Karratha roo tail eating contest a hit

Alicia PereraPilbara News
Competitors dig into roo tail at the inaugural Bushlolly eating competition.
Camera IconCompetitors dig into roo tail at the inaugural Bushlolly eating competition. Credit: Pilbara News, Alicia Perera

Premium kangaroo tail was on the menu for an inaugural eating contest with a differenceat a Karratha eatery on the weekend.

Bushlolly cafe celebrated its first birthday on Saturday with a roo tail eating competition, putting locals up to the challenge of getting as much meat as possible off a big tail for a $1000 prize.

Director and chef Kelly Grady said cafe staff believed the competition was an Australian first.

She said the cafe had wanted to celebrate their first birthday with an eating initiative with a bush tucker bent.

“Most people do hamburger or pie-eating competitions, but we’re about bush food, so we’re going to do a bush feed,” she said.

“It’s also putting a bit of culture into a competition, because the tail is the best part of a roo for the people who have been eating it for many generations.

“It’s about the Pilbara, it’s what a lot of people here enjoy eating, including a lot of our staff, and I think we should be putting our food on the table.”

Blake Caddy, a first-time roo tail consumer, was unanimously voted the competition winner after polishing off most of his meal in the first five minutes.

He said he would use the prize money to buy his son a motorbike.

Ms Grady said the competition had received a lot of positive attention in the community and online, and Bushlolly would be making it an annual event.

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