Image credit: Margaret River Gourmet Escape
Ah, Spring, how we love you. You’re warm enough to be festive, but cool enough so we can stuff our faces without the meat sweats. We’ve compiled the best food and drink events happening in this hallowed season—let's ring spring in with total gluttony! If you're on the hunt for things to do in Perth, here are 7 foodie events for your spring calendar.
Italian Wine and Food Festival
Perth | 13th September
We’ve made no secret of our allegiance to Italian food, and are quirmy-as-spaghetti excited that the Italian Wine and Food Festival is heading to Perth for the very first time. Nosh on salami and cheese at the farmers markets, get schooled in food-centric Italian lessons, sample over 200 wines (okay, maybe not all at once) and watch top Italian chefs do their thang in the kitchen. If you need a breather, head to the Aperol garden, where you can down a spritz with a backdrop of real live Italian tunes. No generic playlists here (cough, Dean Martin’s Amore.)
Perth Royal Beer Show Pop Up Bar
Northbridge | 11-12th September
We’ll take any excuse to mosey down to the pretty Urban Orchard in Northbridge, especially when it pops up as the Perth Royal Beer Show Pop Up Bar—an artisanal beer garden, complete with over 20 taps of gold medal-winning brews, live DJs and gourmet street food. Just consider it your Fringe World aperitif.
Mount Lawley | 23-25th October
The tagline of brand-spankin’ foodie event Beauvine, run by the same dudes who make Rottofest and Beaufort Street Festival awesome, says it all: Meat. Wine. Music. Art. Can we get a collective, “Hell yeah”? They’re bringing together restaurants, wineries, chefs and sommeliers to Beaufort Street this October and we can’t wait. Reasons to count down the days: art activations, music performances, boutique retail stalls, and—our personal fave—the cook-off between some of the best local restaurants. It’ll be like Iron Chef, minus the crap dubbing and commercial breaks.
Subiaco | 31st October - 1st November
Our inner dad loves the puntastic name and our inner wino (okay, fine, it wasn’t exactly dormant) loves everything else about wine-centric event, UnWined. Don’t miss these two days in Subi—with wine tasting, cooking demos, and live music, UnWined is set to be a cracker.
Bar Pop Beer Fest
Northbridge | 6-8th November
Coinciding with the opening weekend of WA Good Beer Week, the Urban Orchard will host Bar Pop Beer Fest—comprising afternoon beer sessions with awesome brews and insane ciders from around WA and beyond. Need something to line your stomach? Grab a slider—or three—from the local restaurants and food trucks serving them up. Cos everything is cuter in miniature.
Fremantle | 14-15th November
Ever went to the Espalande Park fair as a kid, played the rides, won a tacky stuffed duck, and had The. Best. Day. Ever? Well, let us present to you your big kid equivalent: Fremantle Beerfest—a beer festival with food trucks, a comedy tent, and raucous live music that’s every bit as magic. And the kicker? Over 250 beers and ciders on tap, from light and airy pale ales to deep, dark stouts. Move over fairyfloss!
Margaret River Gourmet Escape
Margaret River | 22-24th November
The Margaret River Gourmet Escape ain’t just one of WA's best food events for spring—it’s one of the best foodie events full stop. Seriously, people fly in from far-off locales to meet famous chefs, sample the nommable food and gawp at the backdrop of the beautiful southwest. But your tickets stat for the Battle of the Breweries where Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Colonial Brewing Co face off in a blind taste test. Or head to the Audi Beach BBQ on Castle Rock Bay, where a pop-up restaurant is erected via cool safari tents, and tender meat is doled out with abandon. BYO bib.
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