Come along to the Bushfoods Picnic!

This weekend’s first Alice Desert Festival Bushfoods Picnic is shaping up to be a great day for all the family. There’ll be plenty of entertainment and food, so grab a picnic rug and head out to the Quandong Farm for lunch in the sun!


The event will feature the Bushfoods Iron Chef Cook Off. We’re challenging our chefs to cook over a campfire with mystery ingredients. One of this Sunday’s contestants, Chris Messenger, hails from England and has worked in kitchens with the likes of Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey. Having only arrived in Australia 3 months ago Chris had never heard of any of the Australian Bushfoods, let alone cooked with them, so come along and see him compete with the locals.

The event will see the launch of Alice On The Menu. This map will allow diners to follow the map to various eateries and find exciting, one of a kind dishes made with local produce and native Australian Bushfoods.

The second heat of the Recipe Competition will also be taking place during the picnic. Come and cheer on local cooks as they try their best to impress the judges!


Food available from the Bean Tree Cafe, Kungka’s Can Cook and freshly baked damper. You will also have the chance to taste some amazing one off recipes from the entrants of the Recipe Competition and Iron Chef teams.

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Venue   Presented by
Bushfoods Picnic at the Quandong Farm, Lot 7776 Buck Rd, Ilparpa


  Red Hot Arts Central Australia
Sunday, 26 August, 11am to 2pm


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