Cabin Fever set to kick in this winter
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, visit www.cabinfeverfest.com.au.
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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.