It’s a testament to the mouth-watering offerings in this weekend’s Harvest: Celebrating the Swan Valley festival that events are selling out fast. The good news is there’s still plenty to sink your teeth into — while enjoying the year-round recreational and hospitality offerings of this stunning region. Not to mention its natural beauty as a destination. Here are just three highlights.
Morish Nuts Masterclass
Morish Nuts is an institution. Now you can enjoy a close encounter of the nutty kind (in a good way) by first observing and then learning the art and craft of caramel coating a variety of nuts which might include peanuts, cashews, almonds and/or macadamias. The masterclass involves packaging your creations to take home, while a brief history of Morish Nuts and an explanation of the sourcing process (which ensures the best of local and Australian ingredients are used) provides the icing on the confectionery.
When: Saturday, February 27, 11.15am-1.30.pm
Where: Morish Nuts, 640 Great Northern Hwy, Herne Hill
How much: $48 per person
Sunset at Belvoir’s Rustic Barn
Much favoured as a wedding venue owing to its picturesque historic and rustic qualities, the 1830s barn and shearing shed for the Belvoir Homestead is a WA classic. And perhaps there are few more lovely ways to watch the sun go down in company than to enjoy local produce and wines as you’re serenaded by musicians. The ticket price includes a generous individual grazing plate per person showcasing the best local produce, complimentary glass of local red or white wine, chef’s dessert special and live entertainment amid the ambience of Belvoir Homestead’s charming old barn.
When: Saturday February 27, 5-11pm
Where: Belvoir Rustic Barn, 1177 Great Northern Hwy, Upper Swan
How much: $80 per person
Upper Reach Vintage Tour
This is a feast for all the senses. Kick off your Sunday morning with an a la carte breakfast (from 9am) with vineyard views before, at 10am, embarking on an Upper Reach Winery tour. Along the way you’ll have an opportunity to taste the grapes at various stages along their journey from vine to wine, including freshly juiced, fermented and the final product. The perfect introduction to the world of winemaking.
When: Sunday, February 28, 10-11.30am (breakfast from 9am)
Where: Upper Reach Winery, 77 Memorial Ave, Baskerville
How much: $65 per person