Kakadu National Park

18–27 May 2018

Taste of Kakadu 2018 has a huge range of cultural and culinary events.

From basket-weaving to buffalo ground ovens, these sessions explore the fascinating food culture that has sustained Kakadu’s people for thousands of years.

Please note that some events, times and locations may be subject to change.

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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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Barramundi cooking over coals with paperbark leaves

Family feast at Anbangbang Billabong

7.30 am – 2.00 pm, Monday 21 May — Anbangbang Billabong

Experience a traditional cook-up beside Anbangbang Billabong as guests of the local Hunter family.

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Cruise boat on Yellow Water

Canape cruise on Yellow Water Billabong

4.30–6.30 pm on 21, 23, 24 and 26 May — Departs from Cooinda Lodge

Enjoy tasty canapes and a glass of sparkling as you glide through spectacular wetlands.

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Clayton Donovan

Clayton Donovan ground oven cook-up

1.30 pm – 2.30 pm — Bowali Visitor Centre

Hatted Indigenous chef Clayton Donovan puts his own spin on a traditional ground oven.

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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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Ben and Kylie-Lee from Kakadu Kitchen

Kakadu Kitchen Bush Tucker Tasting Walk

Sunday 20, Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 May — Patonga Homestead (pick up at Cooinda)

Join Kakadu Kitchen's Ben Tyler and Kylie-Lee Bradford for a revealing look at the park's bush foods and traditions.

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Zach Green

Zach Green interactive masterclass

Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 May — Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Cooinda Lodge

Join up-and-coming Indigenous chef Zach Green for a tasty and informative cooking class showcasing native ingredients.

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Daniel Motlop

An evening with Daniel Motlop

6.00–7.00 pm, Saturday 26 May — Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel bar

Footy player turned foodie Daniel Motlop shares his remarkable life story at the Croc Hotel bar.

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Billabong Safari Camp owner Mandy Muir leading a bush tucker walk

Billabong Safari Camp bush food experience

Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May 2018 — Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp

See and taste Kakadu with traditional owners on this intimate, fully catered two-night camp.

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Mawurndaddja tour.

Mawurndaddja cultural tour

2.00–9.20 pm, Thursday 24 and Saturday 26 May — Departs Jabiru hotels

This exceptional excursion takes in three of the Kakadu region's cultural and culinary highlights. Experience a river cruise, rock art and a delectable restaurant meal fusing Indigenous and Asian cuisines.

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Nourlangie (Burrungkuy)

Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) bush food walk and talk

Monday 21, Wednesday 23, Friday 25 May — Nourlangie (Burrungkuy)

Join a traditional owner to explore Nourlangie, an iconic area of Kakadu that hums with ancient spirits and stories.

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Grow Tours food safari

Sunset food safari

5.00–8.00 pm, Saturday 19 May — Bowali Visitor Centre

The crew behind Darwin's Dreamtime Bakehouse and Grow Tours host a twilight banquet in the park.

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Rock art at Ubirr. Photo by Tourism NT

Ubirr walk and talk (BOOKED OUT)

9.30–11.30 am, Thursday 24 May — Meet at Ubirr carpark

The ancient rock art galleries at Ubirr host stories, a yam cook-up and a talk on traditional spears.

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Traditional bush foods

Bush tucker talk

12.00–1.00 pm, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May — Bowali Visitor Centre theatre

Sit down with Bininj woman Mandy Muir for an absorbing look at the foods that have sustained Kakadu's people for thousands of years.

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Green ants, a traditional bush food

Festival Hub at Bowali

Friday 18 May to Sunday 20 May — Bowali Visitor Centre

With tasty bush foods and plenty of fun activities, the Festival Hub is the place for locals and visitors to hang out during Taste of Kakadu.

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Man me exhibition.

Man Me art exhibition

9.00 am – 4.30 pm every day from 19 May — Marrawuddi Gallery, Bowali Visitor Centre

Need a break from eating? Feed your eyes at this intriguing installation of Aboriginal art.

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Painting workshop at Taste of Kakadu

Painting with Jacqueline Cahill

6.00–7.00 pm and 7.00–8.00pm, Monday 21, Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 May — Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel gallery

Marvel at the skills of one of Kakadu's best local artists at this interactive workshop for all ages.

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Bartender pouring cocktail

Kakadu Cocktails at the Croc

6.00 pm – late, every night — Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel bar

Sit back and indulge yourself with a delicious bush food-inspired cocktail made from local ingredients.

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Buffalo cooked in a ground oven

Ground oven feast

Thursday 24, Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May — Bowali Visitor Centre and Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Join park rangers and Bininj for mouthwatering local fare slow-cooked in a ground oven.

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Weaving food baskets

Traditional food art

Every day from 19 to 27 May — Bowali Visitor Centre and Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Sit with local artisans to have a go at traditional weaving, painting and other crafts.

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Dale Austin playing the didgeridoo

Didgeridoo painting workshop

1.00 pm – 5.00 pm, Thursday 24 May — Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Paint your own didgeridoo to take home at this fun workshop with an Indigenous artist.

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Movie night at the croc.

Movie night at the Croc

7.30 pm, Monday 21 and Thursday 24 May — Jim Jim Room, Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Kick back with a great Australian film at our free movie nights.

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Artist Dale Austin

Spear making workshop

1.00 pm – 3.00 pm, Saturday 19 May — Bowali Visitor Centre

Learn to make spears the traditional way at this hands-on workshop.

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Ngombur man Dale Austin

Spear throwing with Dale Austin

3.00 pm – 5.30 pm, Friday 25 and Sunday 27 May — Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Want to try your arm at spear throwing? Ngombur man Dale Austin hosts this fun and free activity for the whole family.

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Kids cooking at Tuckeroo

Tuckeroo mini-masterchef competition

3.00–4.00 pm, Sunday 20 May — Bowali Visitor Centre

Tuckeroo is a chance for kids to grab their aprons and get cooking under the professional guidance of celebrity chef Zach Green.

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