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!

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.