Less than half an hour from the city centre, the Swan Valley is Perth’s unofficial food and wine playground. And while the region’s cellar doors, restaurants, breweries and distilleries are ready to show visitors a good time year-round, this November the area will host one of WA’s biggest food and wine parties.
Gourmet Feast in the Valley is the marquee event of the inaugural Swan Valley leg of Western Australia Gourmet Escape presented by Westpac. Held over two days (Saturday November 9 and Sunday November 10) at historic Sandalford Estate, the family-friendly outdoor festival is a celebration of music, food and family-orientated fun.
Here are Broadsheet’s top five picks for the festival to help you make the most of your weekend.
Learn to barbeque from the experts
The Fire Pit presented by Australian Good Meat is an open-plan barbeque of epic proportions that features 360-degree views of the cooking and prep. In action here will be culinary heavyweights such as British legend Marco Pierre White and Melbourne-born Texas-based American and “hardcore carnivore” Jess Pryles, allowing you the chance to see their handiwork up close. Fine local wines will be on hand to pair with the action.
A limited number of guests can also meet Pierre White during a “Wine and Sign” session, which includes a signed copy of the chef’s book ‘White Heat’ and a glass of Swan Valley wine.
Music for all-ages
Music is one of the cornerstones of Feast in the Valley and the soundtrack offers something for everyone. Slick Sydney rockers the Rubens will headline the Saturday show, and hometown heroes Abbe May, Carla Geneve and Web Rumors will keep the Sunday crowd lively. Kids’ entertainers Dirtgirl and Justine Clarke will ensure there’s shapes on the dance floor, and Sydney DJ Andrew Levins will kick-off the day with a kids disco DJ set.
Explore a truckload of eating options
Get to know the Perth food trucks redefining meals on wheels. Expect a hunger-busting array of eating options including South American comfort food from Soul Provider, Vietnamese street food by Banh Mizzle and Brazillian-style tapioca crepes from Tapi Truck.
Learn some new skills
Feast in the Valley is committed to sharing valuable cooking skills for punters to take home with them. The Locally Made: Swan Valley Workshop Series will see Swan Valley artisans showing guests the finer points of pickling, fermenting and preserving. These workshops aren’t just for adults: The Little Growers Garden in association with the Forever Project will teach children how to grow herbs, turn kitchen scraps into compost and build their own worm farm. Sessions are also available to create your own bespoke gin with local distiller Old Young’s, where you can also try its official Gourmet Escape Gin, created for the festival.
Taste some of the state’s best producers
Above all, Gourmet Feast in the Valley is perhaps the best way to experience a huge range of gourmet exhibitors all in the one spot. Sharing their stories and tastes during the festival are specialist cheesemongers The Cheese Barrel; Perth-based distillery High Spirits Distillery; gourmet cinnamon bun bakers Spirals Cinnamon; and Dr Goodtimes Kombucha, purveyors of locally made, hand-crafted kombucha.
The first 20 Broadsheet readers to register here will receive a free double pass to Gourmet Feast in the Valley on Saturday 9 November.
Gourmet Feast in the Valley will be held at Sandalford Estate over November 9 and 10. Tickets start from $40 for a one-day adult ticket and $15 for a one-day junior (5-17 years) ticket and are available now.
Broadsheet is a proud media partner of Western Australian Gourmet Escape presented by Westpac.