Kakadu National Park

Thursday 13 February 2020

Sixty-five thousand years in the making, the cultural food festival, Taste of Kakadu is back with a sensational program set to immerse Kakadu National Park visitors in a stimulating journey of the senses.

“The 2020 program is bursting with an impressive lineup of new experiences plus festival favourites to celebrate the region’s incredible Indigenous food and culture,” said Park Manager, Russell Gueho.

“It’s the perfect excuse for Australians to look locally when searching for their next holiday destination. Taste of Kakadu is Australia’s premier Indigenous food festival, and allows visitors a unique opportunity to explore our region’s cuisine, culture and country.”

This year’s festival will run from 22-31 May and will feature experiences including culinary Jedi master, Paul ‘Yoda’ Iskov’s Fervor - an unforgettable pop-up dining experience combining locally sourced bush tucker, and sumptuous contemporary elements, all against the backdrop of Kakadu’s stunning landscape. The pop-up dinners are back by popular demand, having sold out in previous years. In 2020, Yoda will be hosting two of his trademark dinners along with cooking demonstrations at the Festival Hub, located at the Bowali Visitor Centre, where each weekend, there will be a hive of food stalls, live music and arts and crafts.

Along with Fervor, festival-goers will be tempted by an enticing array of culinary experiences including stargazing and Kakadu Bininj story-telling at Cooinda Airstrip while enjoying a delectable menu prepared by Cooinda Lodge’s head chef; or try your luck crocodile-spotting while cruising through the spectacular Yellow Water wetlands with an on-board menu of native-inspired canapes.

Beyond the Festival Hub, the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is the place to be with Kakadu-inspired cocktails and the Escarpment Restaurant serving up a Taste of Kakadu buffet every night, showcasing the best flavours from the NT and Kakadu. Guests can also wander out to the hotel lawns and enjoy a selection of short films from the NT Travelling Film Festival program.

Once festival-goers have had their fill of the delicious food on offer, the Marrawuddi gallery will provide an opportunity to take in some of the Top End’s best Indigenous art with the Man Me Art Exhibition and Rarrk Art Tea Towel Workshop. Walk among art in nature as the trees around the Bowali Visitor Centre are adorned with beautiful food-themed artworks from local artists, then create a very special Taste of Kakadu memory as you join local artists to design your own tea towel using traditional Kakadu/Arnhem Rarrk style painting.

Kakadu National Park is dual World Heritage-listed for its outstanding cultural and natural values. It is home to Bininj/Munnguy, who have lived in the region for thousands of generations.

To book tickets and keep up to date with the latest additions view the program.