Foodies delight at Mandurah Crab Fest

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Channel 7 Mandurah Crab Fest presented by LiveLighter has a long history of offering unique food experiences for all ages and tastes, and this year's event, just days away, will be no different.

Crab Fest showcases plenty of delicious seafood-inspired dishes and local produce over the weekend. There will be a variety of gourmet and continental food stalls displaying a huge choice of taste temptations including a selection of the region's renowned produce.

This year the Harvey Norman Cooking Stage will feature tips and demonstrations from a host of WA Channel 7 and Nova 93.7 celebrities, My Kitchen Rules contestants, international chefs and Mayor Rhys Williams.

Mandurah's iconic Blue Manna Crab is an important part of the festival and, once again, fresh cooked crabs will be available all weekend within the 'Fish Pot', a new dedicated fresh seafood area featuring an authentic Crab Boil, fresh crab sales and seafood demonstrations with Don Hancey, WA Food Ambassador.

Two new ticketed events are also on the menu, A Taste of Aboriginal Culture and Crab Fest Wild Seafood Cruise to show off the beautiful city and fresh produce from the water.

Last year, Crab Fest launched its first cook book, The Fish Trap, to celebrate the local food culture and keep the festival's food focus alive after Mandurah's biggest weekend. The cookbook will be
available to buy at the event for $20 with part proceeds donated to the local Foodbank.

The Fish Trap includes a wide selection of delicious recipes from local and celebrity chefs including Anna Gare, Rick Stein, 2016 Masterchef runner-up Matt Sinclair, Stephanie Alexander, Flic's Kitchen, Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant, Warung Ade Indonesian Restaurant and more. There's also a step-by-step guide on how to prepare Blue Manna Crabs for cooking. The book features iconic artwork from local artist Emma Blyth and beautiful photography to really tempt the tastebuds.

Mayor Rhys Williams said the Peel Region has so much to offer including fresh produce that will be on show at the Mandurah Crab Fest on March 17 and 18.

“The Mandurah Crab Fest provides a great opportunity for locals and visitors to experience delicious seafood and fresh produce from across our region,” he said.

“Crab Fest really has something for everyone, so come along and join in the fun of Western Australia's biggest free regional event.”

This year marks the Mandurah Crab Fest's 20th year of delighting local, national and international visitors, with more than 100,000 people enjoying last year's event.

This free, award-winning two-day festival includes more than 100 hours of free entertainment, including local and international acts across four stages, celebrities, unique food experiences, waterway activations, live music, a spectacular anniversary-edition fireworks display and Mandurah's famous Blue Manna crabs… plus a few surprises!

The Mandurah Crab Fest is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, made possible by Royalties for Regions. The festival is also proudly sponsored by Healthway promoting the LiveLighter message.

For details on Western Australia's largest free regional event, visit www.crabfest.com.au.