On the weekend of 18-19 March, the City of Mandurah is coming alive. Yes, Mandurah Crab Festival is back again for it’s 19th year running and it’s bigger than ever. With over 120,000 attendees last year, this is officially one of WA’s largest community events. And it definitely lives up to its name. It celebrates, highlights and appreciates beautiful local blue manna crabs.
With the countdown on to festival, the City of Mandurah teamed up with Gettin Hectic and Laura Moseley to provide some selected media and bloggers a bit of a sneak peek of what to expect recently. With bags packed for an overnight stay, we descended onto the foreshore with one thing on our minds. Crabs.
Ever been glamping? I’ve been ogling a little Margaret River getaway at Mile End (I think I need to make this a reality) so it was great to dip my toe in the water and try a little luxury camping out. With a beautiful teepee tent each complete with double bed, lamp and an abundance of little welcome gifts including cookies, sunscreen, torch and insect repellant.
While we were there to learn all about the crab festival, we soon found out we were in for a sightseeing and eating treat. Dolphin watching, crabbing, four-wheel driving and a beautiful sunset crab boil on the beach were all part of our jam-packed itinerary. And we were excited. Here’s some snaps from the day.
Every part of our day was really special. But by far the best part, was finishing the day with the crab boil on the beach. With food catered by the new local hotspot Flic’s Kitchen, we all sat at a long table on cushions, the sound of waves lapping at the sand echoing from only meters away.
And while the setting was beautiful enough, the food was pretty damn incredible. I’m definitely (and I really mean definitely) coming down to Mandurah and trying out the restaurant again. Flic’s Kitchen are seafood kings: every morsel was cooked with respect and flair.
Bites of crab croquettes, lobster cocktails, crab bruschetta (heaven), crispy school prawns, prawn crusted pork lollipops and pickled octopus were all so ridiculously morish. The main event of the crab boil was just as impressive and a great preview of the festival’s newest satellite event: a deep south American inspired crab boil. I think this will definitely be a popular event for festival goers because I absolutely loved it!
Other events people can look forward to is a special Fervor dinner, high tea under the fig tree and a dinner cruise in the Mandurah canals. But the actual festival itself is also a great drawcard, and one that will be full of local and Perth-based food vendors showcasing the beauty of crustaceans to hoards of avid seafood appreciators.
And just like that, after a relaxing cup of hot chocolate to nod us off to sleep in our tents, our overnight stay was done. Bellies full of seafood, bodies relaxed from the comfort of those squishy beds. I’m not a camping girl, but I can definitely get down with glamping.
A quick breakfast in the morning before heading back to reality. It was over in an instant, but it was an action packed day that really highlighted how fun, and gorgeous Mandurah is. Bring on the crab festival – this crustacean addict is way too excited!