Festival to let good times flow
Beef and beer count among many Pilbara residents’ favourite things, and an inaugural foodie festival launching in the region next month plans to celebrate the best of both.
Food and drink extravaganza Brew and the Moo is being put on by Karratha-based event management company Wrapped Creations at Dampier’s Hampton Oval on Saturday, November 12, and will promote WA, Australian and international boutique beers and custom beef dishes, including local station produce
Wrapped Creations event director David Yakas said his team was excited to launch the festival, which was inspired by a beef and beer event he attended at last year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
He said it was designed to be a relaxed, food-lovers’ event that would promote foodie culture in the region and encourage tourism.
“We have a huge event for people to be really excited about and we hope it becomes an icon of not only Dampier, but the Pilbara,” he said.
“We saw a huge gap in the market for a quality beef festival and the best way to do something about it was to produce it ourselves.”
“We can use this as a platform to promote not only our local beef industry but also (show) that we are more than just a working town.”
Festival entertainment will come in the form of international singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist “Fingers” Mitchell Cullen, Perth pop-folk artist Leah Grant and Pilbara musician Mikey Smith.
There will also be non-beer alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as non-beef food options available.
In an added bonus, Brew and the Moo has been named the official North West event for 2016 WA Beer Week.
It is the region’s first representation in the week-long festival, which has until now been focused on Perth and the South West.
“To partner with a high-calibre festival like WA Beer Week is really exciting for not only our event, but also our region,” Mr Yakas said.
“I’ve been involved in Beer Week for a few years, and I reached out to them earlier in the year when we came up with the concept. We were really keen to get something that would tack on to their event, but also create something for our community as well.”
WA Beer Week organiser Claire Byrne said she had been rapt to have Brew and the Moo come on board as their first North West event.
“It seems as though it’s really feeding a need up there and giving us something we can really advertise to our North West contingent,” she said.
“We definitely look at this as the beginning of a long relationship in the North West.
“We really want Beer Week to be extended throughout the whole State.”
She said the event’s drinks line-up sounded particularly promising.
“It looks like they’re going to have some really excellent beers on. I know they’ve signed up Eagle Bay and Little Creatures, which are great WA craft beers,” she said. “I think they really are trying to cater to what people in the North West want with what they’re offering.”
Tickets for Brew and the Moo are on sale now for $35 each, which includes a voucher for two beers.
Buses from Dampier to Karratha, Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson are also available for $15 each.
To buy tickets or for more information, go to www.brewandthemoo.com.au, the Brew and the Moo Facebook page or Cool Change boutique in Karratha City Shopping Centre.
Wrapped Creations team members David Yakas, Kate Daughenbaugh, Tonnille Hawke and Jason Masters are looking forward to bringing a new beer and beef festival to the Pilbara next month.