A Taste of Kakadu

12–21 May, 2017

World-Heritage listed Kakadu is a place of abundance, bursting with fresh food and culture. Enjoy bush tucker delicacies like barramundi and magpie goose – there is something here for everyone.

Today we take ancient traditions and give them a modern twist. Cook and eat with us. Learn and discover with us. We welcome you to our home – Kakadu – to experience flavours you’ll find nowhere else on Earth.

We invite you to come and try them for yourself.


Click here to download the Taste of Kakadu program


  • Unique bushland dining event

    Saturday 20 May, 2017, 4.30–9.00 pm

    Feast on locally-sourced native produce at an exclusive ten-course degustation, prepared by leading pop-up dining team Fervor.
    You’ll be whisked away to a secret outdoor location in Kakadu, where delicious dishes will be prepared before your eyes by chef Paul ‘Yoda’ Iskov and his team. Fervor’s one-off dining events are set in pristine landscapes across Australia, from salt lakes to idyllic beaches.
    Experience Kakadu’s bushland like never before with this intimate combination of food, culture and Country.

    Where: Pick up and drop off at Mercure Crocodile Hotel

    Price: $200 per person

    Places available: 40


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  • Launch of the man-me exhibition

    Friday 12 May, 2017, 5.30–8.00 pm

    Kakadu’s first-ever interactive art exhibition, ‘Man-me, and Meander’.

    Embark on a moving journey through the Kakadu landscape. Hear the the sounds of Molay (didgeridoo) as you walk by moonlight and lamplight towards a refreshing drink and nibbles at Marrawuddi Gallery.
    This experience is a Kakadu must, so get in quick before we sell out!
    Beginning on the Jabiru side of the Bowali track, we’ll take you on a two kilometer journey, starting at the beginning of time. Learn how the creation mother, Yingana, delivered one of her dilly bags filled with bush food to Bininj people.
    Along the way you’ll discover artworks about different bush foods, enjoying our stories of bush food collection and basket weaving. We end up at a display of locally-made woven dilly bags,  the traditional sole carrier of bush foods.

    Where: Marrawuddi Gallery, Bowali Visitor Center

    Price: Free

    Places available: 100


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  • Master class with Indigenous celebrity chef, Zach Green

    Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 May, 2017, 4.00–5.00 pm

    “Food is the greatest connector of them all” — Zach Green

    Come and learn the stories of one thousand generations from Indigenous celebrity chef Zach Green.
    Zach will show you how to incorporate native foods into everyday cuisine, in a way that celebrates Indigenous cultures and gets to the heart of what Indigenous food culture is all about.

    Where: Cooinda Lodge

    Price: Free

  • Champagne evening cruise and canapes

    Monday 15, Tuesday 16 and Thursday 18 May, 2017, 5.00–6.30 pm

    What’s a sunset without champagne?
    Well… pretty amazing at Kakadu, but with champagne, on a boat, it’s truly an out-of-this world adventure.
    Celebrity chef Sharon Windsor will prepare canapes alongside the champagne.
    Proudly supported by Cooinda Lodge.

    Where: Cooinda Lodge

    Price: $90 per person

    How to book: Due to current power outages in the region affecting our website, please book by calling 08 8979 9000 or emailing reservations@yellowwater.com.au

  • Tuckeroo: Kids mini master chef competition

    Sunday 14 May, 2017, 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm

    “Food preparation lessons start young in Bininj culture. We are always around food, learning hunting and finding yams and man me.”

    See how much local Bininj youngsters know in this epic battle of the mini-master chefs!
    What will the kids do with native food ingredients to impress the panel – including an Indigenous celebrity chef, a native food expert and the Mangrook Footy Show’s own Leila Gurruwiwi?
    Make sure you don’t miss out on this live-streamed event.

    Where: Mercure Crocodile Hotel

    Price: Free

  • Traditional brunch

    Thursday 18 May, 2017, 10 am to 12 noon

    Join local Bininj woman Mandy Muir and Ngemba Indigenous chef Sharon Windsor for a traditional brunch.
    For the first time Indigenous women from the south and the north of Australia will combine forces to prepare a two course brunch for Kakadu visitors.
    Come and share in the incredible stories of two legendary women, who have extensive Indigenous connections across the world, through their love of native food.

    Where: Jim Jim Billabong

    Price: $44 per person ($40 + $4 booking fee)

    Places available: 40


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  • Bininj harvesting

    Tuesday 16 May, 2017, 9.00 am to 12.00 noon

    Never before have both Jesse Alderson and Patsy Raglar invited visitors into Patonga Homestead to forage for their native ingredients.
    Come and spend the morning with these incredible senior Bininj women as they search for yam, honeybag, and other native foods.
    It is a very unique opportunity to participate in Bininj harvesting activities, handed down through thousands of generations.

