Valley and Vines Festival, Swan Valley

Hi everyone,

Sunday March 3rd 2013, part of the Labour Day long weekend in Perth will see the inaugural Valley and Vines Festival. This festival is designed around 6 different venues in the Swan Valley offering food, wine for sample and sale along with live entertainment from 10am to 5pm.


Participating Venues:

Olive Farm Wines & The Cheese Barrel


Carilley Estate (Homestead location)

Chesters of Heafod Glen

Harris Organic Wines

Ugly Duckling Wines

Venue Location - V&V

The format for the festival consists of visiting three venues (of your choice and order or in a pre-arranged package including transportation) for a two hour period at each with 30 minutes provided between the venues for transportation. Ticket holder are entitled to:

  • Valley & Vines branded lanyard featuring their itinerary (must be worn all day)
  • Valley & Vines wine glass to be used throughout the day
  • First pour (120 mls) at the first session of the day

Tickets are $35  per person with an additional $40 if you wish to not have to worry about transportation or a schedule for the day. To make a booking to attend Valley and Vines, follow this link.

I unfortunately am not free to attend this event which is in a format which I would have been very curious to see, if anyone does end up attending this event feel free to comment below and let me know how it went!

Until next time!

Toast to the Coast, Mindarie

Hi everyone,

An upcoming event for next month is the 7th annual Toast to the Coast is a free event, which is predominantly food and wine festival which will be running on Sunday the 24th of March at Mindarie Marina. A map of the stall locations can be found here.

There will be over 50 different stalls ranging from food and wine (10-5) to arts and craft (9-5) and a children’s zoo (11-4). Live entertainment, tastings and celebrity cooking shows will also be occurring though out the day.

Anyone considering attending this event?

Until next time!

FeBREWary Beer Festival, Mindarie

Hi everyone,

I know this post is a little early but there is a month long beer festival being held in Mindarie at the Indi Brewery. Events include beer samples, live music, beer inspired meals, along with international and local beers that are being brought into the bar for tap and bottled ranges for this month long event. For those of you who live near to Mindarie there will be a Happy Hour running 5-6:30 every evening on weeknights across February. This event is definitely one for the beer lovers of Perth!

There will be 2 FeBREWary Festive Ales (new):

Indi Nekta 6.0%
Tasting Notes:
This Belgian Wheat Ale is pale orange in colour & is brewed using malted & unmalted wheat and malted barley. Unfiltered & served cloudy, yeast driven flavours are very pronounced with pineapple & mango esters being apparent. Fermented with a yeast strain acquired from a small Belgian Brewery that produces a fruity finish with traces of bubblegum

Indi Belgian Pale Ale 7.6%
Tasting Notes: This Belgian Style Pale Ale is deep amber in colour with a relatively full body for a beer of this alcoholic strength. Medium fruity esters are evident in aroma and flavour and low levels of phenolic spiciness from yeast by-products may also be perceived. Hop bitterness is low to medium, with hop flavour and aroma also in this range. Brewed with a light coloured Belgian Candy Sugar this beer is highly attenuated with a perceptively deceiving high alcoholic character. Flavours of imported Belgian Biscuit Malts blend well with a complex fruitiness that finishes with pineapple, banana and bubblegum when the beer is allowed to warm

There will also be 2 new English style ales to try, hand pumped in the main bar. Along with the launch of the new Indi  Fe-BREW-ary Ale, called Indi Kolsch. And lastly a selection of international guest beers available by the bottle to purchase throughout the week and free tastings on Sundays.

For those who love their food, as well as those who love beer inspired food:Indi Brewery Head Chef, Gill Lewkowicz, has also put together a unique, beer inspired ‘Brew Bites’ Menu for the month including mouthwatering dishes infused with the good old amber ale.

There will also be mid week brewery tours running in Febuary, tours will cost $20 per person.

Until next time!

Cider Fest 2013, Mindarie

Hi Everyone,

Running this weekend up in Mindarie in Perth is a Cider Festival at the Boat Ale House. Live Music and Cider Tastings will be happening across the weekend and if you live in the areas something to consider.


FRIDAY 11th  J-Man & Rosie 8-11pm
SATURDAY 12th  Organ Grinders 7-10pm
SUNDAY 13th  Keith McDonald 2-5pm


FRIDAY 11th 6-8pm
SATURDAY 12th 3-6pm
SUNDAY 13th 3-6pm

Anyone considering going? I’m not sure if I will be able to make it, depends on how many errands I have to run after getting back from Melbourne but do share how it goes if you end up going!

Until next time!

Monthly Review: December

Hi everyone,

1. Favourite wine of the month?

With the onset of summer in Perth I have been passing over my usual reds for chilled wines – mainly Sauvignon Blanc Semillon’s and Rose’s.

2. What has been the best value wine of the month?

Olive Farms 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon – $25.

3. What has been added to my to-try wine list?

The rest of the wines at Olive Farm, something I will be able to do in the near future when I redeem my christmas gift of a voucher to a Cheese Barrel’s gourmet cheese making class.

4. What restaurants do I want to return to?

After visiting the Swan Valley and the Riverside Restaurant located in the region I would love to return to the Swan Valley to try more wineries and eateries in the area.

5. What was my favourite meal this month?

The Gnocchi I had at The Blue Duck in Cottesloe was to die for! The gnocchi melted in my mouth and the fresh vegetables made for an exciting summer dish.



6. Upcoming events for next month?

Twilight Hawkers Markets (cuisine from around the globe) – Forrest Place, Perth City 5pm-9pm every Friday into April.

Boat’s annual Cider Festival – Mindarie Marina, Mindarie January 11th-13th.

Fe”BREW”ary FestivitiesIndi Brewary, Mindarie February 1st-28th.

7. Favourite wine packaging?

Jim Barry’s Sauvignon Blanc Semillon won BF over and for doing that I’d say he win’s for favourite packaging of the month!

Wine Labels.

Wine Labels.

8. Best service?

William at Quarter on Hay – review of my meal there will be up soon.

9. Restaurant I am most keen to try next month?

Heading off to Melbourne for a week so a quaint little restaurant with delicious homemade simple food in a side street is something I would love to find.

10. Wine Century Challenge.

Total: 25 varietals.

Favourite = Müller-Thurgau

Until next time!

2012 Fremantle Festival

Hi everyone!

Those of you who live in Perth may be aware that the Fremantle Festival began last weekend. For those of you who didn’t, it’s ok as the festival is running for a few weeks with different events. I’ll give you a quick highlight of the food and alcohol based events but there are many more events that are clothing, sporting and music based events for people of all ages!

Fremantle Festival 2012.

Friday November 2nd

8pm – late.

Sail & Anchor – Day of the Dead at the Sail & Anchor.

(Live entertainment and 12 beer taps and tiki cocktails across 2 bars)

Saturday November 3rd

9am – 5pm

Town Hall – Barista Competition.

(A competition to find the best barista to represent WA at the national competition in Melbourne.)

Sunday November 4th

10am – 7pm

South Terrace – Coffee Festival.

(South Terrace is shut down and is filled with barristers, spaghetti eating contests and lots of different coffee’s to try)

see this blog post for a more in-depth description of the event.

2012 Coffee Festival Poster.

Saturday November 10th and Sunday November 11th

Noon- 5pm

Sail and Anchor Pub – Beer Royale 2012 and WA Beer Week

(Two days of entertainment and craft beers from across Australia to sample.)

I’ll hopefully make it out to some of these events so come say hi if you see me or let me know what you thought if you go to one of these events! Feel free to send me any reviews and/or pictures you take if you go!

For the full list of events in the 2012 Fremantle Festival go here.

Until next time!