I’m keeping things short and sweet this week, but don’t worry I’ve still got the goods to make it easy to plan an epic week in Perth. Heading up this week is a standout film festival, another opportunity to eat delicious foods in a bustling outdoor market setting, a good excuse to visit Fremantle if you haven’t been in a while, a wine tasting event with over 250 wines to try, and the lowdown on all the best Halloween events.
Cunard British Film Festival
Thursday 26 October – Wednesday 15 November
British filmmakers are taking over Cinema Paradiso, Windsor Cinema and Luna on SX this month for the Cunard British Film Festival. Combining box office hits and standout prestigious films, as well as a few special events with food, drinks and live entertainment prior to the screening, you really don’t need any more excuse to head to the cinema. I was lucky enough to be invited to see Breathe, which was a wonderful, moving film, and based on the previews Goodbye Christopher Robin looks great too, but there’s a whole host of films showing so make sure you check out the full program.
Twilight Hawkers Market
Friday 27 October
The Twilight Hawkers Market is back for the season, serving up a smorgasbord of global foods right in the heart of the city. The atmosphere at Forrest Place on market nights is truly not to be missed – with live music, a bustling hungry crowd, and the wonderful aromatics drifting through the city into the night. Food is up from 4.30pm til 9pm, and there are so many food trucks and vendors you’ll have a hard time choosing – from Bambamboo, Bangkok Jump Street, Eat Me Ramen, Las Empanadas, Marcelita’s Colombian Foods, T Sisters Fresh Foods and The Herbivan, to sweet delights from Delish Ice, Lena Lu, Louis Boeglin Patisserie and The Honeycake.
Friday 27 October – Sunday 5 November
Celebrate all the things that make Fremantle unique – its wonderful arts and culture, eclectic people and diversity – at the 10 day festival combining music, comedy, fashion, performance, visual art and talks. There’s a mix of free and ticketed shows, but even just walking the streets will be a feast for the eyes, with buildings along High Street playing canvas to Swiss artist Felice Varini’s optical illusion art. My top picks are The Jezabels and Frank Woodley.
Saturday 28 October – Sunday 29 October
Love wine? Subiaco’s Market Square Park will be flooded with what will seem like a gazillion litres of wine on the weekend for Unwined. More than 40 of WA’s best boutique wine producers will have a massive 250 wines available for tasting, and once you’ve found your perfect drop you can grab a glass, pick up a meal from some of the city’s best food vendors, and sit back and enjoy it all. They’ve even got picnic blankets available for lounging away the afternoon!
Friday 27 October – Tuesday 31 October
I love Halloween so I couldn’t narrow it down to just one choice – so here’s some of the best I’ve seen happening in Perth.
Halloween Festival 2017 – with an open air pop up bar, three huge stages, a projection and lights show, food trucks and a costume party, you can’t go wrong.
Monster Mash: 13th Annual Halloween Fetish Ball – the Voodoo Lounge is putting on what’s sure to be another memorable night with fetish and fashion shows, a werewolf strip, full size electric chair, and plenty of other entertainment including Circus Carnis.
Halloween Night – food and Halloween go hand in hand, so put on a costume and head to Crimea Reserve for delicious street food and live music. Food trucks will have special trick or treat goodies and best dressed will win a free meal.
Happy Halloween – a family friendly Halloween event at the Claremont Showgrounds with ghost trains, show rides, trick or treating, entertainment and costume prizes.