    Where: Jim Jim Billabong Safari Camp

    Price: Free

    Places available: 40


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  • Bush breakfast

    Wednesday 17 May, 2017, 8.00 am

    Cooinda Lodges’ resident Chef will take his team’s cooking skills outside for this special breakfast event.
    Come and Taste Kakadu for breakfast following the Yellow Water Cruise.

    Where: Cooinda Lodge, Bistro

    Price: $20

    How to book: Bookings through Cooinda Lodge


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  • Fervor forage

    Thursday 18 May, 2017, 12 noon – 6.00 pm

    Australian Pop Up Cuisine Chef Paul Iskov and his team from award winning dining experience Fervor will be joining Senior Custodians at Patonga Homestead for a 6 hour native food forage.
    The foods collected at this event will be served to people attending the Fervor Dining experience event on 20 May.
    This is a long session of traditional harvest methods. Participants will need an average level of fitness, appropriate clothing, mosquito repellent, sunscreen and at least 2 litres of water each.

    Where: Patonga, Buffalo Farm

    Price: Free

    Places available: 20


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  • Spear making talk and spear throwing competition

    Wednesday 17 May, 2017, 3.00 to 4.00 pm

    “Young Bininj learn early how to use our spears”.

    Come and learn from Senior Traditional Custodians about the different spear types Bininj make and how to use them. Understand the epic tales of some of Kakadu’s most influential spirit figures who rely on spears for hunting and law making then try your hand at competing with the Masters.

    Note: While women are welcome to learn and watch spear throwing is strictly a men’s activity.

    Where: Brockman Oval in Jabiru Township

    Price: Free


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  • Forage walk with Bininj

    Monday 15 May, 4.00 to 6.00 pm

    Our rivers are the lifeblood of our country, flowing through the seasons, bringing bounty and life.
    Go harvesting with expert Indigenous epicurians at Bardedjilidji and literally uncover some secret taste sensations in this wild landscape.
    Learn about the foods dear to Our hearts.

    Where: Bardijilligi Walk, East Alligator

    Price: Free


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  • Launch of Kakadu kitchen

    Sunday 14 May, 2017, 6:30 to 11.00 pm

    Join Kakadu Kitchen for a fusion of locally sourced seasonal Bininj man-me (food) together with modern flavours to create a unique Taste of Kakadu.
    Local Bininj Ben and Kylie will introduce each canapé to guests highlighting traditional stories, harvesting methods, and preparation tips.
    They will then ask guests to use their entire palette in different ways to accentuate the unique flavours of Kakadu so visitors can gain a true appreciation of each unique offering.

    Where: Warradjan Cultural Centre

    Price: Free

    Places available: 25


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  • Man-me art exhibition

    Daily from 13–21 May, 2017, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

    This special installation will tell a two part story of food collection in Kakadu.
    A commissioned small canvas installation of interpretative dilly bags, by women and children from Children’s Ground, complements the display of woven dilly bags.
    Information and material on display will help tell the story of Food in Kakadu, how these bags are made and used.

    Where: Marrawuddi Gallery

    Price: Free

  • Man-me painting

    Daily from 12–21 May, 2017, 8.30 am to 12.00 noon

    By Graham Rostron and Abel Narhborhlborhl.

    In Kakadu, you aren’t looking at ancient ‘art’, you are experiencing the Bininj way of teaching since the beginning of time”.

    Man me (food) painting is an important way to teach Bininj and Daluk about food harvesting, preparation and ceremony.

    Sit with Senior Traditional Artists to learn this ancient art form.

    Where: Bowali Visitor Centre (check program for details)

    Price: Gold coin donation

  • Yellow Water special sunrise tour

    Wednesday 17 May, 2017, 6.45 to 8.00 am

    Come and be a film star for the morning! For the first time, Yellow Water Cruises will open it’s famous wetland sunrise cruise free of charge.
    Join in the early morning activities while Tourism Northern Territory film this epic Kakadu experience.
    A bush breakfast will follow this tour, bookings can be made through Cooinda lodge.

    Participants to note that they will be filmed, and some drone use will occur within the vicinity.

    Where: Cooinda

    Price: Free

    How to book: Due to current power outages in the region affecting our website, please book by calling 08 8979 9000 or emailing reservations@yellowwater.com.au

    Places available: 50