Eat Drink Perth 2014
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It’s that time of year again where the foodies come out in droves, armed with an empty stomach and an opinion on everything. Perth’s “Hipster” reputation has become known worldwide and it’s all because of our love for a good festival.
Fringe World was very popular and the people of Perth were sad to see it pack up. Lucky for us, the City of Perth has planned an absolutely delicious program for the coming months. Below is some information on some fabulous events that caught my eye. However for a full program, check it out from 22nd March 2014 on the Eat Drink Perth website
The First Feast: launch of Eat Drink Perth
Presented by City of Perth and Brookfield Place
Monday 31 March 2014
Brookfield Place, 6:30pm – 10pm Ticketed event. On sale 1 March
Eat Drink Perth will be celebrating their 10th year in 2014 and the City of Perth has created a delicious schedule of events for the foodies to devour. The festival launches Monday 31st March 2014 and will be the premier event of the season.
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi and celebrity chef Matt Golinski will be presenting the launch and spoiling the attendees with a 3 course menu created by the businesses within Perth’s stylish hotspot – Brookfield Place. Choo Choos’s, Bar Lafayette, Sushia, The Trustee, The Heritage, Print Hall and Bobeche have collaborated to form a creative food experience.
If that’s not enough, all guests get to smuggle home a culinary goodie bag. I will certainly be trying to get my hands on a ticket to this event.
Eat Drink Perth Opening Celebration
featuring Celebrity Chef Matt Golinski Presented by City of Perth and Brookfield Place
Tuesday 1 April 2014
Brookfield Place, 5pm
To mark the start of the festival, Chef Matt Golinski will be holding some short cooking demonstrations in the Main Square of Brookfield Place. You can check out his culinary skill at 5:10pm and 5:40pm. Feel free to attend drinks at Bobeche afterwards to ask Matt all of the culinary questions you have been wanting to know the answer to!
This is perfect for the city workers and people who are staying in accommodation on St Georges Terrace. Free Foodie Fun… What more could you ask for?
Pizza Date Night with Paul MacNish
presented by City of Perth
Wednesday 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 April 2014
Northbridge Piazza, 7pm – 10:30pm
7:30pm Food demo 2-23 April | Live jazz 30 April 8:30pm Double feature screening
MORE free foodie fun! The City of Perth is fantastic when providing free entertainment. This is no exception. April is Innovation Month at the Northbridge Piazza. Creating a unique experience, the City of Perth will be setting up a Dual Screen cinema and will provide the audience with headsets. Each screen will show a different film and you can choose which to “tune in” to. This is brilliant for couples who simply can’t agree on what movie to watch!
To sweeten the deal, chef Paul MacNish will be whipping up some “mouth-watering” nosh for a lucky 100 to enjoy (sample sized portions). For those who want a meal, there are plenty of options around the piazza, however my favourite choice would be the CNR Kitchen beneath the screen.
Woodfired Pizzas, fantastic coffee and friendly for all dietary requirements (including raw vegans!). I know I will be setting up camp with a pizza, the husband and tuning into Julie & Julia.
Twilight Hawker Market
Presented by City of Perth
Friday 4 & 11 April, Thursday 17 & 24 April
Forrest Place, 5pm – 9pm FREE entry
The award winning weekly street food market will be packing up for the last time in April. To celebrate a wonderful season of locally made International Food, Eat Drink Perth will be presenting their final nights in the city. I can proudly say I have attended these markets frequently over the years and absolutely love the culinary delights they provide.
It is the perfect way to end a long day at work, before hitting up Perth’s nightlife. I am particularly in love with the Mexican, Spanish, Moroccan and Chinese stands. Where else can you devour a pulled pork po-boy, dim sum buns, tagine and a paella all in the same venue for an affordable price? The best way to experience the market is to go with friends and order a variety of dishes from different stands… then share the spoils. I am one of those people who get food envy and this is the perfect way to have your cake and eat it too!
Side note – you cannot leave without dessert. My pick is the La Paleta stand – homemade traditional Mexican Ice Treats. The Lamington and Salted Caramel flavours are truly something special.
Piazzarama Northbridge – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Presented by City of Perth
Sunday 6 April 2014
Northbridge Piazza, 12pm – 6pm FREE entry
“The City’s popular family day on the first Sunday of each month takes on an Alice in Wonderland theme to celebrate Eat Drink Perth. Come dressed for tea wearing your best crazy headwear or receive a free pair of rabbit ears; and get involved in the free activities 12noon-4pm, including face painting, dancing and cupcake decorating workshops.
Leading up to the 4pm feature film, a balloon artist, magician, storyteller and Wonderland characters will appear throughout the afternoon among giant novelty games of chequers, crouquet and more, all free to play.
Bring a picnic or pick up something delicious from Northbridge’s diverse range of nearby eateries ahead of free film screenings Alice in Wonderland (1951) at noon and Kiki’s Delivery Service (1992) at 4pm.”
Being an avid Disney and animation fan, this looks like the perfect day out. Another fabulous free family fun day you simply cannot miss!
Taste of Perth (Eat Drink Perth finale)
Presented by Brand Events and the City of Perth
2 – 4 May
Langley Park Ticketed event
This has to be my pick of the festival. So many of Perth’s best restaurants will be getting involved, can’t wait to indulge in their culinary delights!
Taste, World’s Greatest Restaurant
This year’s Eat Drink Perth finale sees Perth join a select group of 18 cities worldwide to host the highly acclaimed Taste, World’s Greatest Restaurant Festival for the first time. The inaugural Taste of Perth celebrates Perth’s evolving world class culinary culture, showcasing the latest, greatest and hottest of Perth’s restaurant scene in one central location.
The three-day event offers a generous slice of foodie heaven not to be missed by restaurant lovers, chef enthusiasts and those looking for a great day out with friends.
Much more than a food sampling event, Taste of Perth is a new and exciting food experience allowing you to create your own dream degustation from ten of Perth’s best, newest and most exclusive restaurants and renowned chefs showcasing their skills and signature dishes, including Lalla Rookh, Greenhouse, and Print Hall.
Set in spectacular outdoor surroundings on the Swan River, enjoy cooking demonstrations and master classes by Perth’s most celebrated restaurants and chefs; plus expert wine tastings, gourmet product shopping, and pop-up restaurants with stunning bespoke menus, superb drink and live entertainment.
In 2014 Taste celebrates ten years since it began in London, growing to present festivals in cities throughout the world known for their premium food and wine offerings in the UK, Europe and Australasia, including Sydney, Melbourne and now Perth!
Lunch and Dinner session tickets are available for Taste of Perth, with each session lasting 4-5 hours, during which time restaurants will showcase their culinary skills and some signature dishes for visitors to choose their courses from, as well as enjoy the many attractions, entertainment and artisan stalls.
Tickets $32-$155 through Ticketek or www.tasteofperth.com.au
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All photos courtesy of the City of Perth (but the little drawing of the chef is ours…)