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Taste of Kakadu a festival to savour

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TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT: Kakadu has an abundance of seasonal bush tucker to sample.

TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT: Kakadu has an abundance of seasonal bush tucker to sample.


Discover foods, stories and customs of world's oldest living culture over 10 busy days.


Australia's premier Indigenous food and cultural festival, Taste of Kakadu, is back in 2022 with a tantalising program of events and activities to delight the senses.

Running from 20-29 May, the festival will take guests on an taste, sound and visual journey to discover the foods, stories and customs that have sustained the world's oldest living culture for more than 40,000 years.

Highlights from the program include:

A Bush Tucker Experience - Anme Garri-ginj-ye (means "Let's cook food"): Join the Murumburr family group to enjoy a range of tasty seasonal bush tucker including, fish, yams, water lilies and more in the beautiful surrounds of the Patonga Homestead community at the edge of the Jim Jim River system with magnificent birdlife.

Discover the local knowledge of the Bininj/Mungguy seasonal foods and gain insight into the history, culture and rich bush food heritage of this remarkable place.

As the sun sets on the edge of Murdudjurl Billabong, Paul "Yoda" Iskov from Fervor will serve appetising canapes accompanied by an acoustic music performance by Shellie Morris.

Kakadu Dreaming - Dinner Under the Stars: Head to Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre to enjoy this exclusive one-off event, which includes a succulent three-course Indigenous local menu, with Kakadu plum flakes, crocodile popcorn, local barramundi and more.

Pre-dinner drinks, canapes and three-hour beverage package will be enjoyed throughout the night.

Chef Paul Garreffa and Ben Tyler from Kakadu Kitchen will prepare food in a traditional ground oven and use local ingredients to create the best flavours from the NT and Kakadu.

Indigenous Guided Bush Tucker Walk - Join a local guide for a bush tucker walk in Mamukala through magnificent wetlands and woodlands.

The guide will share their intimate knowledge of the area's edible plants and animals, explaining their stories, their many uses and the ways they are affected by the seasons.

Yellow Water Canape Cruise - Take a late-afternoon cruise on Yellow Water and enjoy flavoursome food and drinks.

The host will prepare an array of native-inspired canapes accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine while cruising one of the park's most spectacular wetland ecosystems amid wildlife including saltwater crocs and a range of birdlife.

Indigenous Ground Oven Class - Sample local meats and in-season flavourings and see how a traditional ground oven is prepared. Bininj leaders Krystle Dalton and Lewis Ah Fat will prepare local ingredients to create mouth-watering flavours at Cooinda.

Indigenous Cooking Classes - Chef Paul Garreffa will add a modern twist to local Indigenous cooking. Learn new recipes and enjoy the food that sustained Indigenous Australians for millenia.

Both classes include a three-course dinner and post-class drinks at Mimi's Restaurant in Cooinda Lodge.

More events will be announced.