This year marks the 12th annual City of Perth, Eat Drink Perth festival, running for 6 glorious gluttony filled weeks, from 16 March to 23 April.
The festival caters for all foodie fans – families, food snobs, budget minded, allergy friendly – you name it, they’ve got it.
Eat Drink Perth features over 90 events, and more than 35 special food treats not available outside of the festival. We’re talking Hot Cross Bun macarons (a bargain at $2.50, so best grab yourself a couple).
Or, my personal favourite, Neal Jackson’s pork belly (at just $16, I may treat the family to a serve each, as long as they share with me once I’ve scoffed mine).
In recognition of Earth Hour, which takes place during the festival on Saturday 19th March, there will be a strong focus on all things sustainable – we’re talking vegan, organic, raw foods, paleo, gluten free – all the good stuff.
Exactly what you may want to indulge in after a couple of the previously mentioned macarons!
For those interested, Adelphi Grill will be hosting an Earth Hour Dinner from 6pm – 10pm, featuring local, sustainable produce, served by candlelight.
10 EAT DRINK PERTH FESTIVAL EVENTS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS
EAT DRINK PERTH DESSERT GARDEN
It’s a dessert garden. It sells itself. I may BYO my own can of whipped cream to completely send me off into dessert heaven.
When: Fridays throughout the festival (Thursday 24 March in lieu of Good Friday)
TWILIGHT HAWKERS MARKET
Head to Forrest Place for a variety of sweet and savoury vendors, featuring more than 40 International offerings, and local live music.
It’s a great way to wind down at the end the working week, or fuel up for some Friday night shopping in the city.
When: 4:30pm – 9:30pm, Fridays throughout the festival (Thursday 24 March in lieu of Good Friday)
CLAISEBROOK CARNIVALE AND DUCK DERBY
Seriously, who doesn’t love a rubber duck?
The Claisebrook Carnivale & Duck Derby is a free, family friendly event sponsored by the City of Perth.
Adopt your duck for the main race, as 10,000 yellow rubber ducks hit the river for charity.
Also check out the live music, kids activities, or the long table lunch.
When: Sunday 20 March
PERTH CITY EASTER FUN DAY
Presented by the City of Perth, this is another free, family-friendly day not to be missed.
Featuring an appropriately themed rabbit and chicken petting zoo, an Easter show and more.
The Easter Bunny himself will be out and about, mingling with the crowd and handing out eggs.
When: Saturday 26 March
FOOD TRUCK RUMBLE
Forty different food trucks, plus the newest addition to the annual Food Truck Rumble – the Urban Hawker Centre, located in the Urban Orchard, featuring a further 10 street food stalls. That’s 50 choices.
Sponsored by the City of Perth, this is a great option for families, as the mammoth range of food trucks is sure to cater for even the pickiest family member.
Head to the Perth Cultural Centre and Museum Gardens.
When: Sunday 3 April
NORTHBRIDGEPIAZZARAMA – SWEETS AND TREATS
Northbridge Piazza is known for its monthly themed activities.
Tying in with Eat Drink Perth and Easter, the theme for this Piazzarama is ‘Sweets and Treats’.
Thanks to the City of Perth, there will be a number of free activities for the kids, including face painting, live childrens’ entertainment, cake pop making and much more.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be on the big screen from noon, followed by Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at 2:30pm… plus Piazzarama’s very own Golden Ticket Hunt.
When: Sunday 3 April
SCITECH AFTER DARK
Think Scitech is just for kids? Not so.
We’re talking Space Beer, themed cocktails, and the use of liquid nitrogen and dry ice – bring on the show!
Admit it – you’ve always wanted to hit Scitech without the kids, haven’t you? Well this is your chance, for just $19.
When: Saturday 9 April
PSYCHEDELIC CUPCAKES & MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY
For just $5, kids can indulge their creative side.
Spend a fun afternoon decorating cupcakes and enjoying the tea party of the year, thanks to Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and their current exhibition, The Secret Garden.
When: Saturday 16 April
GRILL’D KIDS BURGER MASTER CLASS
I’m all for kids learning to enjoy cooking. And I’m quite partial to a Grill’d burger.
This masterclass is a no-brainer for families with kids who have shown an interest in cooking.
Recommended for kids aged 8 – 15 years. Bookings are essential, and can be made here.
When: Sunday 24 April
For full details of events, including an extensive schedule, head to the Eat Drink Perth website.
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