The Gascoyne Food Festival is on again next month and I couldn’t think of a better excuse to get out of this cold Perth winter and chase the warmer sun up north. Well, that and the fact that its food festival right in the heart of one of our most abundant farming regions in Western Australia.
Last year’s event would have to be one of the best weekends I’ve been lucky enough to attend and I’m so chuffed to be heading back again to enjoy all the spoils that the region has to offer.
With events in Carnarvon, Dirk Hartog Island, Exmouth and Mount Augustus (not until September) the region goes off showcasing the incredible growers and farmers. Arguably home to the freshest seafood in Australia and the best of the best in fruit and veg, it’s safe to say that the food offerings at the Gascoyne Food Festival will be nothing short of an extravaganza.
Some of the top chefs that have been confirmed for the festival include
- Stuart Laws – Showcase Events
- Lucas Fernandez – Long Chim
- Dean Wood – Taylor St Quarters
- Nathan Thomas – Laundry 43
- Gurpreet Bagga – Sauma
- Jason Beste – Supper Road
- Melissa Palinkas – Young George
- Brendan Pang – Masterchef Australia
- Russell Blaikie – Must Winebar
- George Cooper – Food By The Chef
- Don Hancey – WA Food Ambassador
Here are a few of the event highlights on during the festival. If you have the chance to escape come and chase the sun with me! Hope to see you there. Purchase your tickets here.
Dirk Hartog Island:
Gourmet Island Escape: 5th- 10th or 8th-10th August
On Dirk’s Dinner Plate Long Table Lunch: 9th August
Join the team at Dirk Hartog Island during August 2018 for the Gourmet Island Escape, discovering the islands unique wilderness and the Gascoyne regions incredible fresh produce with Shark Bay prawns, scallops, snow crabs, whiting and pink snapper. Fresh fruit & veg is flown directly from Carnarvon to produce the freshest of taste for the freshest seafood in Australia, creating a true ocean to plate experience.
More information and bookings: http://www.dirkhartogisland.com
Taste of Gascoyne Sunset BBQ: 9th August
Chef Stuart Laws from Showcase Events WA in collaboration with the Gascoyne Food Council will be preparing a sunset BBQ that truly showcases the best produce the Gascoyne region has to offer. This family-friendly celebration will be held in a new location this year in the main street of Carnarvon, featuring Asado style Meedo goat and Meecham lamb, plus Kailis Cod, Mareterram prawns, local fruit and vegetables alongside some special dishes created by local community groups to represent their cultural background.
Long Table Lunch: 10th August
The Long Table Lunch starts at 12 pm and is set in the heart of the productive horticultural country on the Gascoyne River at Bentwaters Plantation. Hosted by the Gascoyne Food Council this lunch will be celebrating our local Gascoyne fare and farmers by showcasing their produce through a tapas style menu. Top WA chefs will be visiting the region and meeting the farmers before each cooking a dish to reflect their passion for the local produce to the guests.
Gascoyne Growers Market Saturday: 11th August
Come down and enjoy the vibrant and festive atmosphere of the Gascoyne Growers Markets on the Saturday morning from 8am to 11.30am. There will be tastings and cooking demonstrations from chefs, live entertainment and fresh fruit and vegetables to purchase whilst enjoying a fresh coffee and a Church Burger. Located at the Civic Centre Courtyard in Robinson Street, middle roundabout of the main street.
Sue Helmot Art Exhibition: 6 to 18 August, Carnarvon Library and Gallery
Sue Helmot is a local artist whose paintings embody a love of the Gascoyne landscape and a desire to capture its beauty. From the Source – A Landscape of Food takes you on a visual journey from Mount Augustus where during rainfall events water is shed and then begins to flow downstream in the Gascoyne River. Along the way, the rangelands are grazed by livestock. When it reaches Carnarvon it replenishes the aquifers where it is converted into fruit and vegetables on the Gascoyne Delta. The river then discharges into Shark Bay triggering the spawning of a variety of seafood. More information and tickets: www.carnarvon.org.au
Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort – Where the Outback Meets the Reef: 11th August
Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort’s event will start with drinks by the pool and delicious canapés. Guests will then enjoy dinner under the stars with a sit-down meal showcasing our local and regional produce including bush and natural spices, emu, kangaroo and our regional fresh seafood, paired with carefully selected wines.
More information and tickets: 08 9949 0000 and email@example.com
Froth Craft Beergustation – Range to Reef: 16th August
Head to the award-winning Froth Craft on August 16th for a Beergustation featuring the best local produce from the rangelands to the sea. The venue features a restaurant, micro-brewery and music with a kitchen serving up delicious food and bar pouring artisan craft beer brewed on-site.
More information: www.frothcraft.com
Australia’s Biggest BBQ at the Worlds Biggest Rock: – 8th September
Enjoy delicious outback beef, cooked on Australia’s biggest BBQ (made especially for this event) served with fresh local produce, in an extraordinary setting. Come take a close look at the rich palette of the Mt Augustus countryside with its massive ancient rock surrounded by a huge diversity of plants, animal and bird life. Toast the beauty of the heart of the Gascoyne, the brilliance of local expertise and the art of Mother Nature.
More information and tickets: www.mtaugustustouristpark.com/events.html
For full event and ticket information head here.