Mother’s Day Outings That Aren’t Brunch

Want to treat your mum for Mother’s Day, but haven’t quite decided what to do yet? Want to do something which is not your usual brunch or breakfast? Need some inspiration? Check out this list of awesome things to do!

Perth Zoo
9:00am – 5:00pm
Mums receive free entry into Perth Zoo on Mother’s Day, so why not take the family for a day out? Enjoy a stroll through the beautiful gardens and of course view the many unique animals on display. You could even prepare a delicious picnic to graze on while relaxing in one of the many park areas.

Mothers Day card and tea

Swan River High Tea Cruise
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Imagine enjoying all the usual high tea treats, but while cruising along the beautiful Swan River! Tea and coffee is included and mum receives a complimentary glass of bubbly so you really can’t go wrong!

Mother’s Day Breakfast – with Koalas!
8:00am – 9:00am and 9:30am – 10:30am
The Maze Family Fun Park is offering a buffet style breakfast and a chance to meet their cute and cuddly koalas! You could also spend the rest of the day at the park playing mini golf and getting lost in the mazes.

People on paddle steamer
Image: Paddle Steamer Decoy

Mother’s Day Jazz Cruise
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Does your mum love jazz? The Paddle Steamer Decoy is hosting a 3 hour cruise around the Swan River with live music from the Gumnut Stompers. Their musical preferences include the jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Jellyroll Morton, but they have a vast repertoire of old favourites.

Mother’s Day Mini Yoga Retreat @ Restful Waters
10:00am – 12:00pm
Prefer to do something relaxing? Treat yourself and your mum to a 2 hour session of relaxing Vishrant yoga, gentle movement and guided meditation followed by tea and light refreshments.

Fremantle Grazing Cruise
11:00am – 2:00pm
Treat mum to a fantastic 3 hour cruise around Fremantle. Relax while taking in the spectacular views and indulging in treats from the grazing table. Entry also includes a glass of bubbles, so what are you waiting for?

Staying in Perth for the Easter Long Weekend?

It feels like everyone goes away for the annual four day break, but why would you when there is so much fun stuff happening in Perth over Easter? And it’s not all about the kiddies – here are some things for the adults to enjoy.

All weekend: 19 – 22 April

Fremantle Street Arts Festival

Photo credit: Elle Borgward

While this is technically a family event, it is good fun for all ages – – -> PLUS there are pop-up bars on the street for when you need to kick back with an adult refreshment. The main streets in the centre of Freo are transformed into an open-air street theatre featuring buskers from around the world. 

Good Friday: 19 April

Good Friday Raceday @ Ascot

The conclusion of the 2019 Autumn Racing Carnival is celebrated well with a free entry raceday on Good Friday. Enjoy live music, visit the bars and eat too much from their large selection of food trucks.

West Coast Eagles v Port Adelaide

Does it even need to be said that there is a footy game on? In a first for Perth, Optus Stadium and The Camfield are both able to serve drinks on Good Friday without the purchase of a meal.

Easter Saturday: 20 April

Funked Up Brass

Photo credit: Nicole M Photography

Funked Up Brass are bringing their award-winning Fringe show to the Sewing Room for one night only! With 11 brass instruments and 2 drummers, plus vocals by Matilda Simcock, you know this will be a hell of a funky gig!

Swing Party on the PS Decoy

Image provided by band

A little party never killed nobody! The Paddle Steamer Decoy is hosting another twilight jazz cruise with Swinging’ at the Savoy. Swing dance your heart out to the best jazz tunes of the 1930’s and 40’s, plus a few of the band’s originals. They will keep you entertained and up on the dance floor all night!

Easter Sunday: 21 April

Leederville Block Party

For an epic Sunday sess, hit up Leedy for another one of their famous block parties! It’s the usual line-up of entertainment across 4 venues with 5 stages, and plenty of food and drink specials.

Easter Tailgate Party @ The Mustang

The Mustang is pretty well known for the manic tailgate parties they hold every long weekend. Peter Busher and the Lone Rangers are playing from 6pm, followed by Kaskayde taking the stage from 10pm. It is guaranteed to be a late night, and with free entry you really can’t go wrong!

