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Festival Wows Crowds with World Class Views, Brews & Food

From gourmet dining experiences in Carnarvon, Dirk Hartog Island, Exmouth and Mount Augustus, to new events at Wooramel River Retreat and Quobba Station, Western Australian chefs are cooking up the best of local produce through August and September. 

Sell out launch events in Carnarvon last week hosted media, industry, government and tourists and included the Taste of the Gascoyne Sunset BBQ for 260 guests and the iconic Long Table Lunch along the banks of the Gascoyne River for 280 guests. Dirk Hartog Island also welcomed a sell-out crowd to its once-in-a-lifetime Gourmet Island Escape experience. The menus showcasing a smorgasbord of the finest food from the region, including seafood, fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and rangelands meats. 

Carnarvon Events
The Taste of the Gascoyne Sunset BBQ kicked off the culinary events in Carnarvon, with guests enjoying an Asado-style BBQ featuring rangelands goat and lamb as well as local fish and prawns alongside amazing fresh Gascoyne salads and premium Sweeter Bananas for dessert. Local business Borich & Sons also got behind the event serving up a family recipe for breskvich peaches. 

The highly anticipated Long Table Lunch at Bentwaters Plantation, emceed by much-loved TV personality Carmen Braidwood, served an 8-course shared-degustation prepared by a stellar group of Western Australian chefs, led by Stuart Laws of Showcase Events WA (see full list of chefs below). 

The team of 8 chefs prepped mouthwatering dishes including buttermilk Kailis Spanish Mackerel, BBQ Sea Harvest king prawns, Harvey Beef and a huge array of local fruits and vegetables. An arguable favourite was the dessert prepared by Chef Chase Weber called “Comfortable in our Skins”, including Sweeter Bananas, banana skins, Nguyen passionfruit and burnt honey.

Minister Alannah MacTiernan 
Minister Alannah MacTiernan joined the Carnarvon celebrations and in her speech made the welcome announcement of a $1.4 million investment into the Carnarvon Research Centre to support new programs and upgrades for a sustainable, profitable and diverse industry in the Gascoyne.

“Horticulture is absolutely central to Carnarvon’s economy and identity, and our investment alongside fantastic events like the Gascoyne Food Festival - will help this sector grow and prosper,” said the Minister.

Gascoyne Food Statements 
Popular Perth Chef Scott Bridger of Bib & Tucker was moved by his second visit to the region, “it was an amazing few days cooking with a bunch of legends for the annual Long Table Lunch, and inspiring to meet the producers that work so hard to bring the amazing Carnarvon produce to Perth,” said Scott. 

Gascoyne Food Council Spokesperson Doriana Mangili said, “we can’t understate the impact of this annual festival to our region. In welcoming the broad range of guests from media, government, chefs, tourists and other business people, we provide invaluable exposure to our industry for its hard work and create new opportunities."

"Along with the support we already receive from Buy West Eat Best, the Minister's announcement of 1.4 million investment into our industry is going to provide an incredible platform for us to continue to grow and thrive and we are very grateful," said Doriana. 

“This year's festival is once again the result of an exceptional amount of effort by all involved. The Carnarvon Visitor Centre has become more integral to the planning and delivery of the events which has already created some amazing outcomes in showcasing our region. And of course an especially big thanks to our guests! If you are still keen to go to an event, there are a few remaining tickets - but be quick,” Doriana said.

Gascoyne Food Hero 2019
The sold out Long Table Lunch in Carnarvon provided the perfect opportunity to announce the Gascoyne Food Hero Award, presented to Farmer Jacks Supermarket’s Founder and Owner, Fred Fairthorne. Fred was honoured for his ongoing commitment to the supporting Gascoyne food through investment, support and advice and through his supermarkets.

The Gascoyne Food Council created the award to recognise its recipients for their incredible commitment and dedication to the region, that has led to better opportunities for the food industry and boosted the profile of the Gascoyne.

More Information: 
Tickets & event information: 

Participating chefs: 

  1. Stuart Laws (Showcase Events WA)
  2. Melissa Palinkas (Young George)
  3. Chase Weber (The Standard) 
  4. Leigh Nash (Dingo Sauce Co.)
  5. Nic Wood (Santini Bar & Grill)
  6. Gord Kahle (Cook and Mason)
  7. Scott Bridger (Bib & Tucker)
  8. Kyle Lyons (Otherwise Brewing Co.)
  9. Rohan Park (Event Support)
  10. George Cooper (Tiller Dining)
  11. Russell Blaikie (must Winebar)
  12. Marie Fisher (Froth Craft Brewery)
  13. Tyler Little (Froth Craft Brewery)

Media Contacts:
Stephanie Leca
Visitor Centre Coordinator
Carnarvon Visitor Centre - Shire of Carnarvon
Email. [email protected]
Telephone: (08)9941 1146 I Ext 2 – Tourism & Marketing
Mobile: 0438 128 242

Dixie Battersby 
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 0413 382 201