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Gourmet Experiences in WA Issue Seven

Mar 20, 2015 -- Posted by : admin

WAITOC announces Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery as the seventh featured operator in a series of Aboriginal food and drink showcase experiences in WA

Western Australia Indigenous Tourism Operators Council’s (WAITOC) Chairman, Robert Taylor is pleased to feature another member as part of the Aboriginal Gourmet Experience series for 2014 in line with the recent launch of Restaurant Australia by Tourism Australia inviting the world to dinner.

Over the course of 2014 WAITOC has been showcasing Aboriginal Gourmet Experiences across Australia, from food and produce, seafood, food events, cafes and restaurants.

Number seven in this series is WAITOC Aboriginal tourism operator member, Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery.   Unique to Perth, Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery is an Aboriginal owned and operated enterprise offering cultural activities, talks, performances and bush tucker as well as beautiful artwork by local Aboriginal artists. Our gorgeous hand painted glass and wood ware make perfect gifts and souvenirs. Maalinup also offers napery, scarves and T Shirts featuring Aboriginal designs, and a range of Australiana souvenirs. Owners Dale and Lyall make soap, skincare, returning boomerangs and artefacts for the gallery. Drop in daily 10 am to 5 pm to taste sauces, jams, chutneys, relishes, dukkahs and more from our Bush Tucker range and find those rare Australian native herbs, spices and peppers.

Owner of Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery, Dale Tilbrook said “you don’t have to venture far when arriving in Perth to experience bush tucker. We offer Bush Tucker Talks and Tastings: learn about how we travelled across the land according to our six seasons and Aboriginal unique knowledge that allowed us to meet in large numbers for ceremony, accessing the abundant food sources available in different areas at different times; discover how the biodiversity of the South West provided a huge array of food and how Aboriginal people “farmed” the land; try some mereny (vegetable food) and finish off with some delectable goodies.

Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery is renowned for delicious bush tucker cakes, jams tarts and savouries prepared for special occasions.  We are happy to cater for your next event.  We also partner with the Swan Valley Oasis Resort to present Kedalak Kening (nightime corroboree) for groups, an evening of Aboriginal dance, storytelling and bush tucker.

The Swan Valley region of Perth, Western Australia is built on a unique history and heritage blending Aboriginal, pioneering colonial and southern European roots.

Speaking of Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery, Simon Haigh, CEO of WAITOC said, "WAITOC's Aboriginal Gourmet Experience campaign is intended to highlight the unique food, drink and culture experiences that Aboriginal tourism operators have to offer in WA.  In recent times, we have seen the growing importance of culinary tourism as a way to immerse yourself in the culture of the destination that you're visiting.  The key attributes People, Produce and Place behind Tourism Australia's Restaurant Australia campaign provides a memorable experience for the tourists.  Culinary tourism is a great way to exchange culture and is growing in popularity.  Dale Tilbrook is a great example of an Aboriginal Gourmet Experience, using 'fresh' and local flavours to be experienced in WA’s oldest wine growing regions in Australia, the Swan Valley providing an urban experience to those that visit Perth as a destination." 

Media Contact  
+61 (0)419 921 946

Ms Dale Tilbrook
Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery
+61 (0)411 112 450


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