Last week, I attended a preview of Taste of Perth, which is on at Langley Park from 15 to 17 May. Taste festivals are held all over the world and last year’s Perth event was the first time for our city, with over 16,000 people attending over the three days. Jac and I were in Margaret River and weren’t able to go to Taste last year, but we plan to check it out this time.
Taste festivals feature pop-up stalls by restaurants of the host city, each serving up 3-4 signature dishes in ‘taste’ sized portions at lunch and dinner sessions. Festival goers pay for food and drink using festival currency called Crowns, which can be pre-purchased online with entry tickets or at the festival itself via Crown Banks or roaming Crown sellers. 1 Crown equals $1.
In addition to the restaurants, your entry ticket gives you access to the Artisan Producer Market, cooking demonstrations, cooking lessons, wine and beer tastings, mezcal and tequila masterclasses, live music and pop-up bars. Keep reading for a special discount offer for General Entry tickets.
Taste of Perth 2015
- 15-17 May at Langley Park, Perth
- Tickets are sold for lunch and dinner sessions and only valid for the time/date indicated on the ticket
- Friday and Saturday lunch 12 to 4pm, dinner 5.30 to 9.30pm
Sunday lunch 12 to 4pm. No dinner session on Sunday.
- See the Taste of Perth website for more info, including tickets and festival currency (Crowns)
- See my post from last year – Taste of Perth 2014 launch
Taste of Perth 2015 line-up
There were 10 restaurants last year – there are a few more this year:
- Asado (new for 2015)
- Bib & Tucker
- Bistro Guillaume
- el PÚBLICO
- Lalla Rookh Bar and Eating House
- Lalla Rookh Wine and Salumi Store (new for 2015)
- Mary’s (new for 2015, this is Mary Street Bakery after dark, when the bakery is closed – Wednesday to Saturday 6pm to midnight)
- Modo Mio
- No.4 Blake Street
- Print Hall
- Propeller (new for 2015)
Special ticket offer
Thanks to the Taste of Perth, I have a special ticket offer for TFP followers:
- Get 2 General Entry tickets for $50 ($22 cheaper than buying at the door).
- To redeem the offer, book general entry tickets through Ticketek and enter FOODIE in the promotional code box.
- This offer is only valid for advance purchase general entry tickets.
- Standard Ticketek fees still apply.
- These tickets do not include Crowns, but you can also pre-purchase them in denominations of 30 or 50 Crowns via Ticketek, or buy them at the event on the day.
A sneak peek at Taste of Perth 2015…
The Taste of Perth preview event I attended last week showcased three of the participating restaurants – el PÚBLICO (Highgate), Lalla Rookh (Perth CBD) and No.4 Blake Street (North Perth). The dishes pictured below will all be featured at Taste of Perth 2015.
In addition to the dishes below, I sampled fried crickets for the first time at el PÚBLICO. Their Icon Dish (not pictured) will be ‘Flavours of Mexico’, featuring fried crickets and chicharrón (pork crackling) with two village mezcals. So what do crickets taste like? Crunchy! I can’t see myself becoming a big bug eater in general, but I’d be happy to munch on fried crickets again.
Lalla Rookh Bar & Eating House
The best pasta I’ve eaten in Perth was at Lalla Rookh, but chef Joel Valvasori and his team are meat maestros too. We sampled their Icon Dish, braised lamb shank medieval style, with sweet spices and prunes, a hunk of meat that would excite both King Henry VIII and Fred Flintstone. Lalla Rookh will also bring a Wine and Salumi Store (think Italian cured meats and cheese with matching wines) to Taste of Perth 2015.
No.4 Blake Street
I first tasted No.4 Blake Street’s Valrhona Chocolate Garden at their launch event in early 2013. I refer to it as ‘the pot plant’ because that’s what it resembles – decadent layers of chocolate, salted caramel and peanut dacquoise topped with edible soil, micro herbs and flowers, all served in a chilled terracotta pot. It was a huge hit at last year’s Taste of Perth and will be back again as No.4 Blake Street’s Icon Dish.
I’m looking forward to my first Taste of Perth – maybe I’ll see some of you guys there!
TFP attended the preview of Taste of Perth 2015 and sampled dishes as an invited guest.