You might want have your calendars and credit cards at the ready, boys and girls, because Perth is turning it on this month with some serious fun and games. There are food festivals, wine celebrations, rosé master-classes, plate-smashing, beach markets, live music , 70’s discos—oh and a whole day dedicated to rum. As you do. Plus, it also happens to be everybody’s favourite time of year—Oktoberfest.
So strap yourselves in, here are 10 of the best events popping up in Perth this October.
Great Northern Distillery Swan Valley, October 8
Calling all rum lovers—you might want to get your tickets to the 2016 Rumfest. This event is about three things and three things only—rum, ribs and reggae. You will sample some of WA’s best rum, munch on tasty ribs and listen to reggae. Fairly straightforward? Yes. Pretty damn awesome? Hell yes. Plus, for those who are confident with their stomach capacity, there is a rib-eating competition, with prizes and a whole lot of glory up for grabs.
Oktoberfest In The Gardens
Langley Park Perth, October 8
Of course there will be many places to celebrate Oktoberfest in our fair city; but if you’re in for a real corker of a day, you can’t go past Oktoberfest in the Gardens. For the sixth year in a row, Langley Park will be transformed in to traditional Bavarian festival, with two massive big top beer halls, authentic German food stalls, roving performers, on-stage competitions and a huge selection of imported German beer, cider, wine and other tasty bevvies. Last year’s event sold out, so get your tickets quick unless you want to say ‘auf wiedersehen’ to attending.
Brosé—Real Men Drink Rosé
Lot Twenty Northbridge, October 10
Real mean are brave enough to both wear pink, and to drink pink. At least that’s what the team at Lot Twenty think. They’re celebrating the fact that summer is around the corner with Brosé, an event that will be showcasing rosé, and putting this beautiful pink liquid under the microscope. Fifteen large ones is all it will cost you, and in return you will sample wines from France, Italy and Spain; hear from their wine expert and probably even learn a thing or two about rosé.
Swan Valley, October 15
Electric Vines is gearing up to deliver its biggest and baddest event yet at two of the Swan Valley’s most popular wineries. Here is how your day will look—your morning will start at Mandoon Estate, where you can settle on the grass or grab a table to enjoy their amazing beers, ciders or wine whilst listening the sounds of fantastic solo musicians, bands and DJs. Come arvo time, you’ll head up the road to Oakover Winery where you’ll enjoy gourmet lunch by the lake, and then dance the afternoon away with some sensational bands and DJs. Magic, yes?
BeauVine Food & Wine Festival 2016
Birdwood Square Perth, October 21—23
What do you get when you put a massive selection of local wineries, breweries, cideries, distilleries and eateries all together in one spot? An absolutely sensational weekend is what. Bigger and better than ever before, this year’s BeauVine Festival is bringing you your favourite food and drink from around our glorious state—think Cape Mentelle, Eagle Bay Brewing Co, Custard & Co Cider, Hippocampus Distillery, House of Cards, Swings & Roundabouts, Matso’s Beer, The Dominion Leauge, Lucky Chan’s and Pleased To Meet You. Add to that a line-up of art, live music and entertainment, and you have got yourself a ripper weekend.
Jere Sosa At Clancy’s
Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle, October 22
Anyone who has enjoyed the sunset beach markets in South Fremantle will be familiar with the sounds of Jere Sosa. If you haven’t, well paint you a picture real quick—you’re sitting on a picnic rug at South Beach, enjoying a delicious gourmet food-truck dinner, sipping on a glass of wine and watching the sunset—all whilst relishing in the sounds of the local live musician, who is playing chilled-out acoustic folk tunes that are making you so darn relaxed and happy you might just have to call in sick on Monday. That’s Jere. The good news is Jere is launching a new album; the bad news is that might mean he doesn’t have time to serenade us at the markets anymore. But you can go catch his album launch at Clancy’s on October 22 and hear his musical magic.
Summer X Salt Markets
Brighton Beach Scarborough, October 22
Scarborough’s Summer x Salt Markets are back for another summer of sustainability-focused markets. Expect to see loads of stalls selling beachy lifestyle goods, surfing products and environmentally-friendly wares. Plus, there are local artists and designers, delicious healthy food trucks, coffee and juice carts, and local musicians.
Perth Glendi Greek Festival
Russell Square Park Perth, October 23
Want to go to Santorini but can’t quite afford it? Well you’re in luck because this month you can just pretend you’re in Greece at the Perth Glendi Greek Festival. Delicious Greek food, traditional desserts, Greek dancing, pop-up bars, cooking demonstrations, market stalls and yes—there will be plate smashing. Because nothing blows off steam quite like throwing crockery around and breaking it. Fact.
That 70’s Night
The Spaniard Perth, October 23
If you’re up for a Sunday sesh with a difference, get yourself to The Spaniard for a tribute to the 70’s. This Wolf Lane bar will be transformed into a disco dancefloor, with their disc jockeys playing you some absolute golden oldies like David Bowie, Queen, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, Suzi Quatro and Elton John. We’re toe-tapping just thinking about it. Entry is free, and if you work up an appetite burning up the d-floor, their kitchen is open til 10.
Subiaco, October 29—30
If you’re a food and wine lover, you need to get your tickets to UnWined immediately. They will have an array of WA fine wine, craft beer, cider spirits as well as food from local WA suppliers for you to sample all day long. If you’re down to chill out and relax, you can kick back with your wine whilst enjoying some live music; or if you’re one of those people who wants to learn things, head along to one of the many cooking demos, or sign up for one of UnWined’s wine education seminars. Something for everyone!
Check out more things to do in Perth here.
Image credit: UnWined Subiaco