Eat Drink Perth is back – March 2013

Authentic Moroccan food at Shak Shuka, Twilight Hawkers Market

It’s time to get into your eating pants again. Eat Drink Perth 2013 is on throughout the month of March in the City of Perth. I’m one of five official bloggers for Eat Drink Perth this year. The full program is available at the Eat Drink Perth website, but here are some events and features that have caught my eye.

Twilight Hawkers Market – win a trip to South East Asia
Regular readers will know what a big fan I am of the Twilight Hawkers Market, at Forrest Place in Perth every Friday night 5-9pm until end of April 2013.

During Eat Drink Perth month, there’s more than delicious street food to enjoy – visit Twilight Hawkers Market on Fridays in March (1, 8, 15 or 22 March) and for every meal purchased, you’ll get a chance to win a trip for two to Holiday Hawker Heaven – Bangkok, Penang, Singapore or Taipei, with thanks to Air Asia.
Note: the market will not be on 29 March due to Easter.

Perth Home Grown
Forrest Place will host a Sunday market with locally grown produce including fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, honey, home-baked and hand crafted goods. Get there early and grab some brunch – bacon and egg burgers, crepes and organic smoothies.
Sunday 3, 10, 17 and 24 March. Free entry.
10am to 3pm in Forrest Place.
Update: see my blog post on Perth Home Grown.

Perth City’s Greatest Dish Photo Wall
In March, post your food photos to the Show Me Perth Facebook page or to Instagram (use hashtag #eatdrinkperth), including the restaurant name and date taken. Every day, Show Me Perth will select one image to be displayed on the giant photo wall in Forrest Place. All entries will go into a draw to win a dinner for two at a City of Perth restaurant.

Bishop’s House Pop-Up Bar.
Wednesdays to Fridays in March, 4pm to 8pm – sounds like a good place to unwind with mates, especially if you work in the city. No entry fee (but you’ll have to pay for your drinks, of course).
Lamont’s Bishop’s House, corner Spring St and Mounts Bay Rd, Perth.

Gin fans, there’s a Pop-Up Gin Garden at the WA Museum. Note: door sales will be limited, so visit the WA Museum’s Pop-Up Gin Garden page for booking details.

Progressive dinners
There are three progressive dinners available, each showcasing one or more of the city’s newest dining venues. If you’re keen, get your booking in quick. I’m sure these will be very popular.

  • Progressive dinner
    Tuesday 5 March 6pm, AU$95 per person
    Andaluz, Lalla Rookh, Greenhouse and Helvetica. All dishes are matched with a glass of wine or a cocktail.
    Bookings: 9325 7077

  • Brookfield Place – this is the one I’m most excited about, as I haven’t been to most of the Brookfield Place venues yet.
    Tuesday 12, 19 or 26 March, at 6pm AU$140 per person
    Bar Lafayette (entree and cocktail), The Trustee (main course), Print Hall (dessert) and Bobeche (after dinner drinks).
    Bookings: 9428 6400

  • CBD Progressive Fine Dining Experience
    Mondays and Tuesdays 6.30pm AU$140 per person
    Freshly shucked oysters with beer or wine at The Print Hall, main course and premium WA wine at Lamont’s Bishop’s House garden veranda and finish with cheeses in the dining room at the Terrace Hotel with matching dessert wine. Strict dress standards apply. Details and bookings via

Cake Blessing and Aussie BBQ
For Mothering Sunday on 10 March there will be a Cake Sale and BBQ in aid of the Perth Women’s Refuge, 5pm at St George’s Cathedral, 38 St Georges Terrace. More info: 9325 5766.

Classes and workshops
There are classes and workshop to suit a range of tastes and budgets, including:

Sadly, some of the classes that appeal to me will be held in the middle of the day and I’ll be at work – but if you go to any, I’d love to hear what you thought/learned/ate. There are more classes listed at the Eat Drink Perth website.

Tastings and classes at European Foods
If you can get yourself to Northbridge around lunch time on Thursdays, European Foods at 93-101 Aberdeen Street is holding free tastings and classes. For more information: 9328 7455.

  • Coffee and food pairing – have a chat with local coffee experts and enjoy tasty food treats designed to match locally roasted coffee. Thursday 7 March 11am to 3pm
  • Artisanal cheese tasting in European Foods’ cheese room, the largest in WA. All cheeses are available for purchase. Thursday 14 and 28 March, 11am to 3pm.
  • Espresso based cocktails – the European Foods Specialty Beverage Team with special industry guests will show you how to get the best out of coffee beans and create espresso based cocktails. Thursday 21 March 11am to 3pm

Yum Cha in the Park is back for 2013, with yum cha and other food stalls, live music, lion dances and a roving magician. Also back is the chicken feet eating competition, which was hotly contested last year.
23 March, 11am to 2pm in Northbridge Piazza. Free entry.
My write-up of Yum Cha in the Park 2012.

Chicken feet eaters at Yum Cha in the Park, 2012.

The Eat Drink Perth passport is packed with over 60 exclusive dining offers from Perth city food retailers. You can preview the passport here, but only original vouchers will be accepted by the participating retailers, so make sure you order yours online or grab one at the i-City Information Kiosk in Murray Street Mall. You can also pick up Small Bar, Coffee Stops and Food and Drink guides at the i-City Kiosk.

Eat Drink Perth logo

I’ve only mentioned some of the events for Eat Drink Perth. To find out more and get the latest info:

I’ll be out and about at events during March, so if you see me (probably pointing my camera at something), do say hi.

Mobile food and drink vendors in the City of Perth

This isn’t related to Eat Drink Perth but food lovers may be be pleased to know the City of Perth will be reviewing/revising local laws that govern mobile food and beverage operations in the city. The underlying principle is to encourage mobile food/drink vendors to make use of under-utilised city spaces, especially where there may currently be limited food options, and outside of normal trading hours, to avoid direct competition with other rate-paying fixed businesses.

Those who follow me on Facebook know I am all for regulations that take into account the established businesses in the area as well support mobile vendors. Well done to Roy Chin of Jumplings for starting the Perth Gourmet Food Van initiative last year and to the City of Perth for agreeing to review/revise the mobile food and beverage vendor regulations.

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