Quirkiest food festivals


Fremantle Seafood Festival

From the coast to the wild interior, Australia has an amazing array of produce that you shouldn't miss trying. From fresh crab in the estuarine city of Mandurah, to luxurious truffles in the quaint town of Manjimup, celebrate the best locally grown ingredients and explore the often-painstaking process that goes into their production by visiting one of these special food festivals.

Every February, the port city of Fremantle fills with seafood lovers from all over the country. Head over to the Fishing Boat Harbour, where you'll join 15, 000 fellow foodies wandering around the converted old harbour buildings - now a beguiling arrangement of cafes, breweries and art galleries. As well as ample seafood stalls, you can taste local wines, purchases the day's catch from the Fresh Seafood Market, and enjoy celebrity chef demos at the Taste of Fremantle stage.
Mandurah Crabfest
The small city of Mandurah in Western Australia plays host to the largest free community event in Australia every March. During Crabfest, over 100,000 locals and international visitors come to the city. The beautiful event is held next to the city's stunning natural backdrop; the Eastern estuary where its renowned local crab comes from. Known as the blue Marna crab, this iconic local resident is celebrated in local cuisine - make sure you head over to the “Fish Pot,” where you can taste freshly cooked crabs. And don't miss A Taste of Aboriginal Culture, a ticketed event which celebrates the traditional cuisine of the region.
Truffle Kerfuffle
Truffles are renowned globally as one of the world's most luxurious ingredients. There's no better place to try them than the bucolic rural town of Manjimup in Western Australia. Fresh black truffles abound here - in fact, more are found here than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere - and you can enjoy a myriad of truffle-focused experiences at this festival. Wander around the fresh truffle marketplace where you can enjoy offerings from local companies Oak Valley Truffles and Pottinger Truffles, enjoy folky live music and watch adorable truffle dog demonstrations (the method used to gather them in this part of the world.) You'll leave with a renewed appreciation of this gourmet ingredient.
Feast of the Senses
Taste of Tasmania
Tasmania has long been lauded as the foodie capital of Australia, with its abundant ocean life, untouched shores and wild interiors. Every late December and early January for more than 30 years, the best of Tasmanian food is celebrated in Hobart, around the waterfront precinct. 500, 000 people flood into the town to try everything from local gins to the ever-popular local Valhalla ice cream. You can also try products from Tasmania's best loved cheesery, the Bruny Island Cheese Co, and wine from the Bream Creek Vineyard in South East Tasmania, from one of the oldest vines on the island.
Fireside Festival
Warm up in winter by taking a trip to this charming festival in Canberra. Though the weather is as chilly as ever, the Fireside Festival will keep you cosy with its beguiling mixture of delicious food, great local wine and of course, a crackling fire. The winter festival takes place every late August and early September, and events are held in more than 20 locations across the city. Attend a wine tasting next to a bonfire, sit down for a degustation dinner made from locally grown and seasonal food and listen to live music in a cosy bar with a roaring fire in the room. It's a magical way to explore the city and experience the local foodie scene.


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