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A celebration of a remote island and an epic food adventure

February 16, 2018 Whats On No Comments Email Email

The locals of Flinders Island have invited chef David Moyle to curate an impressive line-up of chefs to participate in the inaugural Food and Crayfish Festival.  A true culinary journey for those with insatiable wanderlust, this unique festival will allow visitors to go on an exciting adventure and experience the incredible quality of produce that Flinders Island has to offer.

The hero event for the festival is a one-off long lunch, held in an undisclosed location outdoors somewhere on the island.  The lunch location will be revealed no more than 48 hours prior, with the Flinders Island microclimate determining the exact whereabouts.  Wherever the location, guests will certainly dine with a stunning view (click here for scenic images of Flinders Island).  The long lunch will feature a gin bar highlighting local botanicals as well as Tasmanian wines.

Descending on the Island to join David Moyle prepare the long lunch will be chefs James Viles (Biota), Matt Stone (Oakridge), Jo Barrett (Oakridge) and Mark Labrooy (Three Blue Ducks).  The chefs will be joined by Alice Chugg (sommelier, Ettie’s).  In the lead-up to the lunch the team will spend 5 days exploring Flinders Island, tasting the local ingredients and formulating their unique dishes for this one time only menu.

The main highlight of the festival is of course the island’s spectacular crayfish, harvested from the cool, clean waters of the Bass Strait and supplied by Jack Wheatly, the only crayfish fisherman left on the island, at age 74. Produce to feature alongside Jack’s crayfish include saltgrass lamb, wallaby, abalone and fish as well as fruit and veg grown locally on the Island.

Guests wishing to make the most of their time on the island are welcome to arrive on Friday April 13th and explore the island’s geographic, cultural and culinary offerings. Guests can enjoy a range of activities such as exploring by foot, driving, swimming, bushwalking, fossicking, kayaking, snorkelling, surfing, relaxing. Visits to local dining establishments on the Friday will provide an initiation to Flinders Island’s incredible produce.  Individual itineraries can be created through the travel agents found on the website: www.visitflindersisland.com.au

The festival will kick into full swing with the special long lunch on the Saturday.  Other festival activities include produce sampling, a cooking class and grape picking as well as a special market to be held at Whitemark on the Sunday.

Accommodation on Flinders Island ranges from beach huts to small hotels, AirBnBs and villas. Flights to the island are beautifully scenic and are a big part of the adventure, providing spectacular bird’s-eye views of the island. Flights are direct from Melbourne (1hr) and Sydney-siders (and other interstate guests) will make a quick transfer through Launceston (45min from Launceston to Flinders Island).  Flights and can be booked through Flinders Island Aviation Services, Kirkhope Aviation or Unique Charters.

The Flinders Island Food and Crayfish Festival 2018 runs from the 14th to the 15th of April with the long lunch taking place on Saturday the 14th of April.

Tickets to the long lunch are $240, with only 150 places available. Tickets are now on sale at www.visitflindersisland.com.au

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