Head to Australia's pearling capital for a gourmet festival with a difference
TV cooks Adam Liaw and Marion Grasby will headline this year's Shinju Matsuri (festival of the pearl) to be held August 25-September 2 in Broome - the pearling capital of Australia in West Australia's remote north-west.
Celebrating four diverse cultures that have come together in Broome for pearls - Japanese, Malaysian, Chinese and Indigenous Australian - Shinju Matsurifeatures a unique dining program in extraordinary locations.
Liaw and Grasby will join forces at the popular Sunset Long Table Dinner (above), held on Broome's Cable Beach on September 1.
The Willie Creek Pearl Meat Cook-Off is also returning and will see Broome's best chefs compete to create the best dish featuring pearl meat, a rare delicacy from the famous pearl-producing oysters native to the region.
The event will feature beer, wine and pearl meat tastings, with Liaw as guest judge.
Liaw also headlines a new event, the Pearl Harvest Yum Cha – an open-air dining experience along Dampier Terrace in Broome's historic Chinatown on August 30.
Tickets include all you can eat Chinese Yum Cha. Other event highlights include a Float Parade through the streets of Broome, Art Awards, Floating Lantern Matsuri and aFestival Finale concert.
Tickets for the events are now on sale, with travel packages featuring accommodation and tickets to selected events. For full details see www.shinjumatsuri.com.au