Dance Party on the PS Decoy

Quirky Events presents their first ever live music dance party on a boat! You can enjoy the sights of Perth on a balmy evening, while dancing along to all your favourite party songs!

Monty Cotton will engage and entertain you with his brilliant guitar skills and musical versatility which have made him one of the most sought after entertainers in Perth. He will cover a broad range of music styles including rock and roll, country, R&B and modern pop – guaranteed to get you to hitting the deck and dancing all night long!

Monty Cotton entertaining a crowd with his guitar skills
Monty Cotton will provide live entertainment

This Quirky Event takes place on the West Australian built Paddle Steamer Decoy. It is a unique entertainment venue that has been steaming along the Swan River for over 30 years, and has a licensed bar with a great selection of reasonably priced drinks to keep you afloat.

Paddle Steamer Decoy on the Swan River
Paddle Steamer Decoy on the Swan River at dusk

Tickets are $32 per person, or only $28 per person for a group of six – so get your crew together for a night to remember! Tickets can be purchased here or you can view and share the Facebook event here. Boarding from Mends Street jetty starts at 6pm, with departure at 6:15pm. If you prefer, you can choose to board at Barrack Street jetty from 6:40 – 7pm. We will return to Barrack Street jetty at 9pm, and Mends Street jetty at 9:45pm.

Experience the absolute best boat party entertainer, Monty Cotton, on Quirky Events first ever boat shindig!

Degustation Dinner Featuring Perth Produce & Margaret River Beers

Bizu x Black Brewing Co Dego Dinner

Quirky Events, Bar Bizu and Black Brewing Co have teamed up to bring you an epic degustation dinner.

Chef Marcello will create six delicious courses, prepared with local produce and each carefully matched to a tasty brew by Black Brewing Co. The beers will be presented by Matt, Black Brewing’s self-professed “booze slinger” and will include the Lager, Bao Bao Milk Stout and Apple Cider from their core range, plus three new, not-yet-released beers; Double IPA, Hefeweizen and Rosewater Lemonade Sour!

Chef Marcello kissing a fresh fish
Chef Marcello loves fresh produce!

Bar Bizu is a recent addition to the West Perth small bar scene. Their mantra is to “keep it simple” and they do exactly that with their chilled vibes, friendly service and modern tapas menu. This long table dinner will be in keeping with their theme as they will provide a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Bar Bizu Bar Scene
Bar Bizu is a popular venue in West Perth

Black Brewing Co is located in Wilyabrup in the Margaret River region. Their brews are inspired by their beautiful surroundings and created using fresh, local produce. Every season they make new and exciting beers and you will be able to taste the latest ones at this dego dinner!

Black Brewing Co beer range
Black Brewing Co Beers

Tickets are $70 per person, and bookings are essential. Please contact Bar Bizu on bar.bizu1303@gmail.com or (08) 9226 4666.

To receive updates on this event (and view the menu when it is ready), please follow my Facebook page and the Facebook event.

Perth Fringe World 2019

Leela Morgan and Adam Hall at Perth Fringe World Awards 2019
Myself and Adam at the Fringe World Awards

This year I ran the front of house for Adam Hall’s series of events at Fringe World 2019. Not only did two events get nominated for the Music and Musicals Award, but we won it for the Great American Songbook! Huge congratulations to the massively talented musicians Adam Hall, Adrian Galante and Bronton Ainsworth, and thanks to The Sewing Room for being such an accommodating venue. Once again Maree Laffan provided us with her exceptional photography skills and Greg Hall and Kylie Stirk assisted with putting together the sets. It was a crazy experience, but definitely a lot of fun! We will be working together again for Fringe 2020!

British Comedy at Perth Fringe Festival 2019

Best of British Productions is bringing their most talented comedians to Perth for a series of stand-up shows during the Fringe World Festival.

