Sake and skewers
Fleur, The Royal Hotel’s intimate Japanese-inspired restaurant, is hosting an izakaya-style evening of new-world sake and skewers on Wednesday June 23. Adam Mitchell heads up Fleur's sake program and has chosen a selection of natural sakes including a sparkling one and another made with red rice and koshu (aged sake). They’ll be paired with dishes by head chef Shane Middleton, such as koji-cured salmon skewers with koji emulsion; chicken and scallion meatball with cured-egg sauce; kangaroo and pork tsukune with kangaroo tare; duck heart umeboshi teriyaki; and a red-bean-paste doughnut. Tickets are $65 per person. Book here.
The Chicken & Beer Festival takes three
After two false starts, (due to April's snap lockdown and then a forecast of heavy rain), the Chicken & Beer Festival will go ahead next weekend – rain, hail or shine. This time it's inside the Robinson Pavilion at the Claremont Showgrounds, 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). Pair your tipple with New Orleans-inspired fried chicken from Satchomo Cafe, spicy chicken wings from Wingman or boa buns from Baolicious. There’ll also be a silent disco and carnival rides. Children under 18 enter for free and dogs (on a lead) are welcome. You can use your ticket from the cancelled event(s) – or get one here.
Tiny’s Winter Party Mix
The crew at Neighbourhood Events Co are again bringing together Perth venues and local producers. Their Afternoon Delights Winter Party Mix at Tiny’s on Saturday July 3 will bring together winemakers, breweries and distilleries for a celebration of pinot, pale ale and gin. Expect tipples from Little Things Gin, Giniversity, Feral Brewing, Otherside Brewing Co, Las Vino, Si Vintners and more. Choose from three ticket options: a vino pass, a beer pass or a gin pass. Each comes with five pours and a $10 food voucher for the Tiny’s kitchen. Tickets are $69 per person, plus booking fee. Book here..
Cabin Fever spreads
Cabin Fever is hitting the city ahead of this year’s Margaret River festivities. Head to Heritage Wine Bar on Wednesday June 23, where new head chef Gordon Kahle is teaming up with Arimia Estate chef Evan Hayter for an intimate evening of sustainable eats paired with Arimia Wines. Tickets here. Then on Sunday July 11, Saltbush Dining’s Dylan Brice is joining forces with The Humble Onion’s Chris Howard for a relaxed long lunch of strictly WA produce (some of it from the Humble Onion rooftop and some of it foraged in the South West). Tickets here. And Le Vietnam will be offering a limited-edition Margaret River Wagyu banh mi for the duration of the Cabin Fever dates (July 16 to 25) at their Yagan Square and Barrack Street venues.
Do the truffle shuffle
Winter is here, signaling the start of truffle season in the Southern Forests region. That means Truffle Kerfuffle, Manjimup’s annual celebration of local black truffles, produce and wine, is also upon us. Chef Paul “Yoda” Iskov is bringing his lauded Fervor pop-up to the festival featuring a four-course degustation of native and foraged food at a secret location. And Brendan Pratt of Vasse Felix and La Rebelle’s Liam Atkinson will teach you about truffles and ways to use them as part of the Chef’s Cabin masterclasses. Also on the program: a Sunday brunch with The Humble Onion's Chris Howard; free cooking demonstrations; a marketplace full of fresh produce and artisanal fare from local farms, producers and winemakers; and more. Snap up the final tickets here.
Dinner and a show
Head to the basement at The Stables Bar for a two-course dinner and comedy show with local comics Janelle Koenig and Cam McLaren. Entrée is a tasting plate with tomato and olive arancini, mac and cheese croquette and a brisket slider, while the main is a choice of either herb and ricotta gnocchi, Great Southern pork belly or the pan-fried Cone Bay barramundi. The 2 Course Comedy is on Thursday June 24 from 7pm. Book online.