Five new things to know in Perth this week – May 12, 2021

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Two days, 20 cellars

City Wine takes over Russell Square in Northbridge on Friday May 21 and Saturday May 22. Over 20 wineries will be in attendance, including Wise Wine, Evans & Tate, Clown Fish, and Bunkers, with over 150 drops to try and buy (you can even rent a wine rack to store your purchases). There will also be drinks from local breweries and distilleries, as well as food stalls such as Gnocchi Gnocchi Boys, Shak Shuka Moroccan Street Food and Mr Dim Sum. Each ticket comes with a mini or premium Plumm glass, and you can upgrade to a VIP ticket, which includes free Bunker wines, beer from the private bar, catering, and courtyard areas with tables and seats. Buy your ticket here.

A taste of Japan with whiskey and Wagyu

Goody Two’s Basement Bar serves up a Whiskey & Wagyu experience for one night only on Saturday May 29th. The Japanese Whiskey Bar regularly hosts whiskey masterclasses, but this time three premium whiskeys will be accompanied by three Wagyu dishes cooked by Executive Chef Scott Bridger (also of Bib & Tucker, May Street Larder and Pogo). The evening will begin with the Futari Wagyu tartare with sancho pepper jam, nashi pear, crispy roast and dried egg yolk before moving on to the charcoal roasted Wagyu oyster blade with Korean dressing, grilled nori and sesame and finish on slices of roasted Futari inner skirt with soy smoke and lemon. Guests receive a Matsui Tottori Red Pear highball upon arrival, followed by a flight of Japanese whiskey including a selection of punchy to light whiskeys: Nikka from the Barrel, Yamazakura 963 Black and Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve. Tickets cost $ 95 per person. Bring them here..

New dates for the Chicken and Beer Festival

An instant lockdown on the Anzac Day long weekend sabotaged plans for the Subiaco Chicken and Beer Festival. Fortunately, the union of fried chook and craft beer takes place this month – from Friday May 21 through Sunday May 23. The lineup is the same, with over 60 beers from producers such as Little Creatures, Pirate Life, Mountain Goat and Fat Bull (which is launching two new beers for the festival), among others. Pair your drink with a New Orleans-inspired fried chicken from Satchomo Café in North Perth; Wingman’s spicy chicken wings; Baolicious boa buns; or vegan bahn mi, baos and fries from The Dirty Swine. There will also be a silent disco and carnival rides. Children under 18 enter for free and dogs (on a leash) are welcome. If you already have a canceled event ticket, then keep it or get your tickets here.

Orderly chaos

QT hotels across the country have teamed up with Melbourne’s Four Pillars Gin for a dinner series to celebrate the release of collaborative gin, Ordered Chaos. In Perth, QT’s Italian bistro, Santini Bar & Grill, will serve five courses with “overflowing flavor combinations, deconstructed dishes and very tasty desserts”. Expect dried scallops with tostada and corn butter; yellowtail kingfish crudo with blood orange vinaigrette, yogurt, salmon roe and fennel leaves; black Berkshire porchetta with chestnut, sage, Tuscan cabbage and pork glaze; and, for dessert, a white chocolate scoop with coconut mousse, almond ice cream and chocolate crumbs, all accompanied by “sensory cocktails”, musical chords and more. Tickets cost $ 175 per person and available here.

Wine and dinner at the Shorehouse

Voyager Estate Winemaker and Head Winemaker Steve James travels from Margaret River to The Shorehouse in Swanbourne for a dinner and wines on Friday, May 21. This is the second year that James has launched the exclusive dining experience, which will include a premium Voyager Estate. wine with each course and a pre-release of the 2019 Chardonnay Block 6. The five-course dinner includes crab rillettes with smoked caviar; Ranger Valley sirloin with harissa carrots; and lemon, macadamia and blackberry ice cream with thyme shortbread, served with six wines – starting with the ‘Project Sparkling’ chenin blanc from Voyager Estate 2020 and ending with the Semillon Cane Cut from the Voyager Estate 2018 project. Tickets available here..

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