A sweet throwback
Cooee’s pastry whiz Amanda Yong is introducing a series of nostalgic treats all October – with a delicious all-Aussie twist. From October 5 to 31, the riverside restaurant is serving up a menu of throwback desserts – albeit zhooshed up a bit – with a Davidson-plum-jam-and-cream fairy-bread doughnut, a riff on a Golden Gaytime with Geraldton honey and wattleseed, a lilly-pilly-jam-and-coconut lamington and an Iced VoVo with raspberry marshmallow and coconut. Yong will be serving up one sweet each week, so the dedicated among you might want to schedule in four visits. Book a seat here.
Mornings are better with free coffee (and free yoga)
Doubleview’s newest cafe is giving away free coffee from 8am until 12pm on Sunday October 3 to celebrate its grand opening. Folk & Merchant is a cafe and retail space run by wife-and-husband duo Laura and Gary Fletcher in the old Mr Herbert’s Cafe site. The retail store is stocking products from small local businesses with an eco-friendly ethos, while the cafe is serving coffee by Kaltiva Coffee Roasters, fresh juices, smoothies, kombucha. The food menu starts on Monday October 4, but you can expect free platters and tasters over the weekend, with sourdough from Bread Bros and homemade relishes and jam by Oohlala Preserves. As well as free coffee, there’s a free yoga class, live music and kid’s activities throughout the day.
A beer and beef festival
The state’s largest parkland event is back on October 30 and 31. The WA Beer & Beef Festival will see more than 50 local breweries hauling over 140 beers, including limited-edition brews, to the Burswood Parklands over two days. Non-beer drinkers won’t go thirsty, with the Garden of Cocktail Dreams shaking-up cocktails all day long. Food vendors will be serving up juicy barbeque, plus there’ll be live music across two stages, carnival rides, games and more. There’s plenty of seating throughout the park, or you can roll out a picnic blanket in the shade. All-day tickets and evening tickets include one drink token. You can also purchase tasting cards, which don’t include event entry. More here.
Skol’s first birthday bash
Scarborough neighbourhood bar and eatery Skol is celebrating its first birthday with a Block Party on October 30. Skol and neighbouring cafe Drift Kitchen are known for hosting fun block parties and they’re calling it that this one's bigger and better than before. The party will spill out from the venue and into the carpark out front, on the corner of Calais Road and Ewen Street. From 12pm until 10pm there’ll be craft beers, natural and lo-fi wines, Skol’s Scandi-style cocktails and food from the Skol kitchen. Plus, live music and free entry. More details here.
A long table lunch at Meelup Farmhouse
Head down south for Meelup Farmhouse’s Springtime Luncheon in Eagle Bay. The long table lunch on Wednesday October 6 starts with a signature cocktail under the olive trees, followed by a seated five-course degustation on the back verandah. The feast is designed by head chef Dean Williams and paired with wines from Wise Wines. The lunch will raise funds for the Saba Rose Button Foundation, to help support children with Cerebral Palsy and there'll be an auction, raffles and live entertainment throughout the afternoon. Tickets are $180 per person plus booking fee and available here.