Twilight Hawkers Market is back for summer again starting 16 November 1012 and on every Friday 5pm to 9pm through to the end of April 2013! There will be a short break for the festive season. More details to be available soon.
The Twilight Hawkers Market was a great success at Eat Drink Perth last year and has been on in Forrest Place in Perth city every Friday night since 28 October. It’s come a long way since the first Market. There are even more food stalls and the market now makes better use of the open space of Forrest Place so it’s easier to move between the stalls and find places to sit and enjoy your food.
When I arrive at the market at quarter past 5pm, there’s already lots of cooking and eating going on. This is such a great way to kick off summer weekends.
There’s plenty of smoke, fire and sizzle as seasoned beef ribs and chorizo are turned on a monster kettle barbecue at the El Asador Argentinean BBQ stall.
It’s not just the Argentinean barbecue that’s smoking hot – there’s some serious Malaysian satay cooking and fanning going on.
The satay line is the longest by far.
At the German bratwurst stall, I peer into the enormous cast iron pan of sausages – there are traditional pork and beef bratwurst, crocodile sausages and kangaroo sausages, available in a hot dog bun with fried onions or as a snag on a stick.
I stop at the Red Hot Spatula stall for chat with Yvonne, who remembers my preference for no coriander as she makes me a pulled pork slider.
It’s delicious! Tender pulled pork and crisp vegetables in a chewy mantou-style bun.
Nearby, ladies are cooking Turkish gozleme, filled with spinach and cheese or meat.
Next door, Spanish paella loaded with chicken, seafood and pork is being spooned onto plates. I see two more paella pans bubbling away inside the tent – as the last of the paella is scraped from the first pan, tickets are sold for the next – there’ll be fresh paella ready in twenty minutes.
At Braza Churros, get hot crispy churros done the Brazilian way – filled with doce de leite (caramel), brigadeiro (chocolate) or half and half.
Japanese savoury snacks are on offer at Edo Shiki, including crab claws, spring rolls and assorted sushi packs.
There’s Indian cuisine from Two Fat Indians and Maya Masala.
At Marcelita’s empanadas, the team is working hard rolling the maize dough, making empanadas to order. Pork and lime is my favourite, with lashings of guacamole.
Marcelita’s frontman Matt takes the empanada orders and serves up guarapo, a sugar cane and lime juice drink. It’s lovely and refreshing on this sticky balmy night.
There’s a rainbow of macaron flavours at Maison Saint-Honore. French-style pastries including madeleines and canelés are available too.
An El Salvadorian stall has made its Twilight Hawkers Market debut tonight, cooking up pupusas for the hungry crowd. A pupusa is a thick, handmade corn tortilla, filled with cheese and beans, spinach, chicken or pork.
At Delicious Bites, there are spring rolls, curry puffs and a selection of Malaysian Nyonya kuih.
Gourmet popsicles are available at Delish Ice – flavours include orange, pineapple and lime; strawberry and basil; watermelon and mint; and strawberry lemonade. If you prefer ice cream to icy poles, there’s an ice cream van too.
The Gift of Taste sells traditional homemade Polish donuts, fried to order and filled with jam. This yellow donut van can usually be found at Kings Square, Fremantle and at the Growers’ Green Market on Sundays in South Fremantle.
More fresh beef ribs are being placed on the Argentinean barbecue when I walk past again. There are many hungry carnivores at the market tonight.
These are only some of the food stalls at the market. Until the end of March, some of the stalls will be at the market each Friday night; others will vary week by week. Discovering new stalls is part of the fun each week.
Live music adds to the vibrant atmosphere, keeping the crowd entertained.
I’m immensely proud to call Perth home, and events like this make me feel even prouder. I hope the City of Perth continues its support of street food, community markets and Perth’s passionate and talented entrepreneurial local cooks.
Eat Drink Perth 2012
The Eat Drink Perth festival is back for the month of March. The festival will feature special lunch and dinner offers, gourmet dinners and masterclasses, wine tastings, food tours and free family events throughout Perth, Northbridge, West Perth and East Perth.
Check out the Eat Drink Perth program (and look out for a little mention of me) in STM magazine in the Sunday Times this weekend, or check out the calendar of events online.
The Twilight Hawkers Market is on tonight (24 February) and every Friday night during the month of March in Forrest Place in Perth city, 5pm to 8pm. There’s lots of great food to enjoy but if you detest crowds, be warned and get there early – it gets pretty busy, especially after 6pm.
On Friday 2 March to celebrate the launch of Eat Drink Perth, there will be additional food stalls set up by city food businesses on Murray Street mall as part of the City Food Fair.
I’ll be out and about at various Eat Drink Perth events during March. Feel free to say hi if you spot me in the wild – I’ll be eating and pointing my camera at things.
See my posts last year about the Twilight Hawkers Market
- Eat Drink Perth: Twilight Hawker Market
- The final Twilight Hawker Market… or was it? (obviously, we now know it wasn’t!)