Gascoyne Food Festival 2019

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Festival Program


Taste of Gascoyne Sunset BBQ

When: Wednesday 7 August from 5.30pm
Where: Civic Centre Courtyard
Tickets on sale from the Carnarvon Visitor Centre: (08) 9941 1146 or online by entering the date of the event at the following link.

Join the Gascoyne Food Council and Carnarvon-born chef Stuart Laws as he hosts a sunset BBQ to showcase all the magnificent Gascoyne food produce in the family-friendly setting of the Carnarvon Civic Centre courtyard. As part of the Gascoyne Food Festival week-long events, this promises to be a suitable opening night showstopper, with South American-style BBQ goat and lamb from Mundillya Meats, Meedo Station, award-winning Mundillya Homestead as well as seafood and local fruit and vegetables. The local community have also come on board, creating special dishes representing Carnarvon’s diverse cultural background. So, expect dishes from around the world, created with ingredients from Carnarvon’s doorstep.

The Chefs Paddock Tour

Private event for visiting guest chefs
When: Thursday 8 August

Chefs know best – and this is never truer than when they’re choosing the pick of the crop for their own menus. This exclusive Chef’s Paddock Tour in Carnarvon’s food bowl is a great way for visiting chefs to kick off this year’s Gascoyne Food Festival, and be treated to some serious insider knowledge.

Long Table Lunch

When: Friday 9 August from 12 noon
Where: Bentwaters Plantation, North River Road
Tickets on sale from the Carnarvon Visitor Centre: (08) 9941 1146 or online by entering the date of the event at the following link.

Pull up a chair for one of the highlights of the Gascoyne Food Festival – and make friends into the bargain. The highly anticipated Long Table Lunch begins at noon on August 9 and will be a fantastic introduction for many to the kaleidoscope of ingredients produced in the Gascoyne region. Held on the banks of the mighty Gascoyne River at Bentwaters Plantation, guests can expect a long lunch for the ages set in the heart of this productive sub-tropical horticultural country. With dishes prepared by some of Perth’s top chefs putting Gascoyne ingredients in the spotlight in a tapas-style menu. Those ingredients will have been gathered after the chefs visit local growers and farmers, making this long table lunch one of the most location-specific – and freshest – you’re ever likely to enjoy.

Did you know? The Gascoyne River is known as an ephemeral river, flowing only after the rains fall further inland. Impressive, right? Maybe even consider a scenic flight over the town to check out where all the tastiest produce grows and check out the Gascoyne river from above with Coral Coast Helicopter Services.

Gascoyne Growers Market Saturday

When: Saturday 10 August 11, 8 to 11.30am
Where: Civic Centre Courtyard, Robinson Street.
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Get amongst it at the regular seasonal growers’ market on Saturday August 11 from 8 to 11.30am. The atmosphere is festive, vibrant and inclusive; growers and producers are more than happy to share tastes of their fruit, veg, jams and sweet treats. Set to the backdrop of live entertainment from local performers, this is a perfect introduction to Carnarvon’s amazing array of produce. If that all leaves you in need of sustenance, pick up a coffee and a Church Burger – then continue doing the rounds and take home a taste of the Gascoyne.

Frontier of Food, Art exhibition by Sue Helmot

Launch: Thursday 8th August
When: Friday 9 – Friday 23 August
Where: Carnarvon Library and Gallery on Egan Street
Exhibition information available on the event Facebook page.

Carnarvon is something of an artistic hub for local creatives, and Sue Helmot is one of its leading figures. A painter who embodies a deep love and connection to the Gascoyne landscape, Sue partnered with the Gascoyne Food Council in 2018 as their first artist-in-residence, a role which led to her first solo exhibition later that year. This year, her exhibition – Frontier of Food – explores the contrasting landscapes of the Gascoyne and the people who derive a living from the land. The paintings display a landscape that’s raw, isolated and beautiful, something which is central to Sue’s desire to reflect the Gascoyne’s unique personality.
“In my paintings I like to emphasise the beauty in what others could easily overlook or not consciously notice until it’s captured in my work,” says Sue. “The Gascoyne has a wild energy that’s difficult to describe in words but readily expressed through my art.”

Did you know? The people who work the land in the Gascoyne figure large in Sue’s new exhibition, a tribute to their tenacity to grow top class ingredients in what others would consider to be an arid, inhospitable environment.

Dirk Hartog Island

Gourmet Island Escape

Dirk Hartog Island, Shark Bay
When: Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 August
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Announcement (3 July): WA Good Food Guide Directors Rob Broadfield and Georgia Moore have been confirmed to MC the ‘On Dirk’s Dinner Plate” long table luncheon. 

Think platters of Shark Bay prawns, plump scallops, juicy snow crabs, stiff fresh whiting and pink snapper. Think an island paradise off the Coral Coast, ready to welcome foodies and nature-lovers. Think you’d like to come along too? Well, get ready to experience one of Australia’s more remote gourmet experiences on Dirk Hartog Island this August. Discovered in 1616, the island is one of the Coral Coast’s largely undiscovered gems, and home to one of Australia’s premier eco-tourism destinations. With fresh fruit and vegetable flown in from nearby Carnarvon, visitors will feast on the freshest seafood and gourmet cuisine, produced by Russell Blaikie and George Cooper, some of the country’s leading chefs, in an authentic beachfront ocean to plate experience.

