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Festival Wows Crowds with World Class Views, Brews & Food

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

The Gascoyne Food Festival pulled out all the stops to deliver another sell-out line up of events to over 2000 guests across the region this year. 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 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 menu’s showcasing a smorgasbord of the finest food from the region, including seafood, fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and rangelands meats. 

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. 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, MC’d by much-loved TV personality Carmen Braidwood, served an 8 course shared-degustation prepared by a stellar group of Western Australian chefs, including Scott Bridger of Bib & Tucker, Melissa Palinkas of Young George and Chase Weber from the Standard. 

The team of 8 chefs, led by Stuart Laws of Showcase Events WA, 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 joined the celebrations in Carnarvon at the Long Table Lunch 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. 

Popular Perth Chef Scott Bridger was moved by his second visit to the region, “it was an amazing weekend 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. 

 “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 exposure to our industry for its hard work and create new opportunities. The Ministers announcement of 1.4 million investment into our industry is going to provide an absolutely incredible platform for us to continue to grow and thrive and we are very grateful,” said Gascoyne Food Council spokesperson Doriana Mangili.  

“This years 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 created some amazing outcomes in showcasing our region. Thank you to everyone who makes this all possible and to all our guests – we hope to see you again,” said Doriana. 

Gascoyne Food Hero

The Long Table Lunch in Carnarvon also provided the perfect opportunity to announce the Gascoyne 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. 

Follow the Gascoyne Food Council on social media to find out the dates for next years festival! 

Tickets on sale now for 2019 Gascoyne Food Festival!

Sunday, May 26th, 2019

Gourmet travellers being lured north by Food Festival and Fruit Loop Drive Trail 

Tickets & event information:

On Sunday May 26 the Gascoyne Food Council and Carnarvon Visitor Centre launched the Gascoyne Food Festival, Fruit Loop Drive Trail and Carnarvon and Coral Bay Destination Guide to an audience of around 80 industry and media invitees at The Sunshine Harvester Works in Fremantle. The initiatives targeting the state’s 400,000 annual gourmet travellers to hit the road and sample some delicious northern delights. 

Championing top quality produce from the region, the event showcased the Gascoyne’s fresh produce, rangelands goat and Shark Bay seafood with special creations such as Homestead Hampers famous goat pies and Brendan Pang’s Bumpling’s dumplings. There was also a selection of handmade condiments and dried fruits from Carnarvon’s many farm shops available for sampling. 

“The launch was a great opportunity for us to show people in Perth what they can enjoy from the Gascoyne region. Whether it’s supporting local restaurants as part of Buy West Eat Best’s Plating Up WA program, sampling products along our amazing Fruit Loop Drive Trail, or attending an event during the Gascoyne Food Festival, there is something for everyone to enjoy in our sunny town,” says Stephanie Leca, Carnarvon’s Visitor Centre Coordinator. 

MC for the evening, RedFM’s Alana McLean announced that the Gascoyne Food Festival will host its largest line-up yet of events across the region throughout August and September. Locations including Dirk Hartog Island, Exmouth, Mount Augustus and Carnarvon, with new events lined up to give a real taste of the outback at Wooramel River Retreat and Quobba Station. 

Spokesperson for the Gascoyne Food Council, Doriana Mangili said that tickets are expected to sell fast for festival events.  

“This year even more visitors will have the opportunity to sample our beautiful produce, incredible seafood and beef, lamb and goat as well as explore unique tourist attractions.  With landscapes as diverse as the oasis of plantations in Carnarvon, the mighty Gascoyne River, the Ningaloo reef, working Pastoral Stations, the incredible Mount Augustus (the biggest Rock in the world), country race meetings and Western Australia’s most remote surf beach, Gascoyne is the perfect destination,” she said. 

Chef Stuart Laws and partner Phoebe Pun will once again be integral to the festivals’ success through their business, Showcase Events WA.

“We are very proud to be coming back to the region for the third year in a row to continue to develop the festival program and offer something exciting to visitors,” Stuart said. 

“This year we are focusing on bringing great chefs to learn about the region and create amazing dishes that completely honour the quality ingredients that the Gascoyne offers. The event is as much about education as it is about having fun in the sun,” said Stuart. 

The Sunshine Harvester Works: 

The Sunshine Harvester Works is a food and retail incubator on the corner of James and Beach St in Fremantle. Sunshine is focussed on providing a platform for small businesses to grow and ultimately succeed in a very tough industry. In collaboration with the Mantle, Sunshine will look to be an everyday destination for families, food enthusiasts and locals who can experience the labour of peoples passions.

Gascoyne Pastoralists Welcome Dog Fence Investment

Friday, April 5th, 2019

State Government Approves $986,000 for much-needed exclusion fencing. 

The Gascoyne Region’s $30 million pastoral industry is celebrating a win following a submission to government seeking support for a Carnarvon Rangelends Barrier Fence (CRBF) – a fenced area to protect approximately 805,000 ha of grazing land from wild dogs. 

The application for the grant was approved as part of the co-funded McGowan Government’s Wild Dog program with the pastoralists inside the cell. It follows investment in three other cell fences across the Murchison and Goldfields as part of the Rangelands Cell Fencing Program, co-funded by the State and Federal governments.

The program supports pastoralists in the rangelands to build cell fences to protect sheep and goats, with successful applicants required to contribute a minimum of half the cost of fence construction and undertake ongoing fence maintenance and wild dog control within the cell.

The aim of the project is to return stations within the CRBF to being sustainable small stock enterprises, with capacity to restock around 70,000 sheep and goats. The cell will also contribute towards drought proofing pastoral properties, provide future employment opportunities and reduce personal and social stress while having a positive environmental impact. 

The Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food, Alannah MacTiernan, widely consulted industry prior to signing off on the cell fencing bid. 

According to the official statement the Minister says “Prolonged predation by wild dogs has affected the confidence to restock or invest to grow pastoral businesses and strengthen the pastoral industry across the rangelands.

“Pastoralists in the West Gascoyne are some of the last remaining sheep producers in the rangelands of Western Australia. Completion of the cell fence will allow these producers to rebuild their flocks and create more economic activity in the region.

“Pastoralists inside the Carnarvon Rangelands Barrier Fence estimate this will take livestock production from around 20,000 head up to 70,000 head of sheep, or equivalent mix with cattle and goats.

“These trial cell fencing projects are part of a strategic approach by the McGowan Government in partnership with industry to help small-stock growers deal with wild dog predation.”

Gascoyne Food Council representative and goat farmer Chris Higham said that industry is extremely pleased with the outcome, which will ensure that fence construction, as well as grading, surveying, clearing and labour will be adequately funded. 

“The Minister has shown amazing vision in supporting industry on this issue. The contribution is very meaningful and will greatly improve outcomes for pastoralists, from an animal welfare and a financial point of view,” said Chris.

According to the DPIRD website, stock losses from wild dogs in the rangelands of Western Australia alone are estimated at $25 million per annum and tend to predate on smaller stock such as lambs and goats. The CRBF will open up opportunities, including allowing pastoralists to graze sheep once again, an industry that was decimated by stock losses to the point that is has not been viable to continue. 

To date, control of wild dogs has been the remit of the land holder, however with the impact continuing to escalate, there has been broad recognition of the need for greater coordination and a revision of the State’s plan for wild dog management. A move towards cell fencing, which involves building fencing built around neighboring properties, allows easier removal of dogs and can prevent them from reentering. 

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