Mandurah Crab Fest wins gold at 2017 WA Tourism Awards


Deputy Mayor Caroline Knight, Mayor Rhys Williams and City chief executive Mark Newman at the awards night.
Deputy Mayor Caroline Knight, Mayor Rhys Williams and City chief executive Mark Newman at the awards night.

MANDURAH’S signature annual eventCrab Fest has again taken gold at the 2017 WA Tourism Awards.

Crab Fest, Australia’s biggest free regional event, took out the major festivals and events category.

This year marked Crab Fest’s 19th year with more than 120,000 people enjoying the event.

The 2017 event will now shape up among national contenders at the 2018 Australian Tourism Awards in February.

Mayor Rhys Williams said so much work went into making the event a huge success every year and it was important to recognise the support and contributions of the community, volunteers, sponsors and businesses who all played a massive part in the event’s triumphs.

The win comes on the back of last year’s gold at the State Awards and bronze at the national level as part of the 2017 Australian Tourism Awards.

Crab Fest has an average attendance of more than 100,000 visitors each year.

Showcasing the best food and entertainment in the Peel region, the two day festival this year included more than 100 hours of free entertainment, including local and international acts across four stages, celebrities, unique dining experiences, waterway activities, a fireworks spectacular and the famous blue manna crabs.

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