13-16 April 2012
Celebrating Natural Beauty & Bounty
When attending the Margaret River Wine Region Festival, you won’t have to walk far to immerse your senses in local food and wine. Whilst foraging around the weekend event, the artistic atmosphere and live music will heighten your experience. As will the vintage festival’s 300 varieties of wine samples amongst tasty gourmet dishes and local providore displays.
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“The annual festival has welcomed visitors to the Margaret River wine region since it first started in 1991. Twenty-one years later, the event has grown considerably to include the region’s best wine-makers, most sought-after chefs, along with the cherished artisans and musicians who will bring the region alive,” explains Margaret River Wine Industry Association president Nigel Gallop.
Fiesta and Long Table Feast - FRIDAY APRIL 13, 2012
“The Long Table Feast is becoming an increasingly important element of the Margaret River Wine Region Festival. The mouth watering delicacies will all be served alfresco on a long table set up in the stunning gardens at Leeuwin Estate - one of the most iconic wineries in the South West,” outlines Margaret River Wine Region Festival event manager John Bradbury.
Local produce will be the hero in a rustic lunch feast including generous shared platters of 48-hour slow cooked beef, fresh organic vegetables, Asian seafood curry, Western Australian cheeses and further delicacies served alfresco in the stunning gardens. Each course is matched with a glass of premium Margaret River wine from some of the leading wine makers in the country.
On Friday, from 4.30-7.30pm, you can get amongst the action in heart of Margaret River to witness the sidewalks morph into a lively all-ages celebration. The Margaret River Sidewalk Street Fiesta is a free event that starts on the lawns at Reuther Park and extends right down the hill to the Margaret River Visitors Centre for a premium wine tasting.
Vintage Festival - SATURDAY APRIL 14, 2012
“The Vintage Festival is the premier event of the festival, showcasing up to 300 new release and back vintage wines as well as the exclusive opportunity to meet passionate winemakers and local winery owners. Guests can make the most of their knowledge, the free tastings, as well as glass, bottle and case sales all through the day,” Bradbury embellishes.
The Vintage Festival has a stellar musical line-up to accompany wine tasting, including national touring acts such as Boom! Bap! Pow!
Chocolate & Cabernet - SUNDAY APRIL 15TH 2012
Guided wine and chocolate matching sessions showcase a match made in heaven. Wine and cheese tasting, meet the maker sessions and vin fete petanque will also wrap up the weekend with style. Though don’t be fooled, as Monday’s evening three course set menu dinner actually closes the show.
“The Margaret River Wine Region Festival is a time to commemorate another superb vintage. It’s an occasion to appreciate the magnificent work of our local wine industry and the wonderful culture it brings to the region,” endorses Gallop.