Eat Perth: A food tour in Australia's sunniest city
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Right in the heart of Perth's summer festival season, now is the perfect time to explore the social scene in Australia’s sunniest city. Rich Keam has tasted his way around the best spots, from cafes to food trucks. In recent years Perth has seen fresh sparks enter its streets. Historic buildings, disused spaces, hidden corners and laneways are being reactivated by passionate and creative entrepreneurs. Small bars, cosy restaurants, late night dining, pop up shops, street food and farmers markets are at the very heart of this change. There has never been a better time to taste what the city has on offer. Better still, many of these new haunts are showcasing Western Australia's fresh, local and seasonal produce. Established festivals like Perth International Arts Festival (7 Feb-1 March 2014) have held strong, but many new ones have popped up including Fringe World Festival (25 Jan – 24 Feb 2014) and a multitude of hyper-local street festivals. Local Laura Moseley, who is a Food Curator for the Beaufort Street Festival, recently took me on a roving food tour of Perth. From the CBD’s King Street and Barrack Street, to Northbridge's William Street and Cultural Centre, you can eat, drink and relax in the sun. Here is a stop by stop guide to our route, which will introduce you to some of the people at the heart of Perth's vibrant food scene. Stop One: Uncle Joes Mess Hall A repurposed space, fitted out with reused and recycled materials is one of the best places to get a coffee in the city. It also happens to be a Barbers shop as well. A trim and a coffee - what more do you need? Dan Ash of Micrology Coffee Roasters, one of the city's many micro roastaries, provides all of Uncle Joe's coffee and is also behind their latest offering: cold drip coffee. Stop Two: ToastfaceGrillah Mike O’Hanlon is part of the ToastfaceGrillah team. On a laneway between Wellington Street and Barrack Street they are serving up grilled cheese that will change the way you look at the humble toastie. Stop Three: Delish Ice Katie Earl is the owner of Delish Ice. She’s progressed from selling homemade ice lollies sold from a vintage caravan to a Pop-Up shop on William Street. She also has two vintage vans, carts and a growing range of artisan ‘ice pops' - Salted Malted Caramel using brewing wort (the sweet mixture that goes into creating beer) as well as Basil and Elderflower (in which she uses botanicals found in Gin). From children to their grandparents, this summer she's had people lining up to get a taste of her ice pops.
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