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Karijini Culinary Experience

by Jo Durbridge | Jul 15, 2015

 

After spending the morning exploring some of the gorges of Karijini National Park, my stomach was rumbling and ready for the Karijini Culinary Experience!

Located in the Karijini Eco Retreat Restaurant the multicourse lunch went down a treat!  The wines by Miles From Nowhere were delicious, hit the spot, and matched the different courses.

Celebrity Chef Mark Olive and a team of students from the Pilbara Institute cooked up a storm!  The waiters and waitress were also from the Pilbara Insititute and did a great job of replenishing our glasses and serving up course after course of yummy food!

Karijini Experience menu The multi-course menu had our mouths watering.

Mark donned a headset and in between cooking, he explained his passion for bush foods and encouraged us to use the bushfood condiments on the table to enhance the flavours of the menu. 

I couldn't pick a favourite dish. From the marinated lamb cutlet, dusted with Kutjura on a bed of river mint mash, to the seared prawn fettuccine in lemon myrtle butter - it was all delicious.

 Karijini Culinary Experience

The lamb - yum!

Even though we were all stuffed to the gills, somehow we managed to fit in a dessert -  desert lime and quandong icecream  - generous scoops in waffle cones served by Mark himself.

As I waddled off to my eco tent, I was a bit concerned that given the massive amount of food I ate, that Qantas would charge me extra baggage on my return trip to Perth!

I thoroughly enjoyed The Karijini Experience.  Not only were the events well organised and great fun, bit it was fantastic to see the inland Pilbara community come together and support each other, and show visitors to the region a great time in the beautiful Karijini National Park. I highly recommend the event and am hoping to head back next year.  If you want to know more follow The Karijini Experience on Facebook.

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