Enjoy two days of award-winning Crab Fest fun

Plenty of entertainment for all: Whether you are in, on or by the water this year, there will be something for everyone with visitors of all ages expected to flock to Crab Fest 2019.
Plenty of entertainment for all: Whether you are in, on or by the water this year, there will be something for everyone with visitors of all ages expected to flock to Crab Fest 2019.

Mandurah's eastern foreshore will play host to Crab Fest once again, this year on March 16 and 17.

Crab Fest is WA’s biggest free regional community event, showcasing two days of amazing food and entertainment while celebrating the iconic blue manna crab.

The award-winning annual festival turns 21 this year.

Organisers are excited to welcome Channel 7’s Andrew O’Keefe, host of The Chase Australia and Lynne McGranger from Home and Away as Crab Fest Ambassadors.

In a flap: Mandurah's crabs are far too good to throw to the seagulls, but they do know a good feed when they see it.

In a flap: Mandurah's crabs are far too good to throw to the seagulls, but they do know a good feed when they see it.

This year’s major music acts are ARIA award winner Josh Pyke and chart topper Montaigne.

With five acclaimed top 10 albums, four ARIA Awards and countless sold out tours to his name, Josh Pyke has firmly established himself as one of Australia's most respected and beloved artists.

Montaigne has sold out two national tours, appeared at many national festivals and is writing album number two.

Paella: Follow your nose to discover a plethora of culinary treats along the foreshore and surrounds. Expect crabs and other seafood to play a starring role.

Paella: Follow your nose to discover a plethora of culinary treats along the foreshore and surrounds. Expect crabs and other seafood to play a starring role.

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The foreshore will also come alive with food, live music, plenty of free family entertainment, Channel 7 celebrities and, of course, a spectacular fireworks display over the estuary.

This year  there is an exclusive Friday night ticketed event called A Taste of Crab Fest, hosted by celebrity chef Ben O'Donoghue.

This foodie heaven will give guests a sneak peek of some of the delicious dishes from local restaurants using fresh local produce.

Organisers are also opening the waters and welcoming boaties to get closer to the action, and are creating a paddling area so the kids can splash around in the shallow waters.

Sample something tasty: Cracking open a crab is easy when you know how. Plenty of experts will be on hand to show you how it's done.

Sample something tasty: Cracking open a crab is easy when you know how. Plenty of experts will be on hand to show you how it's done.

City of Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams said each year Crab Fest attracts more than 100,000 local, national and international visitors to beautiful Mandurah.

“Crab Fest is such a great event for our community and celebrates the best that Mandurah has to offer.  It’s an integral part of WA’s annual event calendar and delivers economic benefits to our local community," he said.

“We are so proud that this year Crab Fest will be inducted into the WA Tourism Awards Hall of Fame after taking out Gold three years in row, and continues to make its mark on WA’s event calendar."

Mandurah is famous for its blue swimmer crabs and it is the ideal place to enjoy them.

Mandurah is famous for its blue swimmer crabs and it is the ideal place to enjoy them.