The City of Perth has officially launched the program for its 12th annual Eat Drink Perth festival, comprising a record number of events, 16 March – 23 April 2016.
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the festival served up the newest and best of Perth’s exploding food and beverage scene while catering to all tastes and budgets.
“We’re thrilled to have nine of this year’s Australian Top 100 Restaurant finalists participating in Eat Drink Perth – including from the new State Buildings – however, this festival offers so much more than restaurant dining,” Ms Scaffidi said.
“Eat Drink Perth highlights our city’s range of affordable, high quality and new food experiences, offering everything from date night dining options to cheap and cheerful family eats, after work drinks, and catchups with friends over coffee and treats.”
The possibility Eat Drink Perth presents to turn any meal or snack into a culinary event has seen it grow to become Perth’s biggest food festival, extending to five weeks and 90 events.
Exclusive Eat Drink Perth happenings include masterclasses, markets, long table dinners, tours, and specialty degustations including one of Asian street eats and one just of desserts.
Over 80 food retail and hospitality businesses – in the CBD, Northbridge, East Perth and West Perth – contributed an event or menu item for free inclusion in Eat Drink Perth 2016.
Sponsored events like Thai New Year in Russell Square and Northbridge’s Food Truck Rumble promote cultural diversity and new trends in food, while invigorating city spaces.
The City is bringing back its WA produce and product market Perth Home Grown, the kids’ Perth City Easter Fun Day, the Twilight Hawkers Market’s popular Dessert Garden, a bigger Yum Cha in the Park, and some already booked-out free chef talks in the City’s new Library.
“This is the local food industry’s time to shine, to demonstrate and grow the pride that recent developments and world media coverage have brought about Perth’s emergence as a global food tourism destination,” Ms Scaffidi said.
Sample the program online at visitperthcity.com/eatdrinkperth, pick up a copy at the iCity Visitor Information Booth and key events and join the conversation with #EatDrinkPerth.
Photos by Jessica Wyld