WESTERN Australia has everything that makes it a world-class dining destination.
Firstly, there is its farm-fresh produce and unbelievably wide range of fresh seafood.
Whether it is freshly shucked Albany oysters, decadent Manjimup black truffles or Exmouth’s juicy king prawns you are looking for — Western Australia is the place to find them.
The state is also home to some of the top name restaurants such as Restaurant Amusé and Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth.
No less significant is the fact that the state is home to hundreds of wine, beer, whisky and cider producers scattered throughout its lush land.
Let the chef show the way
There is probably no better way to discover the best of Western Australia’s wining and dining scene
than with a chef as your guide.
And if you have always wanted to discover the foodie attractions there, join a Tourism Western Australia foodie tour package.
Chef Wan — a popular Malaysian celebrity chef — will personally lead these foodie tours. The accountant turned-chef is a household name in Asia, with some 12 cookbooks to his name and more on the way.
While he is best known for being Malaysia’s culinary ambassador, Chef Wan also knows Western Australia’s dining attractions like the back of his hand.
Over the years, the chef has visited Perth and other parts of Western Australia numerous times and is very familiar with the best places to wine and dine.
There are three 5D4N foodie tour packages to choose from: Perth and Swan Valley Gourmet Experience (Nov 15 to 19), Margaret River Gourmet Escape (Nov 19 to 23), and Margaret River Foodie Experience (Nov 23 to 27).
Together with the a able and witty Chef Wan, you will visit vineyards and breweries, explore Margaret River Farmers’ Market and go fruit picking, among other activities.
Down in the valley
Your Perth and Swan Valley foodie adventure with Chef Wan will start in Fremantle. The first stop is Cicerello’s, where you will savour what is arguably Australia’s best version of fish and chips.
A short walk away, the bustling Fremantle Market is where you will find the sheer variety of fresh local produce sourced from local growers, along with many indigenous and independent products.
You can go café hopping along the popular Cappuccino Strip, or enjoy a few cold beers at the different microbreweries located there.
Swan Valley will no doubt be the highlight of your experience. You will get to visit Western Australia’s oldest confectionery company, Whistler’s Chocolate Co, discover how nougat is made, and learn about the di erent types of cheeses at The Cheese Barrel.
Other attractions on the itinerary include Caversham Wildlife Park, lobster fishing town Cervantes, as well as the famous Pinnacles Desert that is known for its stunning limestone formations.
Eager to know how you can create an amazing dish with all the fresh local produce you have tasted?
Chef Wan will personally show you how to whip up a fantastic dish with his own recipe.
Welcome to wine country
To say that a foodie tour in the Margaret River Wine Region is a must is an understatement.
The Margaret River Wine Region houses more than 150 wine producers and 80 cellar doors. This is also where more than 25 per cent of Australia’s premium wine is produced.
Busselton is where you will get to walk on the longest timber piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Extending 1.8km across Geographe Bay, Busselton Jetty is one of the state’s cultural heritage treasures.
Besides fine wines, nougat is probably the next most popular export from Western Australia.
In the Margaret River Wine Region, you will have the chance to watch how nougat is crafted — and taste it.
A visit to the Cheeky Monkey Brewery & Cidery will give craft beer lovers the chance to learn how beers are brewed.
And after a premium chocolate buying spree at the Margaret River Chocolate Company, you will get to visit a three-generation-old winery and sample the wines it produces.
In between your tasting, dining and shopping, take time to enjoy some breathtaking views at the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse that overlooks the Indian Ocean.
Olive oil is one of the home-grown produce in Australia, even though few may be aware of it.
At Vasse Virgin Olive Oil, you will get to see how olive oil and soaps are produced.
You will also get the chance to pick fruits and pet cute farm animals at the Wonky Windmill Farm & Eco Park.
In addition, Day 1 of the Margaret River Foodie Experience tour coincides with the Margaret River Gourmet Escape tour, so there will be an opportunity to attend one of these events: Sundown Soiree, Feast in the Forest Dinner, and Gourmet Beach BBQ Dinner.
If you want to explore the Gourmet Village and other attractions during the Margaret River Gourmet Escape tour, there are free and easy packages you can opt for.
Prices for the foodie tour packages start from $1,488 (excluding taxes) and are available at Chan Brothers Travel, Dynasty Travel, Euro-Asia Holidays, Farmosa Holiday Tour, Jetabout Holidays, Misa Travel, Pricebreaker, Scenic Travel, Sino-America Tours and Flight Centre