Cabin Fever Festival Beerfarm

No winter in the South West is complete without a trip to the Margaret River Region for Cabin Fever, our very own local remedy for the winter time blues.

Pack your big woolly jumpers and gumboots and come down for ten days of jam-packed events, complete with roaring fires and the best wintery vibes. With over 40 events ranging from long lunches at premier wineries to laid back taco truck fiestas, and even a wine themed drag show, there truly is something for everyone.

Not sure where to start? The Cabin Fever program is chockablock with good times, so to make it easy we have grouped events into four mini itineraries based on your ideal festival experience. See you soon!

Cabin Fever - Harvest Lunch. Credit Paris Hawken Photography

Alcohol-Free Indulgences

Cabin Fever events are often centred around the regions award-winning wineries and breweries, but sometimes you don’t feel like drinking and that doesn’t mean you miss out on any festival fun. Here are some events that include plenty of the indulgence, none of the alcohol.

Morning Cupping Session

Saturday 16th July

Start your Saturday off right by learning the art and science of making the perfect cup of coffee at home, from the brew lords at Margaret River Roasting. Trust me, once you taste a properly made cup of Joe, you will be tossing that instant coffee to the curb! It includes a breaky bagel, tour of the roastery and a coffee (of course!), so you will be fuelled for a weekend full of fun in the South West.

Souped Up Soupie

Tuesday 19th July

Stick around until Tuesday to line up with the locals for the Souped Up Soupie. Enjoy delicious food by local celebrity chef Tony Howell with all proceeds going straight back into funding the Soup Kitchen – a much-loved community hub. I would recommend pre-ordering your meal online in advance to ensure you don’t miss out on a beautiful ceramic bowl made by local artists. They sold out early last year!

Rise & Dine

Sun 24th July

Finish your Cabin Fever extravaganza with a decadent five course brunch at Xanadu. Toss your cereal to the side and instead indulge in a gourmet meal, highlighting all the best seasonal produce Margaret River has to offer. This is the breakfast of champions – just select the ‘without wine’ option when purchasing your ticket.

Bonfire at Chows Table - Credit Isolated Photography

Sustainable Celebrations

Ferment & Fire

Saturday 16th July

Get your green thumb on with a tour and tasting experience at the Burnside Organic garden. Sip a glass of Pet Nat while learning the ins and outs of maintaining a lush, organic garden and vineyard from the pros, the McCall family. After, indulge in a share platter featuring local produce while tasting back vintages of their famous Zinfandel.

Better Beef

Saturday 23rd July

Celebrating a 5 year collaboration between farmer and chef, this four course lunch by champions of sustainability Arimia is based around utilising the entire animal, a 50/50 Black Angus/Wagyu, 4 year old, 100% grass-fed local Nillup Steer. Chef Evan Hayter and the Arimia team are well-known for their dedication to ensuring their farm and vineyard have a positive impact on the environment, and this is a true farm to table dining experience centred around a ‘waste not want not’ mentality.

Fondue by the Fire

Sunday 24th July

Cap off your eco-itinerary and head to Howard Park Wines to enjoy melted cheesy deliciousness paired with award-winning wines all set in front of a roaring fire. Iconic Dunsborough-based Lady Lola has got the fondue covered and with their tantalising selection of cheeses, cured meats, and sustainably sourced produce, it is sure to be absolutely divine. Pair your cheesy fare with Howard Park’s newly launched range of wines, Arbor Novae. With every bottle sold, Howard Park pledges a $1.50 donation to Carbon Positive Australia. Treat yourself to cheese and wine guilt-free, because both have been produced with our planet in mind.

Cabin Fever Howard Park Fondue by the Fire

School Your Tastebuds

What better souvenir to bring home from Cabin Fever than some new found knowledge? Learn a thing or two with this itinerary.

Lady With Merritt

Saturday 16th July

Learn to perfect the art of wine and cheese pairing with Lady Lola and Wines of Merritt as your epicurean guides. Start the afternoon with a selection of cheeses each matched with a wine made by Wines of Merritt as well as a carefully selected international wine of the same variety. Following the cheese and wine pairing, enjoy two more courses filled with seasonal produce and wines to match.

Read Between the Wines

Sunday 17th July

Ground Up: Flavours of Terroir

Sunday 24th July

Unlock the secrets of terroir through a sensory journey through coffee, chocolate and Cabernet. Discover the intricate art of crafting these earthly delights from industry professionals Alessandro Fucci from Yahava KoffeeWorks, Josh Bahen of Bahen & Co, and sommelier Claire Tonon from Voyager Estate. Finish the evening with a glass of wine and snacks provided by Voyager Estate.

George Tiller at Farm Fire Food Event - Cabin Fever 2020

Fun and Frivolity

At the end of the day, Cabin Fever is all about filling the cooler nights and rainy days with fun-filled events that will get us off the couch and out of the house. This year’s events that focus on 100% good times with your mates include…

Bites, Beats and Liquid Treats

Sunday 17th July

This event is sure to excite any foodie, with canapes inspired by a mashup of Asian street food and classic Aussie seafood, all paired with wines by local legends LS Merchants. Look out for their absolutely delicious 2021 Chenin Blanc! As well as serving up some tasty wines Dylan Arvidson, LS Merchant owner and winemaker, will be serving up some fresh beats to bop your  head to.

Belters at Shelter

Thursday 21st July

Fever Sessions

Thursday 21st July

Think pub quiz but entirely focused on wine! Blind taste wines from all over the world and work as a team to guess what they are through a series of multiple choice questions. Not only is this event a banger of a night but you are guaranteed to try a wine you have never tasted before!

Note: the Friday night session is all but sold out, so you best move quickly to snap up tickets for Thursday! 

Cabin Fever Closer

Sunday 24th July

All good things must come to an end, even Cabin Fever, but it is all about going out in a blaze of glory. Join the locals as they dance the night away at the Brewhouse on Sunday July 24th for the Cabin Fever Closer. Sip on a special release beer inspired by Mexican Hot Chocolate, snack on Brewhouse classics, and soak in the ambiance complete with live music and Jarrah trees illuminated by festoon lights. Here is proof that not all endings have to be a bummer!

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