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. More sessions will be added soon.

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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Fried saltbush Photo by Fervor

Fervor: pop-up dining in the heart of Kakadu

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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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 two-night camp.

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Ben and Kylie-Lee from Kakadu Kitchen

Kakadu Kitchen bush tucker tasting walk

Sunday 20, Monday 21 and Wednesday 23 May — Patonga Homestead

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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Nourlangie (Burrungkuy)

Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) bush food walk and talk

21, 23, 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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Kakadu plum

Festival grand opening

Friday 18 May — Bowali Visitor Centre

Kick off Taste of Kakadu 2018 with the park's traditional owners.

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Green ants, a traditional bush food

Festival Hub at Bowali

Friday to Sunday — 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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Bartender pouring cocktail

Kakadu Cocktails at the Croc

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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Man me gallery.

Man Me art exhibition

Every day — Murrawuddi Gallery, Bowali Visitor Center

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

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Guests on the Man Me artist walk

Man Me artist walk

Friday 18 May — Bowali Visitor Centre

Join local artists for an inspiring stroll from Bowali to Jabiru past beautiful outdoor artworks.

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Sunrise on Yellow Water. Photo by Tourism NT

Yellow Water sunrise cruise and bush breakfast

Tuesday 22 May — Yellow Water Billabong

Start the day with birds, beautiful scenery and a tempting bush breakfast.

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Zach Green

Zach Green interactive masterclass

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

Join up-and-coming Indigenous chef Zach Green for an insight into the stories, culture and traditional foods of the Kakadu area.

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Barramundi cooking over coals with paperbark leaves

Family feast at Anbangbang Billabong

Saturday 19 May — Anbangbang Billabong

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

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Traditional bush foods

Bush tucker talk

Wednesday 23 May — Bowali Visitor Centre

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

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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 — Yellow Water Billabong

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

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Buffalo cooked in a ground oven

Ground oven feast

18 and 24–27 May — Bowali Visitor Centre and Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre

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

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A guide on the Guluyambi Cruise

Guluyambi Cruise

Every day from 19 to 26 May — East Alligator River

Take a unique food-themed cruise revealing the intricate and abundant food chain of the vast East Alligator River.

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Guluyambi Cultural Cruise. Photo by Tourism NT

Guluyambi mystery tours

Time to be confirmed

Do you like surprises? Then you'll love our food-themed mystery tours of a secret Kakadu location.

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Mandy Muir, traditional owner

Language talk with Mandy Muir

Time to be confirmed — Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Traditional owner Mandy Muir will connect you with Kakadu's languages and share her culture and local kinship.

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Painting workshop at Taste of Kakadu

Painting with Jacqueline Cahill

21–25 May — Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel gallery

Marvel at the delicate skills of one of Kakadu's best local artists.

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Rock art at Ubirr. Photo by Tourism NT

Ubirr walk and talk

Thursday 24 May — Ubirr, East Alligator region

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

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Weaving food baskets

Weaving food baskets

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

Sit with local ladies to have a go at traditional weaving. You'll be mesmerised by these women's immense skills as they weave food baskets from pandanus leaves.

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Sharon Winsor

Sharon Winsor interactive presentation

Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May — Bowali Visitor Centre

Indigiearth founder Sharon Winsor draws on 60,000 years of Aboriginal culture in this eye-opening presentation.

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Kids cooking at Tuckeroo

Tuckeroo mini-masterchef competition

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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