Shinju Mat­suri

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Jakeb Wad­dell

Pic­tures from all the ac­tion as the iconic fes­ti­val kicks off.

Thou­sands of peo­ple turned out for Broome’s big­gest cul­tural cel­e­bra­tion as the 47th annual Shinju Mat­suri kicked off over the week­end.

Also known as the Fes­ti­val of the Pearl, Shinju cel­e­brates the town’s cul­ture and his­tory with a spec­tac­u­lar ar­ray of per­for­mances, ex­hi­bi­tions and culi­nary de­lights.

Crowds packed out the streets for the pop­u­lar Make Smok­ing His­tory float pa­rade, which ran from Broome Civic Cen­tre to Dampier Ter­race, where the Pearl Har­vest Party would take place.

Sammy the Dragon led the pa­rade, with dancers, the­atre acts, and clubs fol­low­ing, but all eyes were on Broome Filipino Vol­un­teers As­so­ci­a­tion, which won best over­all float.

One of the most-an­tic­i­pated events of the week­end was the Wil­lie Creek Pearl Meat Cook Off, which saw seven of the town’s best chefs com­pete to be crowned cham­pion. MasterChef Aus­tralia con­tes­tant Ta­mara Graf­fen judged the tick­eted event and named Matso’s Brew­ery her win­ner.

“It was the first dish I tasted and the first I wanted to go back to,” she said. “I loved the cham­pag­nepoached ap­ple paired with the tequila and lime ce­viche pearl meat and the spiced potato crisp.

“It had a few bold el­e­ments ex­e­cuted beau­ti­fully and it made for a very mem­o­rable dish.” Other high­lights in­cluded the A View to Asia Art Ex­hi­bi­tion, jetty to jetty trail and Sun Pic­tures’ soiree.

Shinju Mat­suri pres­i­dent Chris Ma­her said the fes­ti­val had been a huge suc­cess.

“It got un­der way with a burst of colour and move­ment,” he said.

“There has been so much en­thu­si­asm from vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike.”

The fes­ti­val con­tin­ues un­til Sun­day’s fi­nale at the Ca­ble Beach am­phithe­atre.

Pic­tures: Jakeb Wad­dell

Dancers from the Broome Filipino Vol­un­teers As­so­ci­a­tion in the Make Smok­ing His­tory float pa­rade.

A sculp­ture at the A View to Asia Ex­hi­bi­tion on Ca­ble Beach.

Sun Stu­dios per­form at the Pearl Har­vest Party.

Red Sun Camels were rep­re­sented in the Make Smok­ing His­tory float pa­rade.

The Wasamba drum­mers were a crowd favourite in the pa­rade.

The Green Mango Cafe's en­try into the Wil­lie Creek Pearl Meat Cook Off.

MasterChef Aus­tralia con­tes­tant Ta­mara Graf­fen judged the Wil­lie Creek Pearl Meat Cook Off.

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