British comedians Dan Willis, Carey Marx, Mandy Knight and Troy Hawke
Clockwise from top left – Dan Willis, Carey Marx, Mandy Knight, Troy Hawke

Best of British is a showcase of the finest British comedians, many of whom appear regularly at the top comedy clubs in the UK. This year’s exclusive line-up includes Mandy Knight (recent winner of UK Comedy’s “Comedians Comedian- MC of the Year”), Carey Marx (two-time winner of Best International Show at the New Zealand Comedy Festival), Milo McCabe (two-time nominee for Best show at the Edinburgh Festival) and Dan Willis (comedy world record holder as the first comedian to perform six one hour shows a day at the Edinburgh festival without repeating material).

PLUS… there will be a different surprise guest every day (previous years have included Sarah Millican, Jimeoin, Russell Kane and Jimmy Carr!)

Tickets are available here: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/best-of-british-fw2019

Dan Willis
Dan Willis – our favourite whinging pom

Dan Willis is also performing his own solo show, Australia: A Whinging Poms Guide. He moved here a few years ago and it took him a while to adjust to our laid-back way of life; therefore he has many hilarious and unique stories to share. This will be a favourite amongst all the ex-pats as I’m sure they will be able to relate! Tickets can be purchased here: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/australia-a-whinging-poms-guide-fw2019

The Ashes Comedy Showdown

For something a bit different, try The Ashes: Comedy Showdown. A bunch of Australian and British comedians go head to head in a test series to prove which country is funnier. You don’t need a knowledge of cricket to watch this, you just need to enjoy a bit of healthy competition! This was nominated for Best Comedy Show at Fringe World in 2016 and is sure to be a hit again! Tickets to all five parts are available here: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/the-ashes-comedy-showdown-fw2019

Troy Hawke
Troy Hawke

Milo McCabe is making his debut in Perth with his critically-acclaimed character stand-up show 1001 Moments with Troy Hawke! Troy is on a quest to understand the simplest of things and shares his own conspiracy theories – including the Scrabble theory (you have to hear this!) He was awarded the British Fringe Guide Top Recommended Shows of 2017 and 2018 so you know this will be an un-missable show! Get your tickets here: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/milo-mccabe-1001-moments-with-troy-hawke-fw2019

I know that’s a lot of options, so if you aren’t sure what to see, Best of Fringe: Early Show is perfect as it showcases several fantastic comedians in a mini-gala. As it is on early, you will still have time to buy a ticket to see your favourite act in full that evening! This has been a sellout at Adelaide Fringe & Melbourne Comedy Festival from 2008 – 2017, so don’t wait too long to get your tickets from here: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/best-of-fringe-early-show-fw2019

Bright Tank Beer Lovers Dinner 26.10.18

Bright Tank Brewers with Dinner Guests

Last Friday, 10 wonderful beer loving people joined me for a sensational dinner at Bright Tank Brewing Co in East Perth. 

Shortly after arrival, we were treated to a tasting paddle of three of Bright Tank’s finest beers including the Urban Farmer French Saison. We were lucky to try two new beers; Chalk Face Killa NEIPA and Clifford Red IIPA.  Matt and Josh, the very passionate and knowledgeable brewers, talked us through the beers and explained the process of how they achieved such distinct flavour profiles.

Beer Paddle at Bright Tank Brewing
Beer Paddle

Soon after, we enjoyed our starters which consisted of warmed olives,  manchego, squid ink chorizo, pickles and olive tapenade.  Everything was perfectly prepared, but the stand out was the chicken liver parfait served with house made bread.

Charcuterie Board
Charcuterie Board

The main meal was more than plentiful with an alternate drop of Smoked Beef Cheek with creamed cauliflower and salsa verde and BBQ Chicken with blood orange and chicory.  They were served with sides of grilled broccoli and asparagus with the best béarnaise sauce I have ever had the pleasure to taste.  Also included was a TEKU (300ml glass) of our choice of beer.

Dinner was followed by a tasting of Bright Tank’s not-yet-released collab beer brewed with Rocky Ridge, another sensational local brewery.  It is a sour saison; a style of beer which I do not normally enjoy, but I found this was the perfect way to end a delicious meal.

