Our CEO is patron of the Gimuy Fish Festival

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  Sep 11, 2018   admin

The 2018 Gimuy Fish Festival was hailed a complete success by festival patron, Julie-ann Lambourne with three times the number of information stalls as in 2017, and visitors from around the world getting a taste of the range of tropical local produce and Indigenous culture.

Julie-ann said, “I was deeply honoured to be invited to be the patron for the 2018 festival to assist with promoting it as a premier event on the Cairns event calendar – the Gimuy festival is a celebration of Indigenous culture, a showcase for the natural environment of the region and one of the tastiest festivals of the year”.

A highlight of the day was the Gimuy cook-off which saw four Cairns restaurants using local ingredients showcasing seafood and tropical fruit and vegetables to compete for the title.

The 2018 winner is North Bar and Kitchen, Shangri-La with a dish called ‘I’ll show you sexy tuna to its albacore’. Head Chef Aaron Habgood led his team to victory against very stiff competition from three other premier restaurants from Cairns.

Gimuy Walubara Yidinji Elder and coordinator Gudju Gudju said, “The 2018 festival was the best yet, with deadly food, heaps of information stalls, traditional and modern Indigenous culture and performances by dance troupes from around the world representing Cairns’ diverse cultural heritage.”

The Gimuy Elders and Molly from Straw No More judged the amazing Marine Monstrosity pieces created by local students. Bentley Park College’s Crown of Caps sea star won the senior category, this piece was a nod to the threat of the invasive crown of thorns sea star threatening the reef. Mackillop Catholic College Prep to Year 5 created Sammy the Freshwater Sawfish from upcycled cardboard and used pencils from their art room.

Julie-ann said, “The Gimuy Fish Festival highlights the positives of our region and culture – it literally has something for everyone and is a credit to the organisers – I wish them all the best for the 2019 festival”.