HAMPTONS City Beach chef Matt Nebel is encouraging foodies to trek north during winter as part of the Gascoyne Food Festival.
Nebel, who has previously visited the region for the Gascoyne Desert Race, said he was thrilled to take part in the event and visit the unique location.
“It is a privilege to visit the region again this time to represent the cooking industry and getting hands on with our unique local produce,” he said.
“As a chef, it’s inspiring to see where and how our local produce is grown.
“You see the heart and vision of the producers and what dedication is put into their product, from farm to plate, it’s a story.”
Visitors to the festival will be able to enjoy a range of delicious from the family-friendly the Barbecue on the Beach in Carnarvon, the Long Table Lunch at Bentwaters Plantation and the free food sampling at the Gascoyne Growers Markets, all highlights of the festival, according to Nebel.
“Perth people should visit to become part of that story and support local agriculture,” he said.
“Without regions like the Gascoyne, we would miss out on a lot of great food we take for granted.
“The abundance and versatility of fresh produce, I especially enjoy the Shark Bay clams we use in a seafood linguini at Hamptons City Beach.
“Go for a drive and see what it’s all about.”
Gascoyne Food Council chief executive Doriana Mangili agreed with Nebel and said the festival provided a great opportunity to highlight the region’s incredible produce.
“If you are looking for a winter escape, or already heading up north, make sure to stop by and enjoy one of our amazing events and while you are here make sure to stock up on our fresh sun-kissed produce too,” she said.
As for what to expect from Nebel – whose signature dish is his Banjo slow cooked lamb – that has not yet been determined.
“That is still a surprise to me but I believe I am up for the challenge this experience offers,” he said.
Nebel will be joined by a team of top chefs brought together by WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey from Osborne Park’s Panorama Catering including Amy Hamilton of Liberte, George Cooper of Food by the Chef, Don Tapa’s Stuart Laws, The Flour Factory’s Danny Sanchez, Caroline Taylor, Sophie Budd, Jerome Durham, Jochem Beranek and ESS Compass Group’s David Gilmour.
Community Newspaper Group has return flights for two to Carnarvon from August 10 – 12, accommodation at the Best Western Inn in Carnarvon, two tickets to the Barbecue on the Beach event and Long Table Lunch.
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