Taste of Perth

This past weekend Perth had its inaugural Taste of Perth Food Festival in a little park adjacent to CBD (central business district – they dont say uptown/downtown here, but that’s essentially what CBD is). There were tents for 10 of Perth’s restaurants, where you could purchase 4 different dishes from that eatery. In addition to the restaurant tents, there were areas for different beverages, local food markets, cooking/tasting classes, etc – it was a foodie/boozey extravaganza!  Of course I wanted to go – if for no other reason than to try some nibbles from different restaurants around town and maybe try out a full meal there sometime. I bought us tickets for the Saturday afternoon session, and you couldnt have ordered better weather – 80 and sun, sun, sun!

Gorg day at Taste of Perth

Gorg day at Taste of Perth

We checked out the little menu card and map of the festival and picked what we wanted to nosh and imbibe upon – we were also celebrating (Kentucky) Derby Day! (I specify Kentucky Derby because there was a “derby” here in Western Australia that the news kept advertising, and we were like “Cool! An Australian horse race to coincide with the Kentucky Derby!” – come to find out it was this thingy where the two local footy teams here play against one another – go figure).

But I digress. This post isnt really about either derby…

The eating areas around the festival

The eating areas around the festival

Cheers to the Kentucky Derby - the year of California Chrome!

Cheers to the Kentucky Derby – the year of California Chrome!

We stopped by this one booth that was creating “gastronomy” cocktails – way cool! Similar the molecular gastronomy food movement where very talented chefs create various physical and chemical changes/transformations of ingredients while cooking (google it – some of the food created is AMAZING looking), these bartenders were creating cocktails using the same methods – dry ice, spherical juices, etc:

Mad (cocktail) scientists

Mad (cocktail) scientists

Lots of the local vineyards and breweries were also selling their homemade beverages – if you’re into microbrew beers and amazing vinos, Perth and the surrounding areas (Fremantle, Margaret River) is your kind of place 🙂

Watching the world go by

Watching the world go by

We decided to try out 2 of the classes/tastings: a pina colada making class and a sake tasting/sushi pairing (I swear we are not raging alcoholics – I tried to sign up for a regular cooking class, but they sold out FAST!)

Do you like pina coladas? And getting caught in the rain?

Do you like pina coladas? And getting caught in the rain? Class c/o Sensology

Sake tasting

Sake tasting by Sushia

We had a great little Saturday afternoon at Taste of Perth – we got home at around 5PM, full and happy (maybe a little buzzed too…) I’m looking forward to trying out some of the places we tried (sorry I didnt get more food pics – the portions were so small and we ate them quickly!), and the event was so well run. This week I’m going to try to cram a lot of posts and Perth in before I head back to the states for a few weeks and another whirlwind of friends, family, and weddings! Until next time…

Taste of Perth

Taste of Perth

5 responses to “Taste of Perth

  1. I love piña coladas and getting caught in the rain (that song is young to be stuck in my head now). The weather looks pretty good, not much rain I imagine

  2. I love these kinds of events. You usually get to see and taste so many interesting things. Molecular drinks sounds awesome! (I’m into anything that changes color and vaporizes) 🙂

    • Ive been so intrigued by molecular gastronomy, but havent tried any food in that realm yet. Dubai has to have a place that creates that kind of food, right?

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