Life in the regions can be vibrant and interesting and Bunbury, Western Australia’s third largest regional city has a lot to offer.

The Travel section of the West Australian Newspaper recently published an article about the diverse attractions and numerous things to do in Bunbury, while regional food and wine were at their best in Bunbury courtesy of the Crush Food & Wine Festival.

It was a day of discovery. A day of tasting world class wines and learning about wine at free seminars – at a cost of just $20 entrance … which included a tasting glass and generous quantities of complimentary wine, as well as beer. Plenty of eats and treats were on offer, there was a super-cool VIP tent, as well as live music and jollity as people discovered new wines and flagship local breweries, watched cooking demonstrations, tried various olive oils and dips, and learnt about the wines of upcoming Geographe estates.

I enjoyed re-visiting old favourites such as Capel Vale’s white wines, and became smitten by the Bonking Frog reds – as well as their innovative and quirky label, above.

This year the Festival featured great new local food, about 40 of the best Geographe wines, regional beers from local boutique breweries, plus tourism and general products on show and to buy. If you missed it this year, flag it in your diary for 2011 – and my advice, book a taxi to take you home 🙂

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