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!
Best of British Productions is bringing their most talented comedians to Perth for a series of stand-up shows during the Fringe World Festival.
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 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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have always had an interest in large events and festivals. I am drawn to the atmosphere and the good vibes – everyone is there to have a good time. This, I find is unique when compared to other areas of life. I feel it is important to enjoy life; and I make it my personal mission to do so. By creating awesomely amazing events, I can share my good vibes with you!
Quirky Events comes from my dream to produce unique and fun social events and it is my passion to one day manage my own festivals. I started Quirky Events as an outlet to run my own smaller social events while I build up to that. My background in hospitality management has given me my drive to always produce an excellent customer experience.
I also do PR, online marketing and event management for local bands, and had an involvement in Fringe Festival this year. I have also planned and styled private events including engagement parties, bridal showers and milestone birthdays.