The Channel Seven Mandurah Crab Fest presented by LiveLighter will explode onto the local scene for the 18th year on March 19 and 20.
Thousands of local, national and international visitors are expected to make their way to the heart of Mandurah for the City’s signature annual two-day festival, which has drawn crowds in excess of 100,000 people since 2011.
From humble beginnings, Crab Fest has grown to become the biggest free regional community event in Western Australia, all set on the stunning backdrop of the Mandurah Estuary.
Crab Fest has a long history of offering a unique experience for all ages and tastes, and this year’s event will be no different.
Australian television presenter Rob Palmer has been announced as this year’s event ambassador.
Best known for presenting the do-it-yourself segments on several popular lifestyle programs, Palmer will bring his vibrant, down to earth charm to the festival.
“I’m super excited to be coming to Mandurah for such as great event. I can’t wait to get involved with all the fun and action of Crab Fest,” Palmer said.
The growing list of celebrities coming to Mandurah Crab Fest includes Nev and Kell from My Kitchen Rules, Channel Seven’s Angela Tsun, Monika Kos, Susannah Carr, food critic Rob Broadfield, Fremantle Docker Hayden Ballantyne, West Coast Eagle Dean Cox plus a live broadcast by Nova’s Nathan, Nat and Shaun.
Since 2011, the food and dining element of Crab Fest has grown, and now includes a Long Table Lunch, wine and cheese tastings and barista competitions. A number of new food experiences have been introduced for 2016, including a Progressive Dinner Cruise and a High Tea under the iconic Moreton Bay Fig Tree.
This is all in addition to the amazing gourmet food vendors and market stalls – many of which use fresh, local produce to create their dishes.
Other exciting attractions of Crab Fest include live entertainment throughout the weekend across three main stages and two secondary stages, cooking classes and demonstrations, a children’s dress up competition, art workshops, an En Plein Air competition, licensed bar areas, youth activities and a fireworks display.
Festival goers also have the opportunity to purchase fresh crabs to eat at the festival or take home to enjoy.
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 more information on the festival go to www.crabfest.com.au
Photo: (C) Daniel Carson