Beers and bao
Seven of Perth’s best bao food trucks are headlining Northbridge’s first Beer & Bao Festival at The Perth Mess Hall on Sunday May 9. Trucks such as Baolicious, The Dirty Swine, Mild Bite Food Truck, Master Panda, Banana Leaf Modern Filipino Street Food, Hoki Bao and Merlion Seafood Street will be slinging soft, pillowy bao (plus dumplings, savoury crepes, chicken bites and more) as they compete for the title of “The King Of Bao”. There’ll also be dessert trucks (serving deep-fried sweet baos and creme brulee) and cold beers on-tap. Entry is free and it’s open from 12pm to 9pm.
A wine tour through Italy
We might not be able to fly to Italy, but that doesn’t mean we can’t experience some of the country’s most renowned wines. North Fremantle’s Bib & Tucker is bringing a taste of Italy to its Leighton Beach restaurant with a wine masterclass – A Trip To Italy – hosted by sommelier Cicero Salvador on Friday May 21. Guests will travel from the North to the South sipping on wines from six different Italian wine regions: Alto Adige, Veneto, Piedmont, Toscana, Abruzzo and Sicily. Wines are paired with nibbles from the Bib & Tucker kitchen thanks to executive chef Scott Bridger. Tickets are $60 per person. Get them here.
If you forgot it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, don’t panic – some of Perth’s finest are here to help you maintain your status as favourite child. Market Grounds is hosting a painting class followed by a three-course lunch, with a glass of Chandon or a Cointreau cocktail on arrival. Dishes include lamb ribs with chilli, grilled Cockburn squid, roast porchetta with white bean cassoulet and rainbow carrots and tickets are $110 per person (or $55 for lunch only). Elsewhere, Hearth at the Ritz Carlton is serving an afternoon tea with tiers of sweet and savoury treats paired with Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé, Belvedere Spritz, Seven Seas Tea and Coffee by Off Shoot. There’ll also be a WA seafood station with Albany rock oysters, scallop ceviche and Exmouth king prawns, plus a pink chocolate fountain. Tickets available here.
Look on the bright side
Sydney’s crafty brewer Wildflower has joined forces with Ravensworth Wines for a series of events around the country to launch Bright Side Beers, a new range of brews made with smoke-tainted grapes from the 2020 bushfires. Winemaker Bryan Martin and brewer Topher Boehm are bringing these exclusive beers to Si Paradiso this month, along with Sydney chefs Enrico Tomelleri (Alberto's Lounge, ex-10 William St and Fratelli Paradiso) and Gaspar Tse (Jangling Jack's, Hotluck Club and ex-10 William St), who’ll be cooking alongside Si Paradiso chef Paul Bentley. The event is free, but you best book a table to secure a spot. Get your tickets here.
Raise the steaks
The Arbor in Fremantle is firing up its charcoal grill for Thursday Steak Night. Located in The Old Synagogue, the three-storey pub and wine garden will serve a 250-gram sirloin with fries, salad and your choice of sauce for $15 starting this Thursday, May 6. (You can upgrade to a 300-gram Scotch filet for $24 or a 250-gram eye fillet for $26.) And you can add sides such as crispy onion rings, salt and pepper WA cuttlefish, and wok-tossed Asian greens. No bookings required, walk-ins only.