The Gascoyne Food Festival 2020 is back on again.
The region’s produce takes centre stage in the much-anticipated follow-up to last year’s resoundingly successful Gascoyne Food Festival. Running from August to September, the event will see a stunning collection of destinations hosting unforgettable events from Exmouth, Dirk Hartog Island, Mount Augustus and Carnarvon with other new locations to be announced soon. This is a must-do event on any foodie’s itinerary.
CANAPES ON THE GASCOYNE
Friday 7 August | 5.30pm to 10pm | Bentwaters Plantation, Carnarvon
Canape evening set in the heart of the lush, sub-tropical horticultural country of Bentwaters Plantation, on the Gascoyne River. Enjoy a gourmet ten-canape menu by chef Sophie Budd and Paul Iskov. Sophie has worked for both Jamie Oliver and Rick Stein and cooked alongside Gennaro Contaldo, and Antonio Carluccio. Passionate about the region and its fine produce, Sophie is back to create a series of gourmet canapes. Paul Iskov established Fervor, which harnesses locally sourced native products and showcases them in unique locations, like the Gascoyne. Paul will portray his love and passion for the land and sea, as he features Shark Bay seafood on the menu. The evening will be complete by live entertainment and the finest beverages from the South West and Gascoyne region.
FESTA DELLA DONNA
Saturday 15 August | 11am to 5pm | Yacht Club, Carnarvon
Festa Della Donna, a canape luncheon in the winter sun, with ocean views from the Yacht Club. This event is dedicated to celebrating the lifestyle of Carnarvon, and an opportunity to frock up and have a great time while enjoying our incredible Gascoyne food. Prepare the best frock you have got and take the opportunity to strut the runway with an opportunity to win some incredible local prizes. Canapes will be created by local chef Valeria Lucchitto, original from Italy with a background working as gourmet chef in Italy and Australia. Valeria has been a guest chef for the premier event, the Long Table Lunch as part of the Gascoyne Food Festival. Pairing incredible food, vino, fashion, and entertainment, we are set for an incredible day out in Carnarvon.
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LONG TABLE LUNCH
Friday 11 September | 12pm to 4pm | Bentwaters Plantation, Carnarvon
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 September 11 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. Chef announcement coming soon.
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Saturday 12 September | 12pm to 8pm | Race Club, Carnarvon
All the glamour and excitement of watching horse racing comes to life at the Carnarvon Race Club. Don’t miss the premier Carnarvon Cup, a real high point in the season, as well as WA Fashions on the Field where WA’s finest strut their stuff. More information coming soon.
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ISLAND LIFE FESTIVAL
Thursday 17 – Monday 21 September | Dirk Hartog Island, Shark Bay
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. Well, get ready to experience one of Australia’s more remote gourmet experiences on Dirk Hartog Island this September. 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.
Book a stay at the rustic Dirk Hartog Island Lodge, right on the edge of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area and visit their website for more information on island accommodation.
The festival is supported by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia’s Regional Events Program and the Gascoyne Development Commission.