Your Margaret River Region in Western Australia has cemented its position as Australia’s top food and wine destination, last night taking out the ‘Outstanding Region in Australia – Readers’ Choice’ category in the 2016 delicious. Produce Awards for the second year running.
Your Margaret River Region Tourism Services Manager Matt Norton was delighted to accept the accolade on behalf of the region in front of a packed house of VIP’s, held at Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel.
The delicious. Produce Awards highlight independent producers from over 3,000 entries, thanks to the dedication of readers who nominate their local heroes, and the insight of its panel of renowned national chef judges including Maggie Beer, Peter Gilmore and Matt Moran, (pictured above with Kerrie McCallum, Editor in Chief of delicious. magazine, and Margaret River Tourism Services Manager Matt Norton).
According to the delicious. team, the competition for the accolade was fierce with over 80 regions nominated, resulting in a close race between Margaret River, Barossa Valley, Hunter Valley and the Yarra Valley.
Providing the winning edge was “the region’s outstanding wine and food experiences, combined with its breathtaking natural beauty, with the region continuing to be the shining light for food tourism in Oz.”
CEO of the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association Pip Close was delighted the region had been recognised for the second year running, and attributed the win to the exceptional talent in the region, made up of gourmet producers, growers, wine makers, brewers and chefs.
“We are ecstatic to receive Australia’s most Outstanding Region –Readers’ Choice award. The Margaret River region really is home to some of this country’s most outstanding food and wine experiences so it’s wonderful to see the region celebrated in this way for the second time,” said Ms Close.
“Now in it’s 5th year, The Margaret River Gourmet Escape presented by Audi has certainly helped to elevate our profile as a food and wine destination unlike any other, and we look forward to welcoming the world’s culinary superstars into the region again in November, for the biggest Margaret River Gourmet Escape yet.’
“Your Margaret River Region continues to amaze with it’s thriving food and wine scene. We are very excited that access into the region will soon be made easier, with upgrades at the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport taking place to allow for flights from the east coast, and hopefully the recognition from awards such as these will inspire a new audience to travel and experience it for themselves.”
Ms Close also congratulated The Farm House Margaret River who were a finalist in the ‘From the paddock’ category.