Ten Margaret River Food Experiences You’ll Love

Food discovery is on the menu in Margaret River; here’s my foodie 10 of the best to make the most of your stay.

From cellar door discoveries, to winery restaurants, producers with a passion for produce and hands-on experiences, Margaret River has it all. To understand the effect of its Mediterranean, maritime climate and get to grips with its laid-back lifestyle you need to taste the wine, talk to the makers and dine like a local.

1. Experience an Organic Farm: Burnside Organic Farm

Lara and Jamie McCall, are living the dream of many a city dweller. On the family’s organic farm they grow grapes, make wine, raise pigs, grow organic veggies and avocados, as well as award winning capers. A stay in one of the property’s bungalows gives guests a chance to tour the farm, pick veggies and dream of life in Margaret River.

https://burnsideorganicfarm.com.au/

287 Burnside Road, Margaret River, Western Australia

Nearby Fair Harvest Permaculture, offers courses, garden tours and Tipi accommodation. From September to November, and February to April, their café is open every Thursday lunchtime.

2. Cooking Classes: Wildwood Valley

Carlo and Sioban Baldini, mix Carlo’s Tuscan heritage with Sioban’s experience cooking at world famous Rockpool, and Longrain, for cooking classes at their Yallingup property. From using a wood oven to crafting Thai dishes, their diverse classes (from December to March) make the best use of the region’s produce.

www.wildwoodvalley.com.au/

1481 Wildwood Road, Yallingup, Western Australia

Cooking classes also run at Cape Lodge, The Larder, as well as one off events and series’ at some of the region’s top wineries.

3. Winery Dining: Amelia Park Restaurant

Amongst the newest restaurants in the region, Amelia Park Restaurant has a local ethos at its heart. Blair and Renee Allen previously owners of local favourite Piari & Co in Dunsborough, have quickly propelled the laidback yet fine diner into the hearts of locals. Using the best local producers, from Amelia Park lamb, to marron and truffle from the Southern Forests.

https://www.ameliaparkrestaurant.com.au/

3857 Caves Road, Wilyabrup, Western Australia

For more chefs engaged with the regions producers, Vasse Felix, Will’s Domain, Aravina Estate, Arimia and Knee Deep Wines should be a few on your radar.

4. Let the Restaurant Come to You: Food by the Chef

George Cooper, is a young British chef who now calls Margaret River home. With Food by the Chef he brings the restaurant to you; sourcing the best of the regions ingredients and putting his own unique spin on a dining experience. Trained at some the UK’s best Michelin restaurants, he’s a regular collaborator with the regions wineries and events like the annual Gourmet Escape.

http://www.foodbythechef.com/

6-9 Griffin Drive, Dunsborough, Western Australia 

5. Meet the Makers: Glenarty Road

Ben McDonald’s family has farmed at the southern end of the region for generations, from dairy to sheep and now with a mix of livestock, vines and other produce. McDonald planted vines over 20 years ago, with an idea that one day, he’d not just make wine, but have a cellar door. Two decades later and a converted farm shed is now a cellar door come informal eatery. Take a walk around the property, for a progressive tasting while you look over and walk through the vines. Food reared and grown on the property from grass fed lamb to veggies is all part of this holistic wine experience.

http://www.glenartyroad.com.au/

70 Glenarty Road, Karridale, Western Australia

6. Koomal Dreaming

Josh Whiteland takes you on a cultural journey that spans 50, 000 years, incorporating an element of his food heritage. While many chefs in the region are incorporating native ingredients from marron and abalone to coastal herbs, Josh provides an experience with context.

https://www.koomaldreaming.com.au/

Caves Rd, Yallingup, Western Australia

7. Festival Time: Gourmet Escape

Gourmet Escape shines a global spotlight on Margaret River each November. A stellar line-up of world culinary talent line up alongside the best of West Australia. An unmissable food and wine experience.

https://gourmetescape.com.au/

The region is also home to Cabin Fever, Truffle Kerfuffle (in the nearby Southern Forests) and a host of smaller events like Gather & Feast (held by Margaret River culinary students).

8. Sanctuary: Passel Estate

For the uninitiated, a passel is a family of possums. At one of the region’s newest wineries there’s a message of conservation, as well as quality wine. Over 10 hectares of native bushland has been reserved as a sanctuary for the endangered Western Ringtail Possums. The perfect mix of Margaret River’s greatest assets: environment and premium wine.

https://passelestate.com/

655 Ellen Brook Road, Cowaramup, Western Australia

9. Build Your Own Picnic: Margaret River Farmer’s Market

A true food icon of the region this is where locals do their Saturday morning shop, and where visitors can grab cold meats, cheese, vegetables, fruit, bread, and more. A great place to stock up for a picnic on the coast.

https://www.margaretriverfarmersmarket.com.au/

272 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River, Western Australia

Blue Ginger, The Larder and Margaret River Venison are other great spots to stock up.

10. The Region's Best Wine List: Settler’s Tavern

If you really want to drink like a local, you do it at the Tav. Awarded as having one of Australia’s best wine lists this is where the region’s winemakers head to. While they’ve got a wine focused reputation, owners Rob and Karen Gough also run Margaret River Ale Company. All bases covered.

http://www.settlerstavern.com/

114 Bussell Highway, Margaret River, Western Australia

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