- Cooking demonstrations with Kenny McHardy of Manuka Woodfire Kitchen and Mini Masters finalists
- ‘Spilling the Beans’ produce session and cookery
- Free workshops open for bookings Friday 19 February – sign up to be the first to know
Manuka Woodfire Kitchen owner and chef Kenny McHardy will host mouth-watering cooking demonstrations, local produce sessions with the finalists of the Mini Masters cooking competition at the free community festival Coogee Live on March 6 and 7 along Coogee Beach.
With over 50 new events, performances, experiences, workshops, demonstrations and activations added to Coogee Live’s schedule of events, there’s now over 130 things to do across the weekend.
Some of the activities, workshops and sessions have limited numbers requiring a booking to reserve a place and all are free of charge. Registrations will open on Friday 19 February – sign up to the mailing list to be the first to know when the bookings go live.
“There are so many interesting workshops and sessions to book into from a dumpling masterclass to bush tucker and bush medicine, teenage talks, kids craft, growing, gardening and composting, upcycling, wax wraps, camel rides, animal rehabilitation, bat box building, singing, dancing, Auskick, and more,” Mayor Howlett said.
“It’s a wonderful way to get involved, get connected and learn something new.
“After the year we’ve had and the uncertain start to 2021, Coogee Live is a boost of positivity and joy for our local community and visitors to the City of Cockburn.
“We’ve ensured Coogee Live is completely free, there’s plenty of space and there really is something for everyone.”
Coogee Live has been designed with the local community in mind, to bring people of all ages and interests together to create a sense of belonging.
'In The Kitchen With Kenny' draws on chef Kenny McHardy’s background of cooking over coals, divulging all things woodfire cooking, local produce and making veggies delicious.
Accompanying Kenny on stage will be the three Mini Masters cooking competition finalists who will experience a sensory tour, light the fire at Manuka Woodfire Kitchen and experience a restaurant galley.
“Coogee Live is about community, getting involved with local kids to hopefully create some positive memories and perhaps inspire some future chefs,” Kenny said.
Skills in the kitchen continue with dynamo Brendan Pang demonstrating the art of dumplings.
Cockburn schools will be involved too. East Hamilton Hill Primary students will sing a dreamtime story in English and Nyungar, Phoenix Primary students will enjoy training with Circus WA, the Wilding Project will teach parkour skills and give away a full term of parkour lessons to one student.
Beeliar, Spearwood Alternative and East Hamilton Hill Primary have light-hearted workshops on healthy and unhealthy self-talk thanks to Critical Critters and the team at Wild, Wise and Worthy.
After the event, Alcoa will support Bindi Bindi Dreaming and Tucker Bush to deliver a native garden workshop to one school, and install the garden being planted over the Coogee Live weekend.
At the Ocean Kitchen Garden, Bindi Bindi Dreaming and Tucker Bush will share Nyungar culture and connection providing insight into totems and the six seasons, as well as knowledge on bushfoods, where certain plants should be grown for optimal results, and plants that flower and fruit.
Gardening gurus will educate at workshops on indoor plant propagation to turn any space into an oasis, as well sessions on growing your own food, soil preparation, veggie garden layout and troubleshooting. TV gardener Josh Byrne will also hold greening your street sessions.
There’s music, mud kitchens, mojitos, meditation and plenty of opportunity for movement. There are DJs, dance lessons for kids and adults as well as dance performances of colourful samba, cultural showcases and belly dance.
Coogee Live takes a magical turn with fairies, wizards, witches and elves where little ones can create their own magic garden of sparkling things and pretty gems.
At Mermaid Cove, find pirates, dolphins, fairies, acrobats and of course mermaids. Keep an eye on the pirates and their parrots, they’re the ones judging the sandcastle competition.
After dark on Saturday, the roving fire entertainers Dangerous Delights will excite and enthral with their skilful manipulation and the primal power of fire eating.
The event stretches 1.5 kilometres from North Coogee Beach to Coogee Reserve, creating a fun way to get a little exercise. Because of its size, Coogee Live is divided into four ‘hubs and worlds’, each with its own theme and activities.
The LiveLighter Omeo Hub is inspired by the area’s nautical history, the Ocean Kitchen Garden is all about food and sustainability, the LiveLighter Community Hub includes wildlife, culture, dance. In the afternoon it becomes party central with Buster Vogt’s Good Vibes Concert, and the Jetty Sessions are for connecting to the ocean, learning to fish or being mesmerised by mermaids.
Cycling Without Age will offer tri-shaw rides between Coogee Live hubs for those less mobile.
Take the stress out of parking and LiveLighter by riding your bike to Coogee Beach. The City of Cockburn will provide free bike valet parking with BikeWise and optional free bike check and tune ups plus balance bike sessions. Find the bike valet parking near Coogee Beach tennis courts.
Visit www.coogeelive.com to book into workshops, along with a full list of events and performances at the jam-packed, completely free Coogee Live 6-7 March.