The Channel 7 Mandurah Crab Fest is WA's biggest free regional festival, showcasing two days of amazing food, entertainment and activities while celebrating local produce from around the Peel region. There will be a huge range of experiences for all to enjoy on 14 and 15 March.
Internationally renowned chef, restauranteur and television presenter Pete Evans will join the Crab Fest experience as this year's culinary ambassador. Evans has been co-host and judge of My Kitchen Rules for 11 seasons. Evans, also an entrepreneur, author, and documentary producer, has a passion for food and a healthy lifestyle which inspires individuals and families around the world.
The award-winning festival celebrates Mandurah's iconic Blue Manna Crab, and if you are a seafood lover you won't be disappointed. A delicious range of unique food experiences will be on offer, including fresh and cooked crabs, crab inspired dishes and mouth-watering seafood. If seafood doesn't 'float your boat' then don't despair, this foodies paradise will serve up a diverse range of fresh and authentic dishes designed to be enjoyed in true Mandurah fashion - alfresco style.
A highlight of the festival is Seared and Smoked, that will be held on Friday 13 March. Be part of the theatrical cooking action as the chefs whip up a delicious menu in front of guests, including Crab Fest culinary ambassador Pete Evans who will be sharing in the experience. The menu will be a mix of WA and locally sourced produce and is set to include crab tacos, Don Hancey's famous chilli mussels, grilled and smoked Mandurah mullet, whole hog on a spit, smoked brisket and grilled local vegetables.
Other highlights of the weekend festival include:
- a dedicated cooking stage hosted by WA's Food Ambassador, Chef Don Hancey, with Pete Evans, local chefs and TV personalities providing live cooking demonstrations and tastings across the weekend.
- The Crab Fest music stage will again be home to a number of amazing acts featuring high profile bands and local musicians headlined by home-grown Australian band, Jebediah.
- A Saturday evening sundowner will precede a spectacular fireworks display over the stunning Mandurah waterways and a fully dedicated children's area will be home to a number of free and exciting children's activities and entertainment.
Each year, Crab Fest attracts more than 100,000 local, national and international visitors to the city, all keen to get a taste of what Mandurah has to offer.