Shore Leave Festival returns in 2023, showcasing West Australian seafood at its finest in the sensational Mid West region. WA’s Mid West is home to some of the best produce in the world, so if you’re looking for the best seafood experience WA has to offer, Shore Leave Festival program has it covered. To help you make the most of your Mid West escape, we’ve picked our highlights from the program, where a bounty of magnificent produce, culture and landscapes await.
For starters, it’s worth taking your time on the drive to Geraldton. Immerse yourself in the natural structures of the Pinnacles at Nambung National Park, or make a pit-stop at the pristine beaches along the way with a fishing rod, surfboard, or snorkel in hand. It also pays to immerse yourself in the history of the Batavia wreck site or soak up the picturesque hues of Hutt Lagoon, both easy stops.
When it comes to the main event, head to Geraldton Foreshore between Thursday 27 April and Sunday 30 April to experience a Back of Boat Western Rock Lobster BBQ. Local chefs will cook fresh lobster straight off the boat on an open barbecue in front of a world-class sunset as guests enjoy premium WA wine and beer in a culinary experience to remember. Finlay’s Beer and WA sparkling wines will be available to purchase from The Helm Bar.
Thursday 27 April to Sunday 30 April, 4pm-8pm
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At Midwest Paddock to Plate, join renowned chef Matt Moran as he reframes expectations of paddock-to-plate dining. Yanget Farm will play host to a multi-course dinner with exceptional Western Australian wine pairings. The undeniable goodness of local produce will shine bright in this rustic setting for an evening that is fast becoming a program highlight. As one of the oldest farms in the region, Yanget Farm’s pastural history is the perfect location to celebrate the land which provides our food. Flood your senses with scents of farmland hay, learn about food provenance first hand and enjoy sunset skies over the undulating plains.
Saturday 29 April, 4pm-9pm
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WA Good Food Guide’s 2021 Regional Chef of the Year, Brendan Pratt, will serve up a bold menu on the unspoilt Abrolhos Islands for an elegant lunch at the Abrolhos Long Table Lunch on Friday 28 April. Think fresh seafood cooked over coals, endless stretches of white sand, premium local wines and picture-perfect views. The island is preserved as a coral reef archipelago, meaning marine life thrives and waters are pristine. This gourmet adventure is sure to be a highlight of the festival so don’t miss your chance to secure a ticket.
Friday 28 April, all day
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For families, a line-up of community events offers something for everyone, including aquatic tours, maritime-history lessons, live music, and markets. Take your pick from the schedule of free events over at the Shore Leave Festival website, kicking off with the Iluka Welcome to Port on Thursday 27 April.
Visit Shore Leave Festival for the full program of events and to book your tickets now for a food and cultural immersion like no other.