IT’S the Channel Seven Mandurah Crab Fest this weekend and more than 100,000 local, national and international visitors are expected.
Crab Fest has a long history of offering a unique experience for all ages and tastes and this year’s event will be no different.
Fifty six hours of free, live on-stage entertainment across the weekend includes Mandurah’s own Jonny Taylor, X-Factor’s Big T and Sydney Carter, and Russell Morris on the Music Stage.
The Children’s Stage will come alive with family favourites including Hoot and Hootabelle, Shaun the Sheep and Constable Care.
The Marina Stage will showcase a mix of jazz, African beats, smooth Latin and acoustic rock plus indigenous culture while the firework display is on at 8.30pm.
The Good Guys Cooking Stage will include food tips and demonstrations with local and national personalities including My Kitchen Rules’ WA contestants Nev and Kel and Anna, TV presenter and Crab Fest Ambassador Rob Palmer, Sunrise’s Matt Tinney, Susannah Carr and Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone.
The En Plein Air Art Competition will again be held along the eastern foreshore while Mandurah Ocean Marina offers outstanding artists in action.
A wide variety of stalls will offer a range of hand-crafted home wares, clothing and other items.
Markets will be a drawcard at the heart of the festival as well as the Mandjar Markets in Mandjar Square and stalls in the Smart Street Mall and Mandurah Terrace.
New to this year’s event is the Hangout in Mandjar Square, providing a place to chill out on deck chairs, play ping pong, have a bite to eat and charge your phone.
The area will be surrounded by some spectacular skateboard, BMX and FMX aerial action plus DJ tunes and a glow party.
The festival footprint also extends to the Mandurah Ocean Marina and will include the motor display thanks to Barbagallo Mandurah, the Seven West Chill Out Beach and giant sandcastle plus free sand sculptures workshops at Keith Holmes Reserve.