Why not . . . If you’ve got a taste for the island life, why not book a stay at the rustic Eco Lodge, right on the edge of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. The six-guest rooms and private villa blend simple elegance with a luxe twist, and of course giving those stunning ocean views a starring role.

Red Bluff:

Fiesta de Quobba 

When: Saturday 17 August
Where: Red Bluff on Quobba Station, 135km north of Carnarvon
Tickets on sale from the Carnarvon Visitor Centre: (08) 9941 1146 or by entering the date of the event at the following link.

Seems legit – why not pair the fiery cuisine of Spain with the sensational natural beach paradise of Red Bluff? It’s such a good idea, that Gascoyne Food Council head chef Stuart Laws created a brand-new event – Fiesta de Quobba. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Red Bluff’s beauty with a glass of sangria in your hand. Guests will feast on Shark Bay seafood paella or a fresh Carnarvon veggie alternative, salads and of course sangria till the sun goes down. There’s live entertainment to keep the fiesta going, and as far as unique events go, we think this one will be right up there in terms of unforgettable moments with brand new friends made on Red Bluff’s sand. Then after a night’s camping, you’ll be served breakfast (with sea spray in your hair as a free extra). Good vibes, Spanish fare and sand between your toes? Yup. We’re sold.


6 Course Craft Beergustation at Froth Craft

When: Saturday 17 August from 7pm
Where: 5 Kennedy Street, Exmouth
Event information available at:
Tickets on sale from the Carnarvon Visitor Centre: (08) 9941 1146 or by entering the date of the event at the following link.

If you love a cold one – in particular with a view – you’re in luck. The annual award winning 6 Course Craft Beergustation returns to Froth Craft Brewery in Exmouth.

The self-styled “North-west’s favourite new micro-brewery and live music venue” will offer up the winning combo of tasty toe tappin’ live music coupled with a gourmet degustation that boasts each delectable course to be paired with a craft beer specially brewed on-site. This year literally takes it to a new level, coined “Top shelf dining”, as the event takes place in their new second storey observation deck that gives views of Exmouth Gulf. French trained Head Chef Marie Fisher and British Columbian Head Brewer/Co-owner Tyler Little will personally present each course and will pull out all the stops to create an evening you, and your tastebuds, will never forget. Even if you can’t make it for the Beergustation, Exmouth’s award winning premiere micro-brewery/pub/live music venue located in the centre of town is well worth a visit; anything that has a menu with inspired gems like “Eryk The Viking’s Plank”, “That’ll Do Babe” and for dessert, “Are You Pie-Curious?” should definitely be on your must-do list.

Why not try . . . if you want a change from the craft beer menu but you don’t want to be a party pooper, try one of Froth Craft’s cocktails. We love the Beergharita – tequila, fruity ale, simple syrup and fresh lime.

Wooramel Riverside Retreat:

Fire and Froth 

Wooramel Riverside Retreat
When: Saturday 31 August
Where: Wooramel Riverside Retreat located 120km south of Carnarvon
Event information available at:
Tickets on sale from the Carnarvon Visitor Centre: (08) 9941 1146 or online by entering the date of the event at the following link.

The winning combination of fresh brews and BBQ coals is the genius inspiration behind a new event – Fire and Froth. Add to the mix the setting amongst the river gums of the Wooramel River, and you’re guaranteed a top night to talk about for the ages. The beer will be provided by those talented Froth Craft brewers from Exmouth, and they’ll bring the usual suspects along to make the party go. Expect examples of their craft such as Koa Kolsch, Little Phete Amber Ale, Nor’Esther Pale and the amusingly named You’re Driving IPA. Matching these microbrewery beauties will be a true-blue Aussie coal fired grill and Camp Oven menu providing authentic outback gourmet dishes designed to satisfy the heartiest appetite. Wooramel Riverside Retreat is the perfect spot to recover from all that excess, so why not stay an extra night or two? If you can drag yourself out of your bed early enough, the bore baths are the ideal pick-me-up solution to too much Kolsch.

Mount Augustus:

Australia’s Biggest BBQ at the World’s Biggest Rock 

Mt Augustus Tourist Park
When: Saturday 7 September
Where: Mt Augustus Tourist Park, located 450km east of Carnarvon
Event information available at:
Tickets on sale from Mt Augustus Tourist Park: (08) 9943 0527

Celebrate the best of the bush at one of WA’s most extraordinary settings. Mount Augustus – the world’s biggest monolith – is the backdrop for a BBQ of epic proportions. You’ll be served outback beef cooked on roaring open fire pits with locally-sourced vegetables on the side. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore this wild and unspoilt part of the world, a landscape that’s full of natural wonders, birds unique to the area, wildlife and flora unparalleled in its beauty. Chef Stuart Laws will be on the tongs and he’ll bring the best out of the ingredients at his disposal; think juicy, rare beef steaks, tender ribs and a mouth-watering dessert created especially for this event. You’ll be tucking in to all the BBQ goodies with fellow foodies and be informed and entertained by a line-up of guest speakers.

Did you know? Wildflowers being to appear around the Mt Augustus region during August and September. Look out for pops of purple Mulla Mulla in the Kennedy Ranges – the visitor centre has a handy wildflower guide to help you identify which flower is which.

Event partners

The Gascoyne Food Festival is proudly sponsored by the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Scheme, which is jointly funded by Royalties for Regions.


Friends of the Gascoyne Food Council – Festival Supporters:

              Carnarvon Community College                              

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