Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Thousands of people flocked to Mandurah over the weekend for the 21st annual Channel 7 Mandurah Crab Fest.
Crab Fest is WA’s biggest free regional community event, showcasing two days of amazing food and entertainment while celebrating the iconic Blue Manna Crab.
This year the event stretched from the top of Mandurah Terrace along the Foreshore across to Mandjar Square and even out on the estuary with boaties enjoying the view from the water.
Locals and visitors soaked up hours of free family entertainment, live music and plenty of seafood while mingling with Channel 7 celebrities including Andrew O’Keefe from The Chase Australia, Lynne McGranger from Home and Away and WA contestants from My Kitchen Rules.
Celebrity Chef Ben O’Donoghue cooked up a storm on the Coles Buy West Eat Best Cooking Stage and ARIA award winner Josh Pyke and chart topper Montaigne wowed the crowd as this year’s headline acts.
City of Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams said it’s been another amazing Channel 7 Crab Fest weekend, showcasing our beautiful City and great community spirit.
“Thank you to everyone who helped make the weekend a success, the weather was perfect and there were so many happy people enjoying delicious food and the non-stop live entertainment and party atmosphere.
“Crab Fest is an integral part of WA’s annual event calendar, delivering economic benefits to our local community.
“Thank you also to our local businesses, stall holders, entertainers, volunteers, sponsors, staff, Police and emergency services for making this event possible,” Mr Williams said.
Once again Mandurah artist Emma Blyth provided the official Crab Fest artwork, which raised $4,200.
“I am so excited to announce that we raised $4,200 for this year’s Mandurah Crab Fest original painting,” Emma Blyth said.
“All proceeds go to Mandurah Primary School for uniforms, stationery, excursions and school activities that some families may not be able to fund themselves.
"Allister and Amanda are local business owners of Aluminium Plus WA and were so happy to get the final winning bid in and for the funds to be helping local students.
"We have now raised more than $22,000 over the years for charities and community groups through the Crab Fest artworks.
“I have held a few workshops with the kids at Mandurah Primary School and it is an awesome experience to be able to donate locally and to see firsthand how it helps at the school,” Emma said.
The Channel 7 Mandurah Crab Fest is supported by Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program.