The highlight of the Carnarvon leg of the Gascoyne Food Festival is the Long Table Lunch, held at Bentwaters Plantation. This year’s lunch attracted over 300 guests, from locals to industry partners and overseas visitors. The meal was cooked by a team of chefs assembled from around the state.

I’ve come to know most of these chefs over the last few years, and it was fantastic to see them come together as a team. Egos never disappear completely, but plenty of them were put aside for the benefit of the guests and the chefs did the region’s produce proud. The event was expertly hosted by Rayne Embley.

As you can see from the menu, the guests were treated to a fantastic feast. My personal highlights were Amy Hamilton’s Vietnamese prawn cocktail, Stuart Laws’ merguez bao and Sophie Budd’s Caranarvon mess.

See below for a collection of photos from the lunch.  Next year will be the tenth Gascoyne Food Festival, and it’s sure to be a big event – start planning your trip now.