I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. Having 2 young kids with endless energy, we are always on the lookout for new outdoor activities.
[ADVERT]I used to think there's nothing much to do in Perth on the weekends, especially with very limited Sunday trading to be had. However since I found out about all the community events organised by various city councils around Perth, I had to admit to myself how wrong I had been. Mandurah Crabfest is another annual festival that makes Perth such a lively and family-friendly city to live in. With a longer history than many other community events (it's now in its 14th year), it is reported to have attracted up to 100,000 people every year, so we can be sure that the organisers will be quite serious in giving the best they can to maintain their popularity.
In case you have any doubt, yes, Crabfest stands for Crab Festival and crabs will be featured in activities such as interactive cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs, a showcase of seafood in the gourmet food area and crabbing tours (by Bouvard Cruises, fee applies). This year the organiser said that there would also be fresh crabs to take home!
Even if you're not really a fan of crabs, it is a pity to miss visiting Mandurah's Eastern Foreshore during these two full days of activities (17 and 18 March 2012). Market stalls, live performances and amusements (with a special area for children), and a fireworks display on Saturday evening ought to entertain both the young and the old.
The Mandurah Action Sports Games will also be held at the same location that weekend, with some of Australia's top wakeboarders competing on the water of Mandjar Bay. Seemingly impossible manoeuvres would also be displayed by water-skiers, skateboarders, motorcross and bmx riders participating in the games.
If you're the type that would rather do something than watch others, there are opportunities to participate, either as a volunteer, in a painting competition, or by putting in an application for one of the temporary stalls. Visit City of Mandurah's website as it has all the details and necessary forms to do so.
Live Entertainment schedules for 2nd day of Crabfest (Sunday, 18 March):
Main Stage (southern end of Eastern Foreshore, nearest to Old Mandurah Bridge):
10-11am: Jonny Taylor
11am-12pm: Brett Hardwick Trio
3-5pm: Darren Reid and the Soul City Groove
Cooking Stage: Cooking demonstrations and competitions.
Children's Stage (northern end of Eastern Foreshore, next to playground):
10-10.50am: Fairy Show
11-11.30am: Shane Thompson
11.30am-12pm: Vince Magic
12-12.30pm: Ben 10
12.30-1.15pm: Kangaroo Greek Gang
1.15-1.45pm: Ben 10
1.45-2.15pm: Vince Magic
2.45-3.30pm: Kangaroo Greek Gang
3.30-4pm: Shane Thompson
EYRES Action Sports Games (subject to change):
Wakeboarding: 8.30-10am and 1-2.45pm in the water of Mandjar Bay, near Old Mandurah Bridge.
Skateboarding/ BMX Riding: 10-4.30pm at Skate & BMX Area, Western Foreshore.
Shortboarding: 10-11.20am at Shorboard Zone.
Waterskiing: 11.20am-1pm at Jump Zone.