Festival celebrations are a sweet success
Mango fever was high in Broome over the weekend as the town’s favourite fruity festival made a juicy return.
The 2018 Broome Mango Festival kicked off last Thursday, hosted by the local Lions and Lioness clubs to showcase all things food, music and culture, with mangoes at the centre of it all.
One of the highlights of the week was Saturday’s traditional tasting competition, in which entrants submitted their finest mango jams, cakes and chutneys in a bid to be crowned the ultimate mango cooking champion.
Local woman Leanne Derry was awarded best chutney by judges and the public, while Beverly Long and Angela Lewis had the judges’ top jam and cake, respectively.
Wendy Dwyer’s cake won the public voters over, with Justine Young serving up the fan-favourite jam.
Rob Bamkin was the winner of the biggest mango competition with a 1.5kg fruit, and Christine Moore came in a close second (1.29kg).
The week’s festivities closed with Mango Jammin’, a showcase of local musicians at Goolarri Media’s Gimme Club on Sunday.
Patrons enjoyed a wide variety of music that was also broadcast on Radio Goolarri, from country/R&B by Ronnie Smith to soulful jazz from Tornina Torres, before Seaside Drifters closed the night with some upbeat tunes.
The audience were also treated to a special performance by Indonesian vocalist Nyak Ina Raseuki and Tura New Music’s Tos Mahoney.
A quiz night and raffle were also held last Thursday, with the White Ribbon Day gala and charity auction also running as part of the festival.
Lioness Club of Broome volunteers Lilly Fewster, Diane Vomiero, Lenore Bat, Katherine Knox, Sandra Ash, Sandy Long and Nony Harley.
Bidyadanga's Seaside Drifters closed the show at Mango Jammin'.
Local singer-songwriter Tornina Torres performs.
Ronnie Smith sings at Mango Jammin'.