Food Festival in the Food Bowl of WA – the incredible Gascoyne region
We’re so lucky to be surrounded by great produce in and around our city, and if you’re one to wine and dine around Perth, chances are very high you’ve been served fresh produce grown in Carnarvon. From the creamy Sweeter Bananas, sustainably caught Shark Bay seafood, and mangoes found in your relish (or my personal fave, fresh), this is a place we need to celebrate and give support to the farmers for all that they bring to the table for us.
It’s very clear why the Gascoyne has the well-earned reputation of being the ‘Food Bowl of WA’, with a surprisingly diverse range of fruit and vegetables, lush tropical fruits, rangelands goat and beef plus seafood on offer. They’re endlessly creative too, making preserves, jams, ice creams and sauces from their produce. One thing’s for sure: you won’t go hungry during your stay.
August is one of the best times to visit the region, with food production at its peak and the warm weather a welcome break from chilly Perth. Plus, one of my favourite events for the year is back – the Gascoyne Food Festival. In fact, the Gascoyne Food Council and Carnarvon Visitor Centre recently launched the 2019 Gascoyne Food Festival, Fruit Loop Drive Trail and Carnarvon and Coral Bay Destination Guide – so many reasons to head north!
Focusing around the Gascoyne’s fresh and high-quality produce, the Gascoyne Food Festival runs over August and September to showcase the stunning region. Whether its sampling products from the plantations along the amazing Fruit Loop Drive Trail or attending an event during the such as the Taste of the Gascoyne Sunset BBQ, Long Table Lunch in Carnarvon or the Gascoyne Growers Market, this is a regional event like no other.
Along with the gorgeous location of sunny Carnarvon, some of Perth’s top chefs will be showcasing the Gascoyne ingredients with a sit-down lunch catering for over 300 people, just one of the many events I love and have been to annually. If you pride yourself on being a Perth foodie you would be cheering on the following line up set to showcase the north…
- Stuart Laws (Showcase Events WA)
- Melissa Palinkas (Young George)
- Chase Weber (The Standard)
- Leigh Nash (Dingo Hot Sauce Co.)
- Nic Wood (Santini Bar & Grill)
- Gord Kahle (Cook and Mason)
- Kyle Lyons (Otherside Brewing Co.)
- Scott Bridger (Bib & Tucker)
I’m making a return this August and I can’t wait. I am so excited to be attending a tour of the plantations, sampling a tapas-style menu at the Long Table Lunch and of course popping into the weekly Saturday Growers Market to get a delicious goat pie, coffee in hand to fill the stomach before a big day at the Carnarvon Races.
Stay in the know as there are many foodie events taking place all over the region in truly incredible locations including Shark Bay, Carnarvon, Exmouth, Mt Augustus and Wooramel Riverside Retreat.
Last year Carnarvon was given the top tourism award for a population under 5,000 so you can be sure there is plenty to do and see while you are up there. The Blowholes, Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum, Fruit Loop Drive Trail and the beautiful fascine are just a few things to see and do to fill in your day in and around the festival.
If you’re keen to see things from a different perspective, Coral Coast Helicopter Services offer a scenic flight over the town, which is an incredible way to up the ante and view the stunning sights from the best seat in town.
For more about the events coming to Carnarvon this August, visit www.carnarvon.org.au.