With Eat Drink Perth running until April 23rd, there are so many creative events and decadent specials on across the city that everyone with a sweet tooth will be kept smiling.

Get your diaries and calendars ready, let’s take a look at some of the great events that are on.

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CHOCOLATE EDUCATION AND TASTING AT SUE LEWIS CHOCOLATIER

If you are a self-professed chocaholic and have always wanted to know a little more about the chocolate making process, then book in for a chocolate education class with local chocolate aficionado, Sue Lewis and hear about the bean to bar journey.

You’ll get to sample chocolate from around the world too – definitely a delicious education for a sweet tooth!

Date: 11 – 15 April
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Price: $50
Location: Sue Lewis Chocolatier, State Buildings, cnr St Georges Tce and Barrack St, Perth
Bookings: Essential via [email protected]

LATE NIGHT DESSERT DEGUSTATION AT THE STATE BUILDINGS

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I suspect this event could prove to be the most popular on the sweet tooth’s calendar, so just as well a second date has been announced!

A candlelit dessert degustation in the basement of the illustrious new State Building.

You’ll join Sugarplum Sweets, Sue Lewis Chocolatier and The Honeycake for a long-table dessert degustation.

Hold the phone! How good does this sound?

Getting to enjoy the work of three of Perth’s best artisanal producers of decadent sweet treats, I’ll race you to get tickets to this one!

Date: Friday 15 & Saturday 16 April
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Price: $80
Location: State Buildings, cnr St Georges Tce and Barrack St, Perth
Bookings: Essential via [email protected]

PSYCHEDELIC CUPCAKES AND MAD HATTERS TEA PARTY AT PICA

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Another one for the little ones in your life; why not take them to a mad hatter tea party at PICA?

They’ll have the chance to show off their creative skills when they decorate their own psychedelic cupcake! Inspired by Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg’s The Secret Garden, this is something different that could spark a child’s love of baking, which has to be a good thing!

Date: Saturday 16 April
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Price: $5
Location: Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 51 James St, Northbridge
Bookings: Essential via www.pica.org.au

HEDONISM AT HALFORD

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The plush surrounds of Halford Bar sound like the perfect location for an indulgent evening of fine champagne, cheese and chocolate.

Louis Roederer, Pol Roger, Gosset and Paul Bara labels will be matched with Simon Johnson cheese and chocolates by Sue Lewis.

I’m really curious which chocolate would be suit the effervescent fizz of a good champagne, but with the experts in attendance I’m sure we’ll learn a lot.

It sounds wonderfully classy, informative and of course delicious!

Date: Thursday 14th April
Time: 6pm to 7.30pm
Price: $80
Location: Halford, State Buildings, cnr Cathedral Ave and Hay St, Perth
Bookings: Essential via www.halfordbar.com.au

THE SWEETEST REGIONS

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For lovers of both chocolate and whisky, this event has your name on it! Kevin Clark will guide the group through five Scotch whisky samples, expertly matched with decadent chocolate from The Margaret River Chocolate Company.

Again, it will be interesting to know what type of chocolate would best suit this intense spirit. Learning while eating and drinking, it seems so efficient! It’s good to upskill the knowledge base…says the chocoholic!

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Date: Thursday 14 April
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Price: $45
Location: Wolf Lane, rear 321 Murray St, Perth
Bookings: Essential via www.wolflane.com.au

EAT DRINK PERTH DESSERT GARDEN

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If you already frequent the Twilight Hawkers Markets on Fridays in Forrest Place, then know that each Friday during Eat Drink Perth, there’ll be an added bonus!

An indulgent pop-up grassed area will be featured which will offer an entirely enticing range of sweet treats.

Think chocolate, think cake, think yes! There are six opportunities to check this out, so pencil it into the diary.

Dates: 18 & 24 March; 1, 8, 15 & 22 April
Time: 4.30pm to 9.30pm
Price: Free
Location: Forrest Place, Perth

SPECIAL MENU ITEMS FOR EAT DRINK PERTH

Along with all these wonderfully varied and sugary sweet events, there are also some indulgent specials that are available while Eat Drink Perth is running:

HOT CROSS BUN MACARON
Location #1: Jean Pierre Sancho, 878 Hay St, Perth

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 7am to 5pm, and weekends, 9am to 5pm

Location #2: Jean Pierre Sancho, 111 St Georges Tce, Perth

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 6.30am to 5pm

The talented team from Jean Pierre Sancho has embraced Easter creativity with the offering of a Hot Cross Bun Macaron ($2.50), infused with cinnamon, cloves, raisin and citron peel, it sounds pretty delicious!

You could buy a dozen and have a particularly fancy sweet treat for Easter afternoon tea.

THICKSHAKES AT PANCAKES AT CARILLON
Location: Pancakes at Carillon, Level 3, Shop 66, Carillon City, Perth

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8am to 3pm; Friday, 8am to 8pm and weekends, 9am to 3pm.

Pancakes at Carillon have really brought their sweet treats ‘A Game’ with this line up of sugary specials.

