Mandurah Crab Fest returns with new three-year agreement

The popular Mandurah Crab Fest is locked in for the next three years as part of a new agreement with the McGowan Government.
  • New three-year agreement for popular Mandurah Crab Fest
  • Festival to showcase some of the Peel region's best attractions and produce
  • The event is supported by the McGowan Government through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program 

The popular Mandurah Crab Fest is locked in for the next three years as part of a new agreement with the McGowan Government.

The signature weekend of culinary events and entertainment will take place from 18 to 19 March 2023 and return in 2024 and 2025.

Past events attracted an average audience of more than 100,000 and injected more than $1.1 million into the Peel region.

The new three-year agreement is through Tourism Western Australia's Regional Events Program funding that attracts people to regional areas across the State to support tourism businesses, create job opportunities and raise the profile of the region.

Crab Fest is one of WA's biggest free regional community events, showcasing two days of amazing food and entertainment while celebrating the Peel region's iconic blue manna crab.

This year's free music, cooking and children's entertainment stage events will be enhanced by several ticketed experiences to reel in locals and visitors and delight the palates of food and wine enthusiasts.

Australian singer-songwriter Vanessa Amorosi will headline this year alongside one of the nation's most beloved TV chefs and event ambassador, 'Fast Ed' Halmagyi, as well as cooking stage host Paul West.

Crab and seafood dishes will be supplemented with a range of other fresh food offerings, plus action sports on the Western Foreshore and a fireworks display.

Find out more about the event on the Crab Fest website and purchase tickets at

Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Roger Cook:

"I'm very pleased to announce WA Government funding, through Tourism WA, for another three years of Crab Fest, an important regional event that brings thousands of visitors to Mandurah and the wider Peel region, injecting more than $1.1 million into the local economy.

"This much-loved annual event supports local businesses and celebrates Mandurah's famous blue manna crabs while offering a family-friendly festival atmosphere on the foreshore.

"This funding announcement is a positive step to put Crab Fest back on WA's events calendar - I know many people are looking forward to this event and will be delighted to see its return."

Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Don Punch:

"The award-winning Crab Fest is a much anticipated and valued local event that brings significant economic benefits for Peel businesses.

"It will be fantastic to see Crab Fest return for 2023 and beyond, showing off the Peel's famous blue manna crabs and delivering a unique experience for the region."

Comments attributed to Mandurah MLA David Templeman:

"I am absolutely delighted to hear that Crab Fest has received funding through the McGowan Government for another three years.

"Crab Fest is a wonderful community event that brings in many visitors and helps create jobs for locals.

"I will be heading down this year with my family as it is always a great weekend in our beautiful region."

Tourism Minister's office - 6552 6500

Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6900