Fusty turns to fun in the city

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - By EMILY BAKER

FUN and full of flavour is how Eat Drink Perth am­bas­sador Andy Free­man de­scribes Perth’s restau­rant scene.

How­ever, the owner of The Flour Fac­tory, Luxe Bar and Var­nish on King said it was not al­ways that way.

“It was ho­tels with lobby bars and a cou­ple of sti­fling white linen­style restau­rants,” Free­man said.

“Now it’s much more fun, there is much more flavour and more at­trac­tion for the younger mar­ket.”

One such at­trac­tion is the much-an­tic­i­pated an­nual food and bev­er­age fes­ti­val Eat Drink Perth, which started last Wed­nes­day.

Perth’s first ever Night Noo­dle Mar­ket of­fi­cially opened the festi- val, and is fol­lowed by a smor­gas­bord of events, in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of a dessert gar­den to the Fri­day night Twi­light Hawk­ers Mar­ket, Yum Cha in the Park and lo­cally grown pro­duce mar­ket Perth Home Grown.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaf­fidi said food cul­ture had ex­panded enor­mously in re­cent years and the City wanted to cater to the crav­ing.

“The City in­vests more than $200,000 in Eat Drink Perth to show­case ex­ist­ing and new city food and bev­er­age busi­nesses, and to en­sure there are many events that are free for all ages to at­tend,” Scaf­fidi said.

Eat Drink Perth am­bas­sador Scott Tay­lor said the City’s in­vest­ment had helped make Perth’s restau­rant scene what it is to­day.

“It used to be big cor­po­ra­tions run­ning the joint, it was fairly for­mu­laic and there was not that level of love you feel when you walk into, say, one of Andy’s venues, where the guys who are to­tally in­vested in the prod­uct are here,” the owner of The Trustee and Beau­fort Street Mer­chant said.

“Andy and I get to cre­ate what we are pas­sion­ate about and in­vite cus­tomers in like you do into your house and share that pas­sion with them, in­stead of us be­ing a staff mem­ber and you be­ing a cus­tomer.”

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Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d434770

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaf­fidi, Andy Free­man and Scott Tay­lor cel­e­brate Eat Drink Perth with a ver­i­ta­ble feast of tasty de­lights to tempt the palate.

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