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Clear Your Calendar, Here’s Everything You Need To See, Eat And Do At YELLO Festival

By Anna Franklyn
15th Sep 2020

Yellow lanterns and a yellow umbrella hang from the ceiling of the Long Chim Courtyard

Spring has well and truly sprung which means the return of festivals, fresh eats and fabulous days out. And where better to do all that than at The State Buildings?

The team at The State Buildings are bringing back Yello Festival and you can expect a treat for all of your senses. From incredible feasts at Wildflower to beats and spicy eats at Long Chim—there's a little something for everyone.

Yello Festival is running from Thursday 8 October until Saturday 17 October, there's plenty of time to squeeze in a few of these free and ticketed events. You can find the full program here, but if you're wondering what you really need to tick off, look no further.

Lone Traveller

Saturday 10 October 

If Bangkok has been on your travel hit list for a while, you'll want to get yourself tickets to Lone Traveller; it's the closest you'll get for a while, after all. With only four people at each session, you'll get up close and personal with bartender Eoin Kenny and spice hawker Dee Tongdee as you sip your way through six cocktails and some delicious Thai eats.

Art Of Wine

Sunday 11 October 

Take it to the Wildflower rooftop as you taste six delicious wines that are anything but boring and let your creativity run free. Art of Wine will see Brave New Wine owner Yoko Luscher-Mostert will guide the tasting and will help provide some extra inspiration for your own little art project. If that's not enough to get the creative juices flowing, you'll also have canapés from Wildflower Head Chef, Matthew Sartori as well as a playlist curated by Yoko herself.

From Pantera To Pavarotti 

Tuesday 13 October

We'd never turn up an opportunity to chat wine with the State Buildings Director of Wine, Emma Farrelly, but when she's accompanied by vocalist Ali Bodycoat, there's no holding us back. You'll get six delicious drops to taste with a side of jazz at From Pantera to Pavarotti, and who can say no that?

Art Song Dinner

Wednesday 14 October

Wildflower is famed for its celebration of the six seasons of the Noongar calendar and October marks the beginning of Kambarang—the season of birth and abundance—so you'd better believe they are celebrating. Think canapés followed by a six-course tasting menu with matched wines—thanks to none other than Emma Farrelly—all while internationally acclaimed soprano, Amy Manford knocks your socks right off. Amy will be accompanied by harpist, Yi-Yun Loei so you'd better believe Art Song Dinner will be magical.


Thursday 15 October

Vegetarian friends, don't think YELLO Festival hasn't got something for you. Verdura is the vegetarian feast that will make you wonder why you ever bothered with meat in the first place. Chef Kim Brennan has got a five-course menu shining a light on the flavours of the Mediterranean while Emma Farrelly is bringing the matched wines.  

Market Of Colours

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 October

WA musician and artist Morgan 'Mojo' Joanel is taking up residence in the Long Chim courtyard for Market of Colours this October and let's just say, you don't want to miss it. She'll be bringing something new to life while you sit back and make the most of the cocktail specials and noodles from the incredible Long Chim team, all while Kester Sappho and DJ Alex provide the beats. After the event, you'll have a chance to get your hands on Morgan's artwork as it's auctioned for the Starlight Children's Foundation. 


Sunday 17 October

Afternoon tea with a side of art? Don't mind if we do. Everyone's favourite local fashion illustrator, Pippa McManus will be working her magic at YELLO Salon with an interactive sketching session while her husband, Chris Foster, sets the tone on the grand piano. And let's not forget the scrumptious high tea you'll be enjoying thanks to pastry chef Rika Shiina. 

Why not top it all off with the ultimate staycation at COMO The Treasury. You won't regret it.

Image credit: Supplied

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