Kakadu National Park

18–27 May 2018 — Kakadu National Park

A cultural food fest 65,000 years in the making

Kakadu National Park is gearing up for Australia's premier traditional food festival.

From 18 to 27 May 2018, the nation's most gifted practitioners of Indigenous food will work with traditional owners to deliver a stunning take on bush cuisine.

A Taste of Kakadu delivers a foodie experience like no other, all within a majestic dual World Heritage-listed national park.

Experience the culinary creations of

  • Clayton Donovan (Jaaning Tree and ABC TV's Wild Kitchen)
  • Paul 'Yoda’ Iskov (Fervor)
  • Ben Tyler and Kylie-Lee Bradford (Kakadu Kitchen)
  • Zach Green (Elijah's Kitchen)
  • And many more.

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Taste the unique flavours of Kakadu

What's on at Taste 2018?

Clayton Donovan

Dinner by Clayton

6.30–9.30 pm, Tuesday 22 May — Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

TV personality and hatted Indigenous chef Clayton Donovan hosts a sumptuous four-course dinner at the Croc.

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Award-winning singer-songwriter Shellie Morris

Festival grand opening

5.30–9.00 pm, Friday 18 May — Bowali Visitor Centre

Kick off Taste of Kakadu 2018 with the park's traditional owners and award-winning singer-songwriter Shellie Morris.

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Fried saltbush Photo by Fervor

Fervor: pop-up dining in the heart of Kakadu (BOOKED OUT)

6.00–9.00 pm, Sunday 27 May — Location to be confirmed

Fervor uses locally-sourced native produce to create pop-up dining experiences in some of Australia’s most unusual locations.

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Something Wild Green Ant Gin

Green Ant Gin tasting with Daniel Motlop

6.00–7.00 pm, Friday 25 May — Jim Jim Room foyer, Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Join AFL footballer turned foodie Daniel Motlop for a tasting of this very unusual gin.

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Timeless traditions. Contemporary cuisine.

At Kakadu, we've enjoyed bush food for thousands of generations.
Now we invite you to join us.

With bush tucker delicacies from barramundi to Kakadu plums, there is something 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.


  • Pop-up dining events
  • Forage walks with traditional owners
  • Rock art gallery events
  • Canape cruises
  • Ancestral stories by the campfire
  • A unique gateway to Kakadu's extraordinary culture.

An outdoor dining experience like no other

Guests at Taste 2017 enjoyed a delightful array of bush foods, including wildflower granitas, crocodile canapes and emu chorizo.

A lucky few were whisked away to an unforgettable 10-course degustation in a little-known part of the park. There they soaked in the sun as it set over one of Kakadu’s most picturesque vistas, and sampled unique bush flavours prepared by Fervor.

Here's what visitors had to say about Taste 2017...

Dianne Sullivan, Darwin, Northern Territory

What an amazing experience last night at the Taste of Kakadu degustation dinner. It was held at Koongarra Saddle (Blue Tongue Dreaming) looking out to the escarpment near Nourlangie in Kakadu.

This place has been closed to the public for 20 years. Traditional Owner Jeffrey Lee shared his story and place with us. The food created by Fervor was incredible. Feeling grateful living in this beautiful country.

—Dianne Sullivan, Darwin, Northern Territory

Christine Phillip, Gold Coast, Queensland

The Ubirr forage walk gave me a whole new perspective on Kakadu.

—Christine Phillip, Gold Coast, Queensland

Naomi Hoey, Darwin, Northern Territory

Fantastic night indeed! Thanks to Jeff for sharing his stories of strength and perseverance. And thanks to all others involved – I'd highly recommend an experience like this with Fervor.

—Naomi Hoey, Darwin, Northern Territory