Is­land feast ends Onslow fes­ti­val

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

With no shoes in sight and plenty of tur­tles frol­ick­ing in the shal­lows, the Mack­erel Is­lands proved the per­fect place to un­wind af­ter a busy week­end in Onslow.

The Shire of Ash­bur­ton and Chevron-backed Passion of the Pil­bara bi­en­nale headed out to the Mack­erel Is­lands for the first time last week­end, turn­ing the is­land get­away into an in­ti­mate set­ting for about 80 guests to soak up the mild sun, re­laxed tunes and gourmet food on of­fer.

Theve­nard Is­land’s main beach pro­vided the stage for a bare­foot Mikey Smith to put on a pas­sion­ate morn­ing set, capped off when a mother hump­back whale and calf cruised on by 200m off the coast.

Celebrity chefs Pete Man­i­fis, Jesse Blake and Ben Bul­lock cooked up the mother of all bar­be­cue feasts, with paella, mack­erel, zuc­chini, gourmet snags and sal­ads plated up for the guests.

Mack­erel Is­lands is­land man­ager Steph Toy said the “is­land vibes” brought a unique el­e­ment to the fes­ti­val.

“To be spoilt by the place, by the celebrity chefs and by the live mu­sic has been a real buzz for every­one here,” she said.

“This is def­i­nitely the per­fect lo­ca­tion to hold a ca­sual, fam­ily friendly fes­ti­val.”

Passion of the Pil­bara fes­ti­val ran over three days this year, start­ing with an open­ing cer­e­mony and per­for­mance from “Fin­gers” Mitchell Cullen at the sports club on Fri­day night.

The ac­tion picked up at Tha­lanyji Oval and the BHP Fish­bowl on Satur­day.

Per­form­ers such as the Merindas, Fitzroy Xpress, KC Small­town and Beccy Cole and Adam Har­vey ser­e­naded fes­ti­val­go­ers as they in­dulged in rides, food vans, stalls and kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the day.

Shire pres­i­dent Kerry White said the fes­ti­val was a cel­e­bra­tion of a vi­brant com­mu­nity.

“In ad­di­tion to cel­e­brat­ing our strong com­mu­nity spirit, Passion of the Pil­bara also shines a spot­light on the unique life­style ex­pe­ri­ences our town pro­vides to both res­i­dents and vis­i­tors,” she said.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Celebrity chef Ben Bul­lock.

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