Putting feel­ers out for Crab Fest

Fremantle Gazette - - LET’S EAT - Vanessa Sch­mitt

SEAFOOD-lovers from across Perth are ex­pected to con­verge on Man­durah next month for the city's sig­na­ture event: Man­durah Crab Fest.

Prepa­ra­tions are well un­der­way for the fes­ti­val, set to wow au­di­ences on March 17 and 18 for its 20th an­niver­sary.

The award-win­ning fes­ti­val is WA's big­gest free re­gional event and show­cases the best food and en­ter­tain­ment the Peel re­gion has to of­fer.

This year the fes­ti­val in­cludes more than 100 hours of free en­ter­tain­ment, in­clud­ing lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional acts across four stages, celebri­ties, unique food ex­pe­ri­ences, wa­ter­way ac­ti­va­tions, live mu­sic and a spec­tac­u­lar fire­works dis­play.

Blue manna crabs will take pride of place in the fes­ti­val.

Man­durah Mayor Rhys Wil­liams said Crab Fest was a high­light in WA's event cal­en­dar and the 20th an­niver­sary was not to be missed.

“Crab Fest show­cases what we all know, that Man­durah is such a spe­cial place with plenty on of­fer: from our wa­ter­ways and our peo­ple to our re­laxed al­fresco life­style,” he said. The gi­ant crab will make spe­cial ap­pear­ances at Hil­larys Boat Har­bour on Fe­bru­ary 18, Fre­man­tle Boat Har­bour on Fe­bru­ary 25, Rot­tnest Is­land on March 4 and Ya­gan Square on March 11 in the leadup to the event. Visit www.crabfest. com.au.

City of Man­durah staff en­tice Perth res­i­dents to Crab Fest at Matilda Bay Re­serve.

Man­durah artist Emma Blyth with some of her Crab Fest art­work.

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