They’ve got the food and drinks covered:

Nutella Mint Shake, $8.90
Choc Mint Shake, $8.90
Honeycomb Thickshake, $8.90
Black Forest Waffles, $15.90
Grizzly Pancake, $16.90 – Two buttermilk pancakes topped with crispy bacon, fried banana and walnuts covered in maple-flavoured syrup

CHOCOLATE BROWNIE FRAPPE AT AROMA

Location: Available at the following Aroma Cafe locations: Hay St Perth, CIT Northbridge & East Perth, and Alexander Library

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, and weekends, 10am to 4pm

If you have been a lifetime fan of chocolate milk, then the Fudge Brownie Milkshake, $5.50 from Aroma sounds like it really ups the intensity given the inclusion of real chocolate fudge brownies.

It’s chocolate on chocolate on chocolate. Cue the sugar rush!

BREWS AND BITES AT WILLY WAGTAIL

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Location: Willie Wagtail Coffee, 131 William St, Perth

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 6.30am to 4pm

This EDP special from Willy Wagtail sounds like a great option for a morning or afternoon tea, when you fancy enjoying a little longer away from the office than just dashing out for a coffee.

Their Coffee & Bites Tasting Paddle, $12, includes two handcrafted specialty coffees and two delicious homemade bites. Delish!

These tasty bites will vary from day to day, meaning you should definitely plan to visit more than once, so you get to try more of their sweet treats.

EAT DRINK PERTH TRUFFLE COLLECTION AT SUE LEWIS

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Location: Sue Lewis Chocolatier, State Buildings, cnr St Georges Tce and Barrack St, Perth

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 5.00pm; Saturday, 10.00am to 4.00pm

If you are a chocolate fan (my hand goes up) or have one in your life in need of a little spoiling then the Exclusive 12-piece Eat Drink Perth Sue Lewis Chocolate Truffle Box sounds just amazing.

The dozen hand crafted chocolates feature local produce and make for some very uniquely West Australian flavours:

Moonshine Caramel – featuring Whipper Snapper ‘Crazy Uncle Moonshine’
Espresso Martini – featuring Pound coffee & Hippocampus Vodka
Stout & Cocoa Nibs – featuring Eagle Bay Brewing Co. ‘Cocoa Stout’ & Bahen & Co. Cocoa Nibs
Gin, Lime & Juniper Berry – featuring The West Winds Gin ‘The Sabre’

OLIVE OIL AND BURNT ORANGE GELATO AT CHICHO GELATO

Location: Chicho Gelato, 180 William St, Northbridge

Opening Hours: Monday to Wednesday, noon to 10pm; Thursday to Saturday, 12.00pm to 11.00am; Sunday, 12.00pm to 10.00pm

Relative newbie to Northbridge, Chico Gelato has proven to be an incredibly popular addition with their creative gelato flavours.

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They have pushed the creative boundaries further for their first Eat Drink Perth in their new location and have joined forces with York Olive Oil Co to launch an exclusive gelato flavour: Olive oil and saffron with a burnt orange caramel swirl. Wow!

One scoop for $6 or two for $9.

Doesn’t that sound amazing? Sounds like a must for a sweet tooth and those that like trying something a little different.

LIMITED EDITION EAT DRINK PERTH COCKTAILS

Finally, mention needs to go to three cocktail specials for Eat Drink Perth that are definitely of the sweeter persuasion…

HB TIRAMISU-TINI AT THE HIDDEN BAR

Location: The Hidden Bar, 69-71 Aberdeen St, Northbridge

Opening Hours: Daily, 6pm to late

If you love this dessert, then you are sure to enjoy the liquid version at The Hidden Bar with the Tiramisu-Tini ($18). I’ll drink to that!

THE SWEETEST THING COCKTAIL AT MY PLACE BAR AND RESTAURANT

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Location: My Place Bar and Restaurant, 70 Pier St, Perth

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday, 6.30am to 10.30pm; Friday, 6.30am to midnight, and Saturday, 8am to midnight.

The Sweetest Thing Cocktail ($15) is a dessert style cocktail made with Amaretto, Vanilla Galliano, Chambord and cranberry juice.

And only $10 when you order a main meal. Trade in the cake for one of these drinks and dessert is sorted.

DRUNKEN CUDDLES COCKTAIL

Location: Bivouac, 198 William St, Northbridge

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, Noon to late

A pretty cool name for a bevvy, the Drunken Cuddles Cocktail ($16) is a fizzy combination of WA’s own Westwinds Gin, citrus juice and local bubbles topped with mulberry fruit.

Sounds fresh, fruity and fizzy, and I like the WA twist on this drink. Cheers!

Wow! Perth sweet tooths, you can really enjoy a sugar high for more than a month with all these deliciously sweet specials and events.

Some of the events are sure to sell out fast, so once you decide, get booking and enjoy all that Eat Drink Perth has to offer!

This article first appeared at Visit Perth City.

Eat Drink Perth runs March and April 2016, thanks to the City of Perth.


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