Fes­ti­val to let good times flow

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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