Carnarvon Visitor Centre

Gascoyne Food Festival

6 - 19 August

Gascoyne Food Festival

The 2017 Gascoyne Food Festival is back this August, 6 – 19 August.  The Gascoyne Food Festival celebrates the abundance of locally produced fruits, vegetables, beef and seafood, and the rich history and significance of the horticultural, pastoral and seafood industries within the Gascoyne region. The Gascoyne is set to welcome back Western Australia’s top chefs in August for its much anticipated annual food festival. Events will be held across the region including Dirk Hartog Island, Exmouth, Mount Augustus and Carnarvon, showcasing amazing meat, seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables and indigenous ingredients. The festival attracts locals and tourists alike, food lovers from near and far-flung places seeking out a unique culinary experience. 

The team of top chefs will be brought together by WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey from Panorama Catering. The group will experience the region up-close and personal with visits to local growers and producers on the Chef’s Tour before creating their dishes for guests. 

Chefs joining the tour this year include:
Amy Hamilton – Liberte
George Cooper – Food by the Chef
Stuart Laws – Don Tapa
Matt Nebel – Hamptons City Beach
Danny Sanchez – The Flour Factory
Caroline Taylor – The Humane Foodist
Sophie Budd – Taste Budds Cooking Studio
Paul Iskov – FERVOR
Jerome Durham – Heyder & Shears

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Carnarvon Events 

BBQ on the Beach 

  • Thursday 10 August 
  • Yacht Club, West Street 
  • 5.30pm 

The BBQ on the Beach returns at the Carnarvon Yacht Club on Thursday 10th from 5.30pm. Visitors can enjoy a twilight beachside BBQ of local Gascoyne produce cooked by WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey and his team of chefs from Panorama Catering. With a licensed bar and live music it is sure to be an evening to remember!

Tickets for this event are $45 Adult and $15 children up to the age of 10. BOOK TICKETS 

Long Table Lunch 

  • Friday 11 August 
  • Bentwaters Plantation, North River Road 
  • 12pm to 4pm 

The Long Table Lunch starts at 12 pm and is set in the heart of productive horticultural country on the Gascoyne River at Bentwaters Plantation. Hosted by the Gascoyne Food Council this lunch will be celebrating our local Gascoyne fare and farmers by showcasing their produce through a tapas style menu. Top WA chefs will be visiting the region and meeting the farmers before each cooking a dish to reflect their passion for the local produce to the guests.

Tickets for this event are $130 including drinks. BOOK TICKETS 

Gascoyne Growers Markets 

  • Saturday 12 August 
  • Civic Centre, Visitor Centre, 21 Robinson Street 
  • 8am to 11.30am 

Come down and enjoy the vibrant and festive atmosphere of the Gascoyne Growers Markets on the Saturday morning from 8 to 11.30am. There will be tastings and cooking demonstrations from chefs, live entertainment and fresh fruit and vegetables to purchase whilst enjoying a fresh coffee and a Church Burger. Located at the Civic Centre Courtyard in Robinson Street, middle roundabout of the main street.

Satellite Events 

Dirk Hartog Island 

A Gourmet Island Escape with Russell Blaikie 

  • Sunday  6– Saturday 12 August  2017
  • Dirk Hartog Island 
  • Click here for more information

Join a 6 night / 7 day 4WD Tag-a-long adventure to Dirk Hartog Island and discover the Gascoyne’s growers produce from freshly caught seafood, locally grown fruit and vegetables, to unique bush tucker. Experience stunning local cuisine prepared by Chef’s from Western Australia at breathtaking locations on Dirk Hartog Island. Sunset drinks on top of 600ft high cliffs before enjoying your evening meal at the most western point of Australia.

Gourmet Island Package for 6 Nights and 7 Days – Cost Per 4WD,  $2,860 (includes 2 adults). Bookings available by contacting Dirk Hartog Island Resort (08) 9948 1211 or email –


Surf and Turf on Sunrise Beach 

  • Sunday 13 August 2017
  • Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort 
  • Contact Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort for more information (08) 9949 0000

The magnificent Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort in Exmouth will be hosting this fantastic event from 6pm on Sunday the 13th August. With the breathtaking backdrop of Sunrise Beach, rock star Chef Melissa Palinkas from Young George and the renowned Peter Manifis will be cooking up all Gascoyne produce.

Tickets for this event are $130 and includes all beer and wine. Tickets can be requested HERE or by contacting the Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort – (08) 9949 0000

Mount Augustus 

Australia’s BIGGEST BBQ under Australia’s BIGGEST Rock 

  • Saturday 19 August 
  • Mount Augustus Station
  • Contact Mt Augustus Tourist Park for more information (08) 9943 0527

Enjoy delicious outback beef, served with fresh local produce, in an extraordinary setting prepared by Don Tapa Executive Chef, Stuart Laws. Come take a close look at the rich pallet of the Mt Augustus countryside with its massive ancient rock surrounded by a huge diversity of plants, animal and bird life. This event is truly an amazing experience, join us at Mount Augustus for Australia’s Biggest BBQ under Australia’s Biggest Rock.

Tickets for this event are $75 for three course meal plus free morning after breakfast. Licensed bar available. Tickets are available by contacting Mount Augustus Tourist Resort – (08) 9943 0527 or email –

21 Robinson Street, CARNARVON WA 6701

Phone: (08) 9941 1146

Fax: (08) 9941 1149


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