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The Tastiest Events Of Perth Good Food Month 2018

From hawker style markets and special lunch deals from your favourite restaurants, to exquisite fine dining dinners and masterclasses with renowned chefs; Good Food Month (March 16 – 24) has returned to Perth and it is bringing a mix of local, national and international food with it.

Perth will be alive and buzzing throughout March, with the smells, tastes and energy that only a food festival can bring. Jam packed with collaborations, masterclasses and events, this year’s program has something to appeal to everyone’s tastes.

For the opulence lover: The Beautiful dinner

Held at Post in the State Buildings, and set in a sea of stunning florals seemingly straight out of a Pinterest mood board, The Beautiful Dinner will be as much a feast for the eyes as it is the stomach. Tantalise the senses at what is set to be one of the most beautiful evenings of the Good Food Month program.

A collaboration between Mike McEnearney – executive chef and owner of No.1 Bent Street – and James Squire, the dinner showcases McEnearney’s signature style of generous, authentic wholefoods.

The share-style menu features an entrée of Geraldton king fish ceviche with rockmelon and jamon, mains of roast jerk chicken with sweetcorn, a cabbage, apple and walnut slaw, roast chai spice pumpkin and a dessert of port and ginger poached pears. To wash it all down, James Squire will be serving their Four Wives’ pilsner, The Swindler Tropical pale, Hop Thief American pale ale and an Orchard Crush apple cider.

March 22, 7pm, Post at The State Building, Barrack St and St Georges Terrace, Perth, $85pp

For the conscious consumer: No Waste Monday lunches

For something a little different, make the trip out to Jarrahdale for one of Millbrook Winery’s ‘No Waste Monday’ lunches. Fast becoming one of their signature lunches, ‘No Waste Monday’ speaks an important message about sustainability and reducing waste in the kitchen.

A showcase of the creativity and skill of chef Guy Jeffreys and his team, the ‘No Waste Monday’ lunch does away with a traditional set menu. Using only the left-over and wasted products from the weekend’s service as well as the produce available to them in the garden, the kitchen thinks on their feet to put together an inventive and memorable three course meal.

Working with an often eclectic array of produce that changes from week to week, the dedication and passion that goes in to ‘No Waste Monday’ lunch has to be seen to be truly understood. You may not know exactly what dishes you will be served up when you go, but you can be sure of one thing – it will all be mouth-wateringly delicious.

Mondays throughout March, from 12pm. Millbrook Winery, Old Chestnut Lane, Jarrahdale. $50pp. 

For the entertainer: Entertaining Masterclass

Canapes from Must Wine Bar Photo: Stefan Gosatti/Instagram

Entertaining doesn’t come naturally to everyone, and if it doesn’t don’t stress; Must Winebar have you covered. Get the inside scoop on how to host an impressive dinner party at their two-hour event A Masterclass in Easy Entertaining. Run by Russell Blaikie and the talented Must Winebar team, the hands-on masterclass takes you through how to pull of your own panic-free party at home, with lots of down-to-earth advice and one on one tips.

The low-key gathering will take you step-by-step through an easy entertaining recipe, before learning from the expert sommeliers about which wines to pair with your meal. If this doesn’t impress your guests, we aren’t sure what will! Drinks and all ingredients are supplied, so you can sip and graze your way through the event until your heart’s content.

March 25, 3-5pm,  Must Winebar, 519 Beaufort St Highgate, $125pp


For the family: Night Noodle Markets

The Night Noodle Market is the most anticipated event of Good Food Month each year. Kid friendly, dog friendly and with plenty of options for those with special dietary requirements, The Night Noodle Markets encourage everyone to get out and explore creative culinary options about the city.

Held at Elizabeth Quay and framed by the stunning sights of the city skyline and Swan River, the open-air food festival is a hive of energy and, of course, delectable food.

Simple street fare is not the name of the Night Noodle Market’s game, with renowned vendors like Gelato Messina, Miss Chow’s and Black Star Pastry setting up shop to sell their most recognised dishes for the 9-day event. There are no burgers and poffertjes here, but you will find delicacies like Korean fried chicken stuffed cheese puffles, topped with Japanese mayo and shallots (available at Puffle); and sundaes of black sesame gelato, condensed milk coffee jelly, miso crunch, banana miso bread, vanilla cream and coffee powder (available at Gelato Messina).

It is a cash free event, so don’t forget to bring your cards.

March 16 – 25,  Elizabeth Quay, free entry, dishes from $5 – $20.

Published 11 March, 2018