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!
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…
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:
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 🙂
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!)
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…