Friday, 29 September 2017

On the back of last year’s win, Mandurah’s signature annual event, the Channel 7 Mandurah Crab Fest presented by LiveLighter, is once again a finalist in the 2017 Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards, hosted by the Tourism Council of WA.

The Mandurah Crab Fest, Western Australia’s biggest free regional event, is in the running for the top prize in the Major Festivals and Events category.

The awards will be announced at a gala dinner at Crown Perth on November 11.

This year marked the Crab Fest’s 19th year of delighting local, national and international visitors with an impressive program, with more than 120,000 people enjoying the 2017 event.

Crab Fest took out gold in the last awards. The event went on to claim Bronze in the Major Festivals and Events category at a national level as part of the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards against a field of strong contenders, with the Australian Grand Prix claiming Silver and Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers taking home the Gold.

Mayor Marina Vergone said she was extremely proud of the Mandurah Crab Fest for making it into finalist position once again.

“The Mandurah Crab Fest is embraced and loved by our local businesses, community and beyond, and this finalist status is something we can all be proud of,” she said.

“From the behind-the-scenes event preparations to all the hard work that went into the award submission process, our staff and community partners put their heart and soul into making this event a huge success.

“It has become so successful due to the support and contributions of our local community, volunteers, sponsors and businesses who all play a massive part in the event’s triumphs.

“The calibre of the Crab Fest has gone from strength to strength over the years and I’m happy to see it being recognised in this way. Congratulations to all involved and let’s see Mandurah come home with the top prize.”

Crab Fest is Mandurah’s signature annual tourism event, with an average yearly attendance of more than 100,000 local, intrastate, interstate and international visitors. Showcasing the best food and entertainment the Peel Region offers, this year the free, two-day festival included 56 hours of entertainment across five stages, giant sand sculptures, celebrities, unique dining experiences, waterway activations and Mandurah’s famous Blue Manna crabs. The festival is an integral part of the state and delivers economic and social benefits to local businesses and the community.

Preparations are now underway for the 2018 Mandurah Crab Fest and the 20th anniversary event is shaping up to be another show-stopper.

For more information about the 2017 Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards go to