Something is brewing at Claremont Showground
More than 100 breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries are gathering at the Claremont Showground this weekend for the return of Froth Town (formerly Perth Craft Beer Festival). Expect two beer halls, with quality drops from Feral Brewing, Cheeky Monkey, Matso’s, Eagle Bay Brewing, and many more. The line-up comes courtesy of beer wrangler Will Irving (ex-Feral Brewing), who helped source some of the rare brews from over east and overseas, including Firestone Walker in California and Mountain Culture Beer Co in the Blue Mountains – plus some exclusive, never-before-seen collaboration brews. Don’t feel like a frothie? There’ll also be a champagne and cheese tent, a dedicated G&T house, show rides and food trucks. There are multiple sessions across the weekend, with both child-friendly and adults-only times. Tickets are a must.
Espresso Martini Festival returns for round two
After the debut event sold out in 72 hours last year, CBD bar Market Grounds is hosting its second Espresso Martini Festival this Sunday, April 18. The all-day event is, naturally, dedicated to everyone’s favourite caffeinated cocktail and the drinks that go into making it: Dead Man’s Fingers Coffee Rum, Archie Rose vodka, Jameson Cold Brew and Pueblo Viejo, among others. There are $13 Espresso Martini specials all day, a Martini caravan bar and Espresso Martini chunky cookies from the guys behind Get Chunky. Other food highlights include deep-fried tiramisu ice-cream from Fry’d Icecream and savoury bites from the Market Grounds kitchen. There are two sessions to choose from for general admission: Wake n’ Shake, from 11am to 2.30pm, and Late Shaker, from 3pm to 6pm. All general admission tickets ($39) include entry and two Espresso Martinis of your choice. Tickets here.
A vegan feast that even non-vegans will love
Sweetwater Rooftop Bar in East Fremantle has always offered a substantial vegan menu that’s able to draw a crowd, especially on Sunday when the venue puts on its yum cha spread. On Tuesday April 27, Sweetwater is hosting its Autumn Vegan Feast, an evening dedicated to Asian-inspired vegan dishes. Head chef Alex Baglin is still working on the degustation menu, which is set to be released soon, but you can be sure it will feature lots of spice. Best to book ahead – tickets are $75 per person and available online.
Lucky number eight
Shadow Wine Bar in Northbridge is hosting its first in-house event since reopening after Covid-19. The degustation dinner, Otto Volte (meaning Eight Times), will be headed up by Shadow’s head chef Anthony Yuill, who’ll present eight courses. Think goat’s curd tartlet with heirloom tomatoes and basil; duck with smoked beetroot and macadamia; and Wagyu with parsnip and agrodolce (an Italian sweet-and-sour sauce). Shadow’s Rachael Hughes is behind the curated wine list for the evening. Otto Volte is on Tuesday April 20, with sittings from 6pm. Book here.
Scarborough bar and eatery Skol has been heaving since it opened last spring, with crowds overflowing – especially on weekends. Skol and neighbouring cafe Drift Kitchen are joining forces for an End of Summer Block Party on Saturday April 24. The venues will take over the car park out the front of their building, on the corner of Calais Road and Ewen Street, from 12pm to 10pm with local live music, Skol’s popular Scandi-influenced cocktails, natural wines and bites from the Skol kitchen. Everyone is welcome, including kids, and entry is free.