Flinders Island Food and Crayfish Festival

Where Wilderness Makes For Wonderful Foods

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Flinders Island Food and Crayfish Festival

Flinders Island Food and Crayfish Festival in April celebrates sharing and community, appreciating the diversity of nature and the enjoyment of good, fresh, locally sourced foods. The festival is held on Flinders Island in the Bass Strait, where the cool and clear waters nurture the crayfish that are the highlight of the festival. Celebrated chefs will get together with community growers, fishermen and family to gather, prepare, and present featured cuisine for dining al fresco at a long lunch on the island shared with visitors and friends.

What Is It?

Flinders Island is rugged and full of life. Wilderness areas and pristine beaches set the stage for a food and wine lover’s feast that puts the emphasis on the planting, fishing, producing and preparing of the island’s finest natural and organic foods and seafoods. As crayfish are abundant and the focus of the festival, the festival is proud to again have the only crayfish fisherman on the island contribute his skills and personality to the weekend. In his 70s, Jack Wheatley is a legend. His father and grandfather were crayfish fishermen and he is happy to be a part of the festival, where his catch will be the star.

What Can You Expect?

Islanders and their families, as well as visitors will be able to reserve for the long lunch held on Saturday of the weekend festival. Learning about foraging and gathering plants, herbs and produce, fishing and boating, walking the island’s trails and among the field grasses, are all part of the weekend. Farmers and fishermen, divers and hunters, along with a selection of excellent chefs and sommeliers will be on hand all weekend to demonstrate the importance of how to preserve the local economy, ecology, health and community by using local ingredients in innovative-yet-simple ways to produce appetizers, main dishes and desserts that respect the island’s heritage.

When and Where?

The Flinders Island Food and Crayfish Festival takes place every April. Exact date to be announced in December of this year. Flinders Island is located in the Furneaux Island group off the northeastern coast of Tasmania.

To get there, take a one hour flight from Melbourne or grab the ferry from Bridgeport to reach the island. Charter flights are also available.

Local Tips

The long lunch on the Saturday afternoon of the festival is filled with the flavour and feel of the island itself. Fish cooked on wood planks and lamb roasted on seaweed over iron grates were just some of the many original and unpretentious dishes prepared by last year’s chefs. This year promises to be even more exciting. Boating and fishing along with diving and hunting are all related activities that can be booked to enjoy on the island during festival days. The exact location of the lunch and related demonstrations will be announced closer to the time as weather will be considered for an optimal experience.

Tickets

The festival’s optional long lunch reservations are $240 AUD per person, with additional activities and tour opportunities on the island available for purchase during the festival days.

What to Do

Flinders Island Walking Adventure

Flinders Island

With its mesmerising mix of spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and aboriginal and european history, Flinders Island is the gem in the crown of Island walking in Tasmania. Over this diverse and rewarding itinerary you will experience 6 days walking the rugged peaks and sweeping coast lines of this windswept Island, taking the time to swim in the crystal clear waters and photograph the endless picture perfect vistas. You have the opportunity to summit the dramatic granite peaks of both Mt Killiecrankie and Mt Strzelecki , the second of which is the highest point on the island at 756m giving you spectacular 360 degree views of Flinders Island in its entirety. Although a small island of only 1,333 square kilometres, Flinders Island hosts an amazing array of ecosystems from dunes and lagoons to woodland and mountainous granite ridges which produce spectacular and unique species of flaura and a profusion of fauna which freely roams the island, it is also the only remaining habitat of the common wombat which you may be lucky enough to spot on your adventure. With scenic flights included from Launceston you are only a hop, skip and a jump away from your next unforgetable walking adventure!

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Where to Stay

Island Quarters

Whitemark - North East Coast

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.3 km from Whitemark Ferry Terminal and within 20 km of Trousers Point Beach and Strzelecki National Park. Furneaux Museum is 19.8 km away.
This apartment building features laundry facilities, a garden, and a front-desk safe. Free WiFi in public areas, free self parking, and a free airport shuttle are also provided.
Each apartment provides a kitchen with a refrigerator, a stovetop, a microwave, and a dishwasher. For a bit of entertainment, a flat-screen TV comes with satellite channels, and guests can also appreciate conveniences like a washer/dryer and a sofa bed. Limited housekeeping is available.

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Whitemark - North East Coast

Situated in Whitemark, this cabin is 4.5 km from Whitemark Ferry Terminal and within 20 km of Furneaux Museum and Trousers Point Beach. Strzelecki National Park and Furneaux Museum are also within 25 km.

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Blue Rocks - North East Coast

This beachfront cabin is located in Blue Rocks, close to Furneaux Museum. Regional attractions also include Furneaux Museum and Whitemark Ferry Terminal.

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Lady Barron Holiday Home

Lady Barron - North East Coast

Situated in Lady Barron, this vacation home is within 2 km of Lady Barron Wharf and St. Barnabas Anglican Church. Whitemark Ferry Terminal and Trousers Point Beach are also within 32 km.

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