October 2015 Newsletter

What’s On – Late October & November

Busselton to Margaret River to Augusta

Spring is flying by and summer is just around the corner. For the grape growers in the region it has been a good start to the year with no damaging weather, livestock farmers have been loving the mild winter for grass and good cattle prices although now with a shortage of rain the grass is starting to slow.

This month – Our Featured businesses of the month are tying in with the cycling boom in the South West, a great way to see the region. We have a simple recipe to enjoy for Spring which is always a winner with chicken or ham and sneak peak of events happening late October and November.

Featured Businesses of the Month

DD_LogoBrochureHRDirty Detours is a small friendly mountain bike touring company, local to Margaret River. Being avid travellers and insatiable riders Rob and Tamara Oostdam take having fun very seriously, and showing you a good time is their profession.
Website: www.dirtydetours.com
Contact:  info@dirtydetours.com.

hairymarron2The Hairy Marron is a newly-opened business serving coffee down in the Old Settlement overlooking the Margaret River. They are also a trail centre for the surrounding walking and cycling tracks, so visitors can rent bikes and stock up on caffeine before the ride.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehairymarron
Phone: (08) 9757 2346.

Featured Recipe of the Month

This recipe made with Dijon mustard has a distinctive flavor compared to ordinary yellow mustard.

Marinate the chicken overnight to make it more flavorful.

This delicious and easy to make dish is a big plus for the kids and family on the go.


PERFECT PAIR: Baked Honey Mustard Chicken and 2014 Hay Shed Hill Vineyard Series Chardonnay

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken
Prep time: 8 mins
Cook time: 22 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Makes: 4-6 servings


1½ lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 4 medium)
salt and pepper to taste
3 Tbsp honey
5 Tbsp whole grain or Dijon mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees centigrade and spray a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Trim and blot chicken breasts dry with a paper towel to remove all moisture from the surface then season both sides lightly with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together honey, mustard and Worcestershire sauce until well blended. Spread glaze over the top of chicken and set aside until oven has preheated. You may also allow chicken to marinate in glaze for as long as overnight for increased flavor.
  4. Bake chicken 20 minutes then remove from oven and spoon sauce from pan back over chicken. Return to oven for an additional 2–6 minutes, depending upon thickness, until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Remove from oven and allow chicken to rest 5 minutes while glaze thickens. Spoon additional sauce from pan over chicken once again just before serving. Enjoy!

Cleaning Tip: For easier cleanup, line your baking dish with aluminum foil before spraying with oil.

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The Hay Shed Hill Vineyard Series showcase the character of the fruit grown on this classic vineyard site with distinctive and expressive wines. Old Vines Modern Wines. This wine showcases the strength of Margaret River for Chardonnay with a restrained, modern, elegantly structured wine from one of the great Margaret River vineyards.

A quick view on what’s in store for the Month of October

29Great White
29Growing Your Garden - Workshop
30Friday Cinema - The Visit
31Busselton Show
31Yallingup Steiner School Spring fair
31Halloween at Howling Wolves at Rivendell Estate

Upcoming Events for the Month of November

November Events
1Busselton Rotary Railway Markets
1Foreshore Markets
1 to 5Exhibition - Lost for Words - Andrew Frazer
1 to 31Christmas is Coming - Members Art Exhibition
3Melbourne Cup
5Gardens & Cafe - Fresh, Local & Organic Produce - Enjoy Time at the Farm
5Growing Your Garden - Workshop #2
5 to 8Tour of Margaret River
7Tour de Gracetown
7Vasse Markets
7Margaret River Farmers Market
7Saturday Morning Shed Sales
7OPEN HOUSE at Eagle Bay Brewing Co
7 to 8Act Belong Commit Augusta Adventure Fest
10Birds of a Feather Tap Take Over at Swings Taphouse & Kitchen
11Remembrance Day
12Gardens & Cafe - Fresh, Local & Organic Produce - Enjoy Time at the Farm
12Growing Your Garden - Workshop #3
12East vs West Fight Club at The Firestation
14Dunsborough Central Markets
14Busselton Community Garden Local Produce Market
14Margaret River Farmers Market
14Saturday Morning Shed Sales
14Margaret River Lions Club Garage Sale
14 to 15South West Petanque Championships
14 to 31Artists in Design
15Foreshore Markets
15Cowaramup Christmas Fair
17Busselton Senior High School Music Departmentís Young Guns
19Gardens & Cafe - Fresh, Local & Organic Produce - Enjoy Time at the Farm
20 to 22Margaret River Gourmet Escape
21Vasse Markets
21Margaret River Farmers Market
21Saturday Morning Shed Sales
21 to 22Cuvee Collaboration
28Busselton Community Garden Local Produce Market
28Margaret River Farmers Market
28Saturday Morning Shed Sales
28Margaret River Lions Club Garage Sale
29Trade Hire Busselton Motorfest

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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