Perth Girl About Town

24 February 2011

Food & Festivals coming up in Perth

There are so many good events coming up in the city and they all look fun and yummy! Isn't that always the best combination? March is Eat Drink Perth Month in the city and that sounds right up my alley!

First of all, every Friday in March there will be Twilight Hawker Markets in the Murray Street Mall. These markets will hold lots of different types of food and there will also be plenty of entertainment to enjoy while feasting. Perfect oppurtunity to grab something after work on a Friday night!
If you want to see more information you can go to the Show Me Perth website -

This is a feature of Eat Drink Perth which is running all March in the City of Perth. The program gets released on Sunday in the Sunday Times but you can also go on their website for more information or click here for a sneak peek! In previous years there have been specials on at lots of restaurants in the city and if you're lucky, some freebies! Freebies like a free main course at Black Tom's in West Perth! Click here for the details

Coming up is also the William Street Festival being held on Sunday 20th March. This will be similar to the Beaufort Street Festival held late last year. They will be closing the roads between Brisbane and Newcastle Street and providing free entertainment including dance, contemporary music and comedy, as well as roving performers and artisitc displays. There will also be plenty of food on offer from the restaurants in that area. It will be interesting to see how this turns out!!

Of course there is also the International Beer Festival this weekend at the SUpreme Court Gardens. I will be very interested in how the logistics of this years festival work out after the cock-ups in previous years. 

Last of all, there is the Fine Food Festival at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 20th to 22nd of March. M has a connection to the food industry so he will be there and I am going to go on my lunch break one day. There will be lots of different food stalls but also exhibitions about cooking equipment. Go to if you want more info!

22 February 2011

Dave Hughes at the Astor & The Fringe Festival

M and I really like going to see comedians, whats better than going home with your mouth sore from laughing?! There are a couple of places around Perth which host comedy shows each week but when we heard that Dave Hughes was coming to Perth we bought tickets knowing it would be a sell out. The Astor Theatre in Mount Lawley is so nice on the inside, a real reminder of what it used to be to go on an outing to the theatre. Dave Hughes was really funny but I thought that he used all his good material in the first 45 minutes and I was yawning for the last fifteen minutes. It could also be because it was a 9pm show and I am getting to be a nana! ha!

M and I also went to the Fringe Festival last Saturday night. The Fringe Festival is between February 4th - 26th and is held in the Cultural Centre in Northbridge. The festival has many different cabaret, comedy, burlesque, short performance and musical acts. It is held in a circus like tent called the Spiegeltent and it is like a cabaret lounge from the 1920's. We booked a 10pm show called "The Freak & The Showgirl". Well, I cant actually describe what happened in the show if I don't want to be picked up in some unsavoury google searches! Let's just say that there was an over 18 restriction on the show and really they should have warned people that there would be full frontal male and female nudity! Luckily I wasn't offended by it and found it amusing and good fun with just a little bit of shock thrown into the mix.   There is a good description of what the show is about here 

If you want to see more information on the Fringe Festival then go to

13 February 2011

Whitlams at Joondalup Resort

M really loves The Whitlams but up until recently we hadn't had a chance to see them in concert. Then one Saturday when I was ordering my wedding flowers from Karma Floral Design, we noticed they were having a free concert in the City of Joondalup with the WA Youth Orchestra as backing music. The concert was just for City of Joondalup rate payers so I had to talk my aunty into coming with me and picking up some tickets. 

So M and I went to Joondalup Resort last Thursday night after work to attend the Valentine's Day concert. I had never been to the Joondalup Resort before and was surprised at how beautiful it was out there. We were also surprised with how many people had attended that night and how hard it was to find a good spot close to the stage.

It was a nice balmy night, perfect for sitting outside under the stars and listening to the vocals of The Whitlams and the music of the Orchestra.

Apparently they have free concerts annually for Valentine's Day so if you live close to Joondalup keep an eye out for it!

New Job and Barossa Valley

So I have been so slack blogging wise lately but I have some good reasons! First of all, I have been planning my wedding which is 3 months away tomorrow! Speaking of which, I have updated my wedding page with some of the things I have been organising. I haven't included everything as I want to keep some surprises for my guests which read this. 

Secondly, I started my new job at Rio Tinto last month so it has been a hectic time. Apart from learning all of the aspects of my job I went for a team workshop in the Barossa Valley. The workshop went for 4 days and it was a really interesting experience. We had wine tasting, yoga first thing every morning and lots of different team building exercises. We also had every meal at Harry's Restaurant, which is located at the Novatel Barossa Valley Resort. Some of the dinners we had include the below

 Seared prawns on skordalia, rocket and sauce vierge
 Roasted breast of chicken served on piedmont roasted peppers
Dark caramel and chocolate fudge tart with chocolate Bailey's emulsion

The service was fantastic at Harry's Restaurant and I should know, we had breakfast, lunch and dinner there for our entire stay!!
I had a great time in the Barossa but I was looking forward to coming home!

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