As with any wine region the local produce and restaurants is broad. A great way to get a quick snapshot of the region in a relaxed environment is a visit to
Margaret River Providore in Wilyabrup. Established in Margaret River in 2005, the original Providore combines an organic olive grove, orchard and vegetable gardens, large free range chicken pen with expansive vineyards. Offering a variety of wine, chocolate liqueur and food tastings the Providore is also a pleasant place to pause for a casual cafe style meal. Enjoy your meal as the iridescent green parrots dance about the vineyards.
Not too far away is a large chocolate manufacture, but travel a little further and discover Gabriel Chocolates. A producer who is serious about quality chocolates, made from freshly roasted cacao beans from around the world.
Margaret River Farmers Market
Any foodie worth their pink salt would be crazy not to visit the Margaret River Farmers Market. Held every Saturday morning in the town of Margaret River (corner of Tunbridge & Farrelly Streets).
The Margaret River Farmers Market boasts an impressive array of high quality local produce. From nougat producers to olive oil and caper growers.
There is an impressive selection of bakeries providing wood-fired breads and possibly the biggest meringues known to mankind. Luckily when I visited the truffle season was still underway with fresh Perigord Black truffle and French Black Truffle truffles from Manjimup Truffles.
Also at the Margaret River Farmers Market, is the sensational chocolate producer of Bahen & Co. Josh Bahen uses vintage chocolate making equipment and only two ingredients, cacao beans and raw sugar. Bahen & Co strives to craft chocolate in a traditional way from bean to bar. These impressive chocolates are also now being found in a good number of locations around Australia – not to mention many wineries in Margaret River.
With such a broad range of not only great produce but more importantly sensational producers Margaret River is indeed an ideal location for a Gourmet Getaway.