Renowned Indigenous chef Mark Olive is bringing his signature combination of cooking and culture to one very special Taste Bundaberg Festival event.

At the Mon Repos First Nations Dinner guests will take a seat around the fire for an experience that celebrates food, culture and togetherness.

Mark, aka ‘The Black Olive’, joins local chef Joey Caruana to showcase authentic local cuisine at this inaugural event.

During this immersive experience guests will experience the welcome of a traditional smoking ceremony and be captivated by the region’s localIndigenous cultural performers.

With the sand between their toes, diners will savour sumptuous local produce as modern dining melds with tradition in a celebration of fire, water and earth.

Mark, who is a Bundjalung man, became interested in cooking as a child after watching his mother and aunts prepare meals.
He’s now been a chef for over 25 years and is known for his charismatic style and creative approach to food.

Mark’s television series The Outback Café is aired in living rooms all over the world, sharing his knowledge of native ingredients while giving an insight into Aboriginal culture and customs.

In addition to running a successful business, Mark now cooks regularly for clients such as Tourism Australia at large corporate, public and cultural events around the country and the world, bringing his signature infusions of contemporary outback flavours to every occasion.

His frequent television and festival appearances around the globe have helped to celebrate and showcase Australia and its Indigenous culture to the world.

Mark aka “The Black Olive” is an iconic ambassador for “Indigenous Food and Hospitality” with unique skills in development of gourmet food products.


For more Taste Festival Bundaberg Events view the program here.