Proud winners of the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizens Award 2014

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

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.