Gascoyne Food Festival back on for 2020

  • Gascoyne Food Festival to go ahead in August and September 2020 after initially being called off due to COVID-19
  • Iconic Long Table lunch transformed in 2020 to an evening of canapes
  • The popular Gascoyne Food Festival has been reinstated after it was called off earlier in the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Thanks to the State’s hard border, easing of restrictions and the lifting of gathering limits, the iconic festival is now able to go ahead with a number of smaller satellite events throughout the region to showcase local produce and individual venues.

    The festival’s headline event, the iconic Long Table Lunch, has been transformed for 2020 into an evening of canapes on Friday, September 11 in Carnarvon.

    The festival program will also include the popular Gascoyne Growers Markets, Australia’s Biggest Barbecue, guest appearances from MasterChef alumni Brendan Pang and Derek Lau and a cultural food market at Gwoonwardu Mia Cultural Centre.

    The festival is taking place during August and September 2020 and is supported by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia’s Regional Events Program and the Gascoyne Development Commission.

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    As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

    “The Gascoyne Food Festival has been a highlight on the region’s event calendar for a decade, showcasing the wonderful local cuisine and culture – and it is fantastic to see the event back on in 2020.

    “The event attracts celebrity chefs, helps to fill accommodation, increases exposure of local producers, and brings thousands of visitors to the Gascoyne every year.

    “Supporting unique events that attract visitors to WA’s regions is a key focus of the State Government, now more than ever as we head down the road to recovery.”

    As stated by Acting Tourism Minister Simone McGurk:

    “The reinstatement of yet another regional tourism event just highlights how important the McGowan Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has been.

    “Culinary tourism is growing in importance for Western Australia, and the Gascoyne Food Festival is a great opportunity to show off the best of the region’s produce.”

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