Glass of Saison Beer
Sour Saison – Bright Tank x Rocky Ridge Collab

What really made this night special was the exclusive tour of the brewery with Matt and Josh.  They are wonderful hosts, who joined us for beers and showed us around the facility while adding in their own hilarious anecdotes.  We were able to ask questions and generally banter about the WA craft beer industry in a very casual fashion.

The Brewers, Matt and Josh and I
Josh, myself and Matt

Many of my guests have given me feedback that they thoroughly enjoyed the evening and have even sent me their photos!  I am working with Bright Tank to put together another similar event in the next few months, so make sure you are following my Facebook page or join my mailing list to hear about any updates.

Guided Beer Tasting & Dinner

Quirky Events presents a guided tasting and dinner at Bright Tank Brewing Co. on 26 October.

This one-of-kind dinner offers you the chance to be guided through a tasting of Bright Tank’s signature beers, presented by the brewer. You will also receive a TEKU (300ml) beer of your choice to enjoy while you partake in a two course dinner featuring dishes created to compliment the beers.

PLUS -> SURPRISE TASTING!!!!!

I have secured a chance for you to be one of the first to taste Bright Tank’s new, not-yet-released experimental beer! I am not allowed to tell you what it is, but I can share that it has been brewed in collaboration with another legendary local brewery.

In order to provide an exclusive experience, tickets are strictly limited and must be purchased by 19 October.

Tickets can be purchased here or you can view the event on Facebook.

Whipper Snapper Whiskey Tour 31.8.18

Friday’s whiskey tour and tasting was the first in a series of premium liquor experiences presented by Quirky Events.  Whipper Snapper is a small-batch urban distillery located in East Perth.  They produce Australia’s first moonshine and are trend-setters in local whiskey production.

Quirky Events Whipper Snapper Tour
Whipper Snapper Distillery Tour

Upon arrival at the distillery, guests were greeted by Barry who presented them with a Crazy Apple Jack; a cocktail containing a refreshing mix of Crazy Uncle Moonshine and cold pressed apple juice. Everyone then enjoyed a pre-tour beer and met the other tour participants.

Quirky Events Perth Whipper Snapper Distillery Tour 31.8.18
Enjoying Crazy Apple Jack Cocktails

Barry, the distillery operator and our guide for the night, showed everyone around the distillery.  We were given a tour of the machinery and the process of milling and fermenting the grains, before being shown the still and given a sample of Crazy Uncle Moonshine, their signature product.

Quirky Events Perth Whipper Snapper Distillery Tour 31.8.18
The Copper Still

Barry then took us to view the Southern American White Oak barrels where the spirit matures and develops its unique flavour.  This was followed by tastings of the barrel-aged moonshine and Upshot Whiskey.

Quirky Events Perth Whipper Snapper Distillery Tour 31.8.18
Whiskey Barrels

The next stop on the tour was the bottling room where we were shown how the bottles are labelled and capped.  This was followed by a quick Q&A session. 

After the tour concluded, guests who wished to could sample further products in the tasting room.  This included Babooshka American Style Barleywine and whiskey honey.  Bottles were available for purchase to take home and enjoy.

The night then ended with a few casual beers and some cheese and meat platters for everyone to enjoy.

Quirky Events Perth Whipper Snapper Distillery Tour 31.8.18

The next Quirky Events experience is in the works and will be announced soon! Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for more fun things to do in Perth.

Learn about Whiskey at a Distillery Tour!

Quirky Events presents a tour and guided tasting at Whipper Snapper Distillery in East Perth. 

This exclusive behind-the-scenes tour includes:

  • 45 minute tour of the distillery
  • a guided tasting of Whipper Snapper’s signature range of whiskeys including Newmake Moonshine, Aged Moonshine and Upshot Whiskey
  • Whipper Snapper cocktail

There will also be an opportunity to purchase tastings of Whipper Snapper’s small batch range. Bottle sales will be available on the night with free delivery!

End the night the right way with some complimentary beers and nibbles in the still room!

Strictly limited tickets, available on Eventbrite

View this event on Facebook.

Whiskey Tasting at Whipper Snapper Distillery
Whiskey Tasting at Whipper Snapper Distillery