Gascoyne Food Festival is back!

The Gascoyne Food Festival will once again be delighting visitors to the Gascoyne region with events planned throughout August and September as Western Australians embrace the call from the Premier to Wander out Yonder.

With thousands of Western Australians looking for a Western Australian holiday destination the opportunity for the Gascoyne to attract many first time visitors to the region with the promise of incredible food in breathtaking locations.

The Gascoyne Food Council has reversed the decision made in March to cancel the event, with Tourism WA, the Gascoyne Development Commission and the Shire of Carnarvon reinstating funding to ensure that the events go ahead.

The region’s finest produce will once again be showcased, with Gascoyne Food Festival launching the event program with a Canapes on the Gascoyne, to be held at Bentwaters Plantation on Friday 7 August.

Chef Sophie Budd and Paul Iskov from Fervor are returning to the region to be part of the Canapes on the Gascoyne.

“We are both very excited to be coming back to the region, the Gascoyne Food Festival is a premier event in the WA culinary event calendar, so it’s great to be back in Carnarvon, using the regions finest produce to create a series of canapes to launch the festival program”, said Sophie.

Chairman for the Gascoyne Food Council, Paul Kelly said that the organisation is thrilled to see the line-up of events taking place across the region.

“It’s been a busy few months but we have hit the ground running, and in 2020 taken the opportunity to launch new events into the calendar. Western Australians seeking winter sunshine combined with incredible landscapes and some of the best food on the planet will be amazed at everything the Gascoyne offers and we look forward to welcoming many new visitors to our region.”

Events will take place across the region, commencing in Carnarvon and then leading to satellite events across the region including Exmouth, Dirk Hartog, and Mount Augustus. The Iconic Carnarvon Long Table Lunch held in Carnarvon at Bentwaters Plantation will return on Friday 11 September.

The full event program is set to be announced on Gascoyne Food social media in the coming weeks.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

Minister Alannah MacTiernan announced the return of the Gascoyne Food Festival in Carnarvon on Friday 17 July. Regional Development Minister, Alannah MacTiernan said the Gascoyne Food Festival has been a highlight on the region’s event calendar for a decade, showcasing the wonderful local cuisine and culture – and it is fantastic to see the event back on in 2020”.

“Supporting unique events that attract visitors to WA’s regions is a key focus of the State Government, now more than ever as we head down the road to recovery”, said Minister MacTiernan.

Acting Tourism Minister Simone McGurk:

Acting Tourism Minister, Simone McGurk said the reinstatement of yet another regional tourism event just highlights how important the McGowan Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has been.

“Culinary tourism is growing in importance for Western Australia, and the Gascoyne Food Festival is a great opportunity to show off the best of the region’s produce”, said Minister McGurk.

The Gascoyne Food Festival is supported by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia’s Regional Events Program and the Gascoyne Development Commission.

Find out more about the 2020 Gascoyne Food Festival here.

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