Winter warmer will be a taste of region’s best

Augusta Margaret River Times
Last year's Farm, Fire and Food event during Cabin Fever was a big success.
Camera IconLast year's Farm, Fire and Food event during Cabin Fever was a big success. Credit: Gordon Becker

After firing up in a much-reduced format during a COVID-hit 2020, the region’s signature winter festival is back in business and tickets are on sale now.

Cabin Fever confirmed it would return to a full program, with a range of new and returning favourites to run from July 16-25.

Mainstays such as the Cheese Toastie Battle at The Common would return, while Busselton’s new foreshore megalith The Shelter will enter the festival for the first time by jumping on the sea shanty trend.

Other promised events included Blazing Brews at the Beerfarm, a visit from Perth’s French bistro Le Rebelle to Dunsborough’s Yarri for a Bordeaux versus Margaret River wine battle, and a team-up between Chow’s Table and Wildhop Brewery for a carnivore’s delight with East Meats West.

Cabin Fever would also shine a light on two of WA’s Gordon Ramsay-trained chefs when Ben Jacob and Kenny McHardy create a four-course dinner with matching wines at Jacob’s new venture Lagoon Yallingup.

“I’ve been involved with Cabin Fever through other establishments in the region for a few years now and I’m so excited to be a part of the festival this year with my own restaurant,” Jacob said. “We’ll be hosting a collaboration dinner with my close friend, Kenny McHardy from Manuka Woodfire Kitchen, and we’re both looking forward to sharing some memories of our time abroad as well as a merge of our cuisines of local seafood, native ingredients and innovative woodfired fare.”

Tickets for the fifth annual iteration of the festival are on sale via

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