Full Flavoured Foodie Experiences That Are Quintessentially NT

As with most things in the Territory, the NT’s flavours and ingredients are bigger, better and more colourful than most. Taking influence from the region’s bounty of bush tucker, NT tourism operators focus on using local flavours and produce to create some truly Territorian tastes. While the flavours are as diverse as the landscapes themselves, one thing’s for sure – Northern Territory cuisine is about getting out and about and experiencing the very best of what’s on offer. To that end, Tourism NT has pulled together a wrap up of must-do, must-see and must-eat foodie festivals, markets and experiences to give visitors a true taste of the Territory.


Tjungu Festival, Uluru – 25–29 April 2018
Now in its third year, Tjungu Festival will return to Voyages Ayers Rock Resort in April, celebrating the best of Australian Aboriginal culture through art, performance and most importantly food and markets. Attendees can kick back and enjoy the entertainment from a selection of traditional and contemporary Indigenous musicians, all while sampling an array of bush foods at the interactive markets, masterclasses and exclusive outdoor dining experiences.

A Taste of Kakadu, Kakadu National Park – 18 – 27 May 2018
World Heritage-listed Kakadu is not only the winner of best Major Tourist Attraction in Australia at the recent Australian Tourism Awards, it is also a place bursting with fresh food and culture. Held in the tropical Top End, A Taste of Kakadu encourages foodies to indulge in bush tucker delicacies from barramundi to Magpie Goose. Expect boutique dinners, campfire stories, bush tucker walks, cooking demos, sunset tasting sessions, and hunting and gathering talks with some of the best Indigenous chefs in the country.

Territory Taste FestivalDarwin – 2-3 June 2018
Sample some of the best food and wine in the Top End at the Territory Taste Festival. For one weekend, Northern Territory primary producers, farmers, growers, suppliers and bush harvest experts showcase the culinary delights of the NT. Live music, masterclasses and demonstrations are set to keep guests entertained as festivities spill out on Darwin’s Waterfront Precinct and restaurants around the city.

Greek Glenti Festival, Darwin – 9-10 June 2018
Held in the historic Bicentennial Park in Darwin, the 30th Annual Greek Glenti Festival is a great opportunity to share in the vibrant culture of the Top End’s local Greek community. With a mix of local and interstate acts as well a seemingly everlasting supply of grilled octopus, souvlaki and sweet Greek delicacies, not to mention an array of Greek wines and beers to wash it all down, it’s a must-do for any culinary connoisseur.

Mahbilil Festival, Kakadu National Park – 1 September 2018
Held by the banks of Jabiru Lake, this festival celebrating Kakadu culture occurs every year. The Mahbilil Festival, named after the cooling afternoon breeze, brings together locals and tourists alike to experience an array of music, dance, bush foods, art, workshops and Aboriginal culture.

One of the most popular experiences at Mahbilil is the bush food masterclass. Try hands-on activities like plucking and preparing a Magpie Goose or watch a traditional Gungarre ground-oven been built. There’s also the hotly contested Magpie Goose cooking competition where locals wow the judges with their culinary creations. There’s plenty to learn and to eat at this iconic Aboriginal community event.

With native and local ingredients contributing so much to the NT’s unique cuisine, there’s no better way to sample the wide array of exotic produce on offer than with a stroll through some of the Territory’s trademark open-air markets.

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Darwin (April to October in The Dry Season)
Mindil Beach Sunset Markets offer food trucks with delectable eats, sea breezes and views to die for. They run twice weekly from April through to October and  bring together more than 60 stalls that boast culinary delights from Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Portugal.

There are more than 1,200 menu items on offer so you could come back every week and have something new to try. For a true Top End treat, stop by the Road Kill Café for one of its slightly unusual burgers of croc, roo, buffalo and even camel and possum, which are all on the menu for the more adventurous eaters.

Darwin’s Weekend Markets
Darwin’s open-air markets extend beyond the city centre, with weekends seeing sleepy suburban shopping plazas transformed into vibrant open-air markets. For the early risers and local-produce lovers, Nightcliff Markets, Palmerston, Rapid Creek Markets (the Top End’s oldest) and Malak Marketplace are Darwin institutions and offer an abundance of produce from growers from Darwin and surrounds. With everything from herbs to Asian greens, tropical fruits and flavours on offer, the suburban markets are a great way to eat like a local.

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