Two days, 20 wineries
City Wine is taking over Russell Square in Northbridge on Friday May 21 and Saturday May 22. More than 20 wineries will be in attendance, including Wise Wine, Evans & Tate, Clown Fish and Bunkers, with more than 150 drops to try and buy (you can even hire a wine locker to store your purchases). There’ll also be drinks from local breweries and distilleries, plus food stalls such as Gnocchi Gnocchi Boys, Shak Shuka Moroccan Street Food and Mr Dim Sum. Each ticket comes with a mini or premium Plumm glass, and you can upgrade to a VIP ticket, which comes with complimentary Bunkers wines, beer from the private bar, catering, and courtyard areas with tables and seating. Buy your ticket here.
A taste of Japan with whisky and Wagyu
Basement bar Goody Two’s is serving up a Whisky & Wagyu experience for one night only on Saturday May 29. The Japanese-whisky bar regularly hosts whisky masterclasses, but this time three premium whiskies will be paired with three Wagyu dishes cooked by executive chef Scott Bridger (also of Bib & Tucker, May Street Larder and Pogo). The evening will start with Futari Wagyu tartare with sancho pepper jam, nashi pear, crispy roti and cured egg yolk before moving on to charcoal roasted Wagyu oyster blade with Korean dressing, toasted nori and sesame and finishing on slices of roasted Futari inside skirt with smoked soy and lemon. Guests receive a Matsui Tottori Red pear highball on arrival followed by a Japanese whisky flight that features a selection of punchy to light whiskies: Nikka from the Barrel, Yamazakura 963 Black and Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve. Tickets are $95 per person. Get them here..
New dates for the Chicken and Beer Festival
A snap lockdown on the Anzac Day long weekend scuppered plans for Subiaco’s Chicken & Beer Festival. Happily, the union of fried chook and craft beer is happening this month – from Friday May 21 to Sunday May 23. The line-up is the same, with more than 60 brews from producers such as Little Creatures, Pirate Life, Mountain Goat and Fat Bull (who are launching two new brews for the festival), among others. Pair your tipple with a New Orleans-inspired deep-fried chicken from Satchomo Café in North Perth; spicy chicken wings from Wingman; boa buns from Baolicious; or vegan bahn mi, baos and fries from The Dirty Swine. There’ll also be a silent disco and carnival rides. Children under 18 enter for free and dogs (on a lead) are welcome. If you already have a ticket from the cancelled event, then hold onto it or get your tickets here.
QT Hotels across the country have teamed up with Melbourne's Four Pillars Gin on a series of dinners to celebrate the release of a collaboration gin, Ordered Chaos. In Perth, QT’s in-house Italian bistro Santini Bar & Grill will be serving five courses with “riotous flavour combinations, deconstructed dishes and highly smashable desserts”. Expect cured scallop with tostada and corn butter; yellowtail kingfish crudo with blood orange vinaigrette, yoghurt, salmon roe and fennel fronds; black Berkshire porchetta with chestnut, sage, Tuscan cabbage and pork glaze; and, for dessert, a white-chocolate ball with coconut mousse, almond gelato and chocolate crumbs, all matched with “sensory cocktails”, musical pairings and more. Tickets are $175 per person and available here.
Wine and Dine at The Shorehouse
Voyager Estate chief winemaker and viticulturalist, Steve James is travelling from Margaret River to The Shorehouse in Swanbourne for a wine-paired dinner on Friday May 21. This is the second year James has hosed the exclusive dining experience, which will feature a premium Voyager Estate wine with each course and a pre-release of the 2019 Block 6 Chardonnay. The five-course dinner includes crab rillettes with smoked caviar; Rangers Valley sirloin with harissa carrots; and lemon, macadamia and blackberry gelato with thyme shortbread paired with six wines – starting with the 2020 Voyager Estate “Project Sparkling” chenin blanc and ending with the 2018 Voyager Estate Project Cane Cut semillon. Tickets available here..