It's absolutely crab-ulous! Matt's back for a sea foodie fiesta

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A Queensland celebrity chef is set to serve up his so-fish-ticated passion for fresh seafood at St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend in June.

Matt Golinski, who whisked his way around the Isaac’s premier nature adventure last year, is back with the Greater Whitsunday Food Network (GWFN) Farm to Plate celebrations.

The 2019 GWFN Farm to Plate lunch and bus tour will showcase produce from St Lawrence and its surrounds, with a focus on fresh seafood from the Isaac coast including chili mud crab, barramundi and prawns.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the region is proud to whisk the former Ready, Steady, Cook star back to whip up some of the Isaac coast’s best produce.

“Matt is an incredible and resilient human being and his passion for creating food and sharing his passion with us once again is absolutely crab-ulous,” Mayor Baker said.

“He’s got a recipe for success and we are exceptionally proud to team up with Greater Whitsunday Food Network.

“This is a seafood experience that will no doubt make those who miss out jellyfish.”

Greater Whitsunday Food Network president Deb McLucas said Matt will be cooking up a storm for visitors and locals alike at Isaac’s premier nature adventure at St Lawrence.

“Foodies can join in a full-day food sensation experience starting in Mackay which will then make its way to the award-winning Sarina Sugar Shed,” Ms McLucas said.

“Then our foodies can indulge in a seafood lunch cooked by our celebrity chef Matt as part of the St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend festival.

“Visitors then can continue on to experience farm life in the Isaac, with local farm-gate stops and tastings.”

The Greater Whitsunday Food Network Farm to Plate events are in their fifth year, with sponsorship and support from Reef Catchments through funding from the Australian Government National Landcare Program.

This is the first time the network has teamed up with Isaac Regional Council’s premier regional nature event.

The full-day food bus tour from Mackay to St Lawrence via the Sarina Sugar shed is $160.

Attendees for the weekend festivities at the Wetlands Weekend can attend the lunch for $100.

St Lawrence will burst into life with an immersive experience of creativity, education, family fun, live entertainment and mouth-watering food this June 7-9.

Matt will join the line up with Costa Georgiadis, who is a presenter on ABC television’s Gardening Australia, will be digging into his field of knowledge to share at the St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend.

Mackay band Mango Junction will be back again to rock the wetlands at the Bushman’s Dinner with award winning cooks the Bait Layers plus tours of the wetlands, historic town and bush skills workshops will spark the curiosity in festival-goers.

Camping and caravan facilities are available on-site or stay in style in a glamping tent.

Follow Isaac Regional Council’s Facebook page for when tickets go on sale on April 15.

For more information visit, phone 1300 ISAACS (1300 47 22 27) or visit an Isaac Regional Council office.