I’m not going to lie – one of the reasons I love WA’s South West so much is because of its delicious produce.
With incredible wine, top class breweries and a couple of distilleries the region really holds its own – but it’s the food I get to bring home with me (if it survives the trip!) that keeps me coming back for more.
Here are my top 5 produce picks from the Margaret River region.
Margaret River Dairy Company – Farmhouse Cheese
Look you really can’t go wrong here when it comes to cheese. Their camembert is delicious and their range of cheddars are sharp and tasty, but you can grab these any time you like from most supermarkets in Perth.
The cheese I always stock up on is the Farmhouse Cheese. It comes in a few flavours – chilli, chive and onion, and peppercorn – and they’re all so, so good. This cheese is soft, smooth, delicate but delicious…I can’t get enough of it!
Get some for yourself at Margaret River Dairy Company, 8063 Bussell Highway, Metricup.
Margaret River Nuts and Cereal – Chilli Cheese and Chips Biscuits
You guys! These little bites of tasty goodness are such a genius idea. Why just have biscuits when you can also have potato chips in those biscuits! And cheese! And chilli! All the amazing things rolled into one!
What’s even better is that they’re made with real foods and there’s literally only six ingredients in the list, which means that while they’re by no means a health food, they aren’t full of preservatives, colours, or artificial flavours. They go great on a cheese board and also come in a version without the chilli for those who don’t like the mild spice hit.
Grab yourself a bag of these babies from Margaret River Nuts and Cereal, 219 Harmans Mill Road, Metricup.
Temper Temper – All the chocolate!
OK so I couldn’t narrow this down to just one favourite flavour, but it’s not for lack of trying. The only way to work out your favourite in this little shop is by tasting absolutely everything – more than once!
What’s different about Temper Temper is that their fine chocolates are sourced from sustainable farms around the world, and then their flavours are created with love. You can tell too – there’s none of this sticky, tooth-achingly sweet, artificial flavours crammed inside boring chocolate – these chocolates come in milk, dark or white, with delicate toppings like perfectly roasted fresh nuts, good-size slivers of dried fruit, exotic spices, and a range of other fun toppings.
High up on my radar are the dark chocolate coconut rough, milk chocolate peanut butter, white chocolate with dried strawberries, milk chocolate coffee crush, and any of their dark or milk mint blends.
Hit up the free tastings and take home a bagful of goodies from Temper Temper at 2 Rosa Brook Road, Margaret River.
Margaret River Providore – Fresh French baguette and Apple Balsamic Vinegar
There a lots of places around Margaret River that do good bread – it’s something of a calling card for the region. The baguettes at Providore are among the best of them, made with dough from France and baked on the premises. Best eaten straight from the bag, no knife needed, and dipped in good quality oil and balsamic vinegar.
And speaking of vinegars, Providore has some seriously tasty ones. For a long time the Champagne Vinegar and Blood Red Orange Oil were my favourite combo but this has recently been replaced by the Apple Balsamic Vinegar. It’s delicious drizzled over salad or enjoyed with fresh bread and soft cheese.
Pick up all you need for a gourmet picnic – Margaret River Providore, 448 Tom Cullity Drive, Wilyabrup.
Candy Cow – Fudge
Oh Candy Cow, how I love thee. This cute little place is iconic to Cowaramup (aka Cow Town), and a must-stop spot for anyone driving through. There’s loads of goodies on offer here, including some pretty good honeycomb and peanut brittle, but the fudge is really where it’s at.
Unfortunately my absolute favourite flavour seems to no longer be available. It was made with port from a local winery and was so incredible – light pinkish in colour, creamy, sweet, and melt in your mouth. Luckily for me, they have loads of other flavours on offer to satisfy my fudge cravings. The choc mint, lemon cheesecake, bubble gum, rocky road and berry delicious fudges are all worth a stop on your way through to Margaret River.
Get your sugar fix at Candy Cow, corner of Botterill Street and Bussell Highway, Cowaramup.
Of course, these all are best enjoyed with a glass of wine, sitting outside with good friends and family on a cool summer’s eve!
I’d love to know your favourites so I can give them a try – what’s the one thing you always take home when you visit Margaret River?
Feature image: Temper Temper