Taste of Kakadu is returning in 2021 from 28 – 30 May with an exciting new long weekend-style program packed to the brim with sensational experiences for Kakadu National Park visitors to celebrate local Indigenous food and culture.
“We’re thrilled to be welcoming guests to the park once again for the Taste of Kakadu festival,” said Kakadu National Park Visitor Services Manager, Anja Toms.
“Taste of Kakadu is not only a celebration of culture and cuisine, but an opportunity to recognise the conservation work being done in Kakadu National Park to protect the natural food sources which support the park’s Traditional Owners to continue to practice their culture on country.
“Kakadu’s Traditional Owners have been living off the land for generations, and this festival gives visitors the chance to embrace the local culture and unique bush tucker of the region. Some of the ingredients that go into the cuisine on offer at Taste can only be found in the Top End.”
The Festival Hub at Bowali Visitor Centre will be a hive of activity with hands-on workshops including painting, women’s cultural weaving and men’s spear making, art markets, cooking demonstrations with Fervor’s Paul ‘Yoda’ Iskov, live music and performance.
Kakadu’s rangers will be hosting guided activities including a bush tucker tour with Jacqueline Cahill at Mamukula Wetlands. A guided experience at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) is also on offer, where visitors can connect to Kakadu’s 65,000-year-old culture through some of the world’s oldest rock art and the region’s stories, including Namarrkon (the Lightning Man), a powerful creation ancestor.
Festival favourites including the Yellow Water Canapé Cruise and the Taste of Kakadu Buffet at the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile in Jabiru will also return to showcase the best flavours from across Kakadu and the NT.
Visitors heading to The Croc can also join local Kunwinjku Indigenous artist, David Cameron, on an art and culture tour, complete with Kakadu-inspired tasting-spoons to finish.
If the fantastic food isn’t enough, Kakadu visitors can enjoy the Northern Territory Travelling Film Festival which is in town on the night of Friday 28 May, showcasing outstanding local talent and celebrating the iconic stories, culture and landscape of the region.
To book tickets and keep up to date with the latest additions to the program, visit kakadu.gov.au/taste