Check these beauties off your food bucket list at Taste of Kakadu, and learn more about the foods that have sustained Indigenous people for thousands of generations.

Green ants
A limey, zingy treat that’s not be missed – look out for these little flavour-bombs in some surprising places like cheesecake and gin.

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Green ant gin tasting
Cocktails at the Croc

Green ant ice-cream | Image by Kakadu Kitchen

 

Magpie goose
Kakadu Kitchen’s Ben Tyler loves to cook magpie goose. He says in kurrung (hot dry weather season) the geese are fat from feeding on water chestnuts. It’s cooked on the coals of an open fire and tastes delicious!

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Dinner by Clayton

 

Crocodile
Crocodile is low in fat and a great source of protein. It has a texture similar to chicken, and a fishy flavour. Go on, snap some up!

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Zach Green
Dinner by Clayton

Zach Green corcodile fettucine
Crocodile fettucine | Image by Zach Green

 

Finger lime
These little super-fruits pack a mighty delicious, and nutritious, punch. Prise one open and get a look at the delicate pearls within – they’re so pretty! Then go in for a taste of the sharp, refreshing lemon-lime juice. Look out for it dressing meals around the festival and blending seamlessly into desserts and cocktails.

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Cocktails at the Croc
Dinner by Clayton

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Finger lime | Image by Malcolm Manners

 

Buffalo
Everyone loves a chunk of buffalo, hot from a traditional ground oven. There’s nothing like this tasty meat, so be sure to catch one of the ground ovens over the festival and treat yourself yourself to a hearty mouthful of Kakadu.

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Ground oven feast
Anbangbang Billabong Family Feast

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Barramundi
A visit to Kakadu isn’t complete without some barra. The NT’s favourite fish, it lives in rivers throughout Kakadu. Grab some, pan-fried, in a paperbark parcel, or fresh from the ground oven! How do you like yours?

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Family Feast at Anbangbang Billabong
Ground oven barramundi feast

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Yams
Stop by world-famous Ubirr rock art site to join in the native yam cook-up – learn more about the different native varieties and taste the difference between them. (You’ll need to try them all!)

Or taste some water yams at Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp.

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Ubirr walk and talk
Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp

 

Lemon myrtle
A delightful and iconically Australian bush food, look out for uplifting lemon myrtle dressing meats, desserts, and drinks. It’s also a key ingredient in Kakadu Tiny Tot’s Anlabal bush tea which you’ll find at the Festival Hub and on the Kakadu Kitchen bush tucker tasting walk.

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Bush teas by Kakadu Tiny Tots

 

Waterlily stem
Light, crunchy waterlily stems taste a bit like celery. Last year they formed part of Kakadu Kitchen’s bush-inspired sushi rolls. This year they’re on the menu in a waterlily and native peanut salad at the Sunset Food Safari! Keep an eye out for them at the Festival Hub and in other dishes too.

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Sunset Food Safari

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Look out for these bush foods, and many many more at over 70 individual events across Taste of Kakadu.

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