints: it’s a private residence, and one of the region’s most prestigious. The dinner will also lend you the opportunity to meet the chef, who we’re assuming is going to be someone pretty important!
Blazing Brews at the Beer Farm | Saturday, 21 July
We hear the legends at The Beer Farm are already gathering wood for this year’s Blazing Brews! The taps will be stocked with fresh, seasonal beers and the grill will be hot ‘n’ ready to produce a couple of ‘Against the Gran’ paddock to plate meat eats. About as rocking as the Margaret River region gets, also expect some red hot live music and a late (but warm!) night.
We can hear your stomachs rumbling from here. Check out these incredible trip options and make Margaret River yours this July! By the way, booking your trip with us enters you into the draw to win the value of your trip back.