Monday, 13 November 2017

On the back of last year’s win, Mandurah’s signature annual event, the Channel 7 Mandurah Crab Fest presented by LiveLighter, has once again taken out Gold at 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, has been awarded the top prize in the Major Festivals and Events category.

The awards were announced at a gala dinner at Crown Perth on Saturday evening.

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.

The 2017 event will now shape up amongst national contenders at the 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards held in Perth next February.

Mayor Rhys Williams said he was extremely proud of the Mandurah Crab Fest for once again being recognised as one of the state’s best events.

“It’s great to see that the Mandurah Crab Fest, that we know and love, has once again been recognised as one of the state’s best events,” he said.

“Crab Fest showcases what we all know, that Mandurah is such a special place with plenty on offer.

“So much hard work goes into making this event a huge success every year and it’s important that we recognise the support and contributions of our local community, volunteers, sponsors and businesses who all play a massive part in the event’s triumphs so this win is something we can all be proud of.”

The win comes on the back of last year’s Gold win at the state awards and Bronze award at the national level as part of the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards (held earlier this year) against a field of strong contenders, with the Australian Grand Prix claiming Silver and Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers taking home the Gold.

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 over 100 hours of free entertainment, including local and international acts across four stages, celebrities, unique dining experiences, waterway activations, a spectacular fireworks display 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 crowd-pleaser.

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