Food festivals offer a taste of the NT

Prime Minister Scott Morrison receives a laksa kit from NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner.

The Northern Territory has hosted two festivals this month that showcased the importance of food and cuisine in the Top End.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner presented a Darwin-inspired laksa kit to Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the month-long Darwin Laksa Festival which is currently being held at a range of dining venues until the end of the month.

The Territory’s close proximity to Asia has created a unique culinary environment, with the NT’s laksas now recognised as being amongst the best in the world.

In late October, Darwin also hosted the Mango Madness Festival with 26 restaurants, bars and cafes in Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield participating.

The NT is Australia’s largest grower of mangoes, producing more than half of the national crop, with this key event hosted by the NT Mango Industry Association.

Rebecca McCaig, director of Northern Territory Business Events, said the two festivals highlighted the NT’s impressive array of fresh produce and diverse cuisine options.

“With food and beverage such important elements of business events, we invite planners to talk to our venues about how the NT’s special produce can feature in their events, including the unique opportunity to also include Aboriginal bush foods,” she said.

“What better way to show delegates how the NT is ‘different in every sense for business events’?”