March 18th, 2014 by Sally Lewis
VQ Night Market kicked off with a bang last Thursday 13th March at Victoria Quay….E-Shed was transformed into a festivity of food & fun as the crowds flocked to get a taste of this fresh new event to hit the Port City…there was something for everyone as people of all ages, nationalities & walks of life were catered for…celebrating our creativity & diversity this new Market brings together dishes, music & entertainment from all corners of the globe to be enjoyed as the sun sets on the iconic Port.
Against the back drop of the heritage E-Shed food artisans were cooking up a storm. Flavours from Mexico, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Spain, the US of A, Italy & the Philippines to name just a few could be smelt along the verandah & across the car parks of E-Shed.
Minky G & Rosco’s music was the perfect accompaniment to the eating & drinking, whilst Delroy (of Claybird fame) crooned later into the night with his soul smooth vocals. The Silent Disco was the big hit of the night – enjoyed by all ages it was great to see families gather to show off their dance skills or lack of – the best fun to have without raising any decibels!
Kids & adults alike were entertained by Renzo our resident balloon creator & with the back drop of the magnificent sunset over the water it made for a perfect night out.
With plenty of options for dinner & a drink or two from one of the 3 licensed bars on site – Thursday nights are now sorted for the next 5 weeks…running until 17th April from 5-9pm at Victoria Quay it’s the place to be – plenty of free parking from 4pm, the train station on our doorstep, all the regular shops open for trade at E-Shed as well as special free tours on board The Leeuwin (when in Port only) & special dining offers at the B-Shed Cafe – the VQ Night Market is a must to add to your calendar – grab some friends & head down one Thursday night soon!
March 11th, 2014 by Sally Lewis
A great night was had by all at last week’s Carnival Night Kitchen at Claremont Quarter. Latin fever transformed The Square & Lane into a fiesta of food & music with dancing in the streets, delicious Brazilian inspired cocktails & plenty of fantastic dishes with flavours from all over South America.
Little pieces of Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina bringing fun & joy to the Night Kitchen
Hola from Nimrod’s stall…mouth watering slow cooked lamb shanks were the order of the night..
Fresh coconuts from the Pizza Queens – perfect way to cool down on a balmy night
Entertainment for everyone – Banda Fuego played almost non-stop for 3 hours whilst Salsa was the favourite dance move of the night. Yamina brought more colour & fun with her amazing Samba Fire Bird performance. Fire dancers thrilled the crowds with spectacular acrobatic moves. The smooth sounds of the Bossa Nova Baby, Juliana Areias delighted audiences in The Lane whilst Beluga’s pop up bar lit up the night with a fantastic selection of cocktails. Marcio Mendes added perfectly to the vibe with his duo from 8pm in The Lane.
Spectacular fire dancers light up the night
Banda Fuego – always bring a party!
Latin fever at Claremont Quarter – something for everyone
The Pizza Queens Tapas & Pizza cart – straight from Brazil
Carnival Night Kitchen returns this Thursday 13th March & Thursday 20th March with more food & great live music from the region. Banda Fuego returns along with the Eduardo Cossio trio, more amazing fire dancing at 7.15pm & a performance from one of Perth’s best loved Fire Queens at 7.00pm…new dishes to look out for are the Venezuelan arepas & cachapas, Colombian empanadas & Mexican flautas. Favourite dishes will return including caramel & chocolate filled churros from Braza Churros, Coxinha from Comida do Su, quesadillas from Nimrod’s stall & Pupusas from Rancho Latino…just a taste of what’s on offer this week…all the fun kicks off from 6pm – 9pm at Claremont Quarter with kids activities & giveaways throughout the centre – enjoy!
January 30th, 2014 by Sally Lewis
Huge & massive thanks to everyone who is a part of making the Twilight Hawkers Market such an incredible success every week over 6 months in our city. We are very humbled to be chosen as this year’s recipient of the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizens Award. It is a huge honour for us in only our 3rd season amongst such other worthy & notable events in Perth…it has been a true delight to see this event grow from its very humble beginning in 2011 when we took a risk & hoped people would come! Big thanks especially to the City of Perth for believing in us & taking the risk too – we love working with you all & are so grateful for this opportunity. The recently refurbished Forrest Place is the perfect location & we are thrilled to see the city bustling & thriving on a Friday night each week over the season. Extending Perth’s food culture has been both challenging & rewarding – it’s hard to imagine very few people knew what couscous was back in the early days in 2011 when now there are queues for such exotic dishes as koshary, pierogi, cachapas, empanadas, shakshuka & people can’t get enough of fideua, asado, paella, tagines, arepas to name just a few of the tasty dishes on offer each Friday.
L-R: Tony Simpson MLA, Sally Lewis (Events & Beyond), Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi
With publicity reaching as far afield as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia & Spain, coverage in several international publications, inflight magazines, TV & news shows, international social media & attracting sponsorship from Air Asia for 2 years running the Twilight Hawkers Market showcases Perth food culture at its most diverse & colourful. We are proud to celebrate our multi-cultural diversity at the Market & blessed to have all of this right in the heart of our city. It is fitting that an Award of this stature would be received on Australia Day when we have much to celebrate in this great city & nation where people from over 30 countries come together each Friday to create this wonderful Market. Working together we can achieve anything!
Of course this market is impossible without the support & commitment of the City of Perth, our hard working stallholders, our wonderful local performers, our electricians working hard behind the scenes & most importantly the passionate & dedicated team at Events & Beyond - you are all amazing & greatly valued – thank you for making this Market what it is today for the people of Perth & beyond.