Crabs. Mandurah. A festive atmosphere. The Mandurah Crab Festival does everything it says on the box. While Mandurah’s famous blue manna crabs sit at the heart of the celebration, the festival – one of the largest community events in the state – has evolved to become a celebration of the entire region and its enviable coastal lifestyle.
Although the free, two-day festival is reason enough to set course for Kwinana Freeway, this year’s program has enough highlights to fill an entire weekend with good food, good drinks and even better times. We’ll see you down at the Mandurah foreshore.
Mandurah Crab Fest
From a purely statistical point of view, the festival is a big deal ¬– this will be its 19th year, and last year’s event drew 120,000 people. Care of local vendors such as Flics Kitchen and Redmanna, through to food trucks and Perth vendors including Marcelita’s Colombian Empanadas and The Fish Boss, good eating is assured. Entertainment falls on the shoulders of Justice Crew and Thirsty Merc.
Saturday March 18 to Sunday March 19, Mandurah’s eastern foreshore. Free entry.
Dinner Under The Stars with Fervor
Native-Australian pop-up dining experience Fervor turns its attention to the culture and tastes of Mandurah. Siblings Paul and Bree Iskov are joining forces with the local Binjareb Aboriginal community to present this intimate, long-table event in a spectacular, secret location rich in Indigenous history. Diners will experience an eight-course, open-air degustation menu while hearing stories from local elders.
Friday March 17, 6pm, secret location. BYO. Tickets are $195 and available online.
Bibs at the ready. Inspired by the traditions of America’s Deep South, the inaugural Crab Boil offers guests a new way to enjoy WA’s favourite crustacean. Dinner will be prepared by local venues Catch 22, Nino’s and the Oyster Bar and will feature crabs, prawns, mussels, clams, sweet corn, potatoes and smoky sausage.
Saturday March 18, 6pm, Mandurah Marina. Tickets are $80 and available online.
Progressive Dinner Cruise
Mandurah restaurants Stage Door, Mandurah Quay Resort and Catch 22 are coming together for this ticketed event. Enjoy a three-course meal as part of a scenic, moonlit cruise through Mandurah’s canals.
Friday March 17, Mandurah Canals. Tickets are $120 and available online.
High Tea Under the Fig Tree
Mandurah’s much-loved (and much-photographed) Moreton Bay fig tree will supply both the shade and setting for two high tea sessions at this year’s festival.
Saturday March 18 and Sunday March 19, 2pm–4pm, Point Peninsular, Tickets are $70 and available online.
The Mandurah Crab Festival will be held on Mandurah’s eastern foreshore, March 18–19. Entry to the Crab Fest is free.