Cabin Fever set to kick in this win­ter

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - With Ary­lene West­lake-jen­nings

THE Mar­garet River re­gion doesn’t nat­u­rally come to mind when you’re think­ing of a quick get­away in win­ter – go­ing north is usu­ally the go. But a new food and wine fes­ti­val com­ing in July prom­ises to make the trip worth your while.

With 35 events al­ready con­firmed, the in­au­gu­ral Cabin Fever is shap­ing up to be a fan­tas­tic rea­son to go down south next month.

“If you make the ef­fort to actually leave your house or your ac­com­mo­da­tion, we’re go­ing to re­ward you with some ex­cit­ing events,” Cabin Fever codi­rec­tor Bri­anna De­la­porte said.

“We’ve had an over­whelm­ing re­sponse from the in­dus­try want­ing to be in­volved with such a quirky and cool event con­cept that is a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent to your av­er­age food and wine event.”

The fes­ti­val, which runs from July 14 to 23, is ex­pected to show­case the best of the re­gion with a fo­cus on home­grown tal­ent, the winer­ies and sea­sonal pro­duce across a cal­en­dar of free and tick­eted events.

These in­clude choco­late and cof­fee ap­pre­ci­a­tion ses­sions, de­gus­ta­tion din­ners, work­shops, bon­fires and live mu­sic.

“We want ev­ery­one to have the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend and be a part of it so there are some re­ally ex­cit­ing free events,” De­la­porte said.

“You might have to buy a glass of wine or food when you get there but there is so much on of­fer.

“I’m also re­ally ex­cited about the Se­cret Speakeasy, a Pro­hi­bi­tion­in­spired event with 1920s-style gin cock­tails; dress­ing up is very much en­cour­aged.

“There are some pretty cool cheese events hap­pen­ing such as the Per­fect Pair­ing Bat­tle at Happs Wines and Fon­due by the Fire at Howard Park Win­ery.

“And there is also the Guy Grossi din­ner at Voy­ager Es­tate.”

Cabin Fever is a brain­child of lo­cal ideas man Matt Lewis, who is chair­man of the Emer­gence Cre­ative Fes­ti­val which has brought to­gether like­minded pro­fes­sion­als in mu­sic, film, ad­ver­tis­ing, dig­i­tal and the visual arts for the past five years.

“Matt had been sit­ting on the idea for a few years, loved the con­cept and the name, and just had it in his back pocket for a while,” De­la­porte said.

“Then last year the Mar­garet River re­gion’s tourism as­so­ci­a­tion put to­gether its pro­mo­tional plan and one of those ac­ti­va­tions was for a food and wine event. So it was the per­fect time to launch the idea and the in­dus­try jumped at the chance to be in­volved as it’s pro­vid­ing a much-needed boost to busi­nesses in the mid­dle of win­ter.”

For tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion, visit­in­fever­

Brew­house will host a free awards night that sees the best home brew­ers hon­oured for their skills.

Be­come a cheese and wine-pair­ing master at this Happs Wines event.

Burn­side Or­ganic Farm will open its doors to the pub­lic dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

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