Winter events to warm up your social life
Winter’s chill does not have to spell the end of your social life! With the cold comes the beginning of the truffle season, prime celestial sightseeing and the chance to carve shapes on the ice. Here are some of the best events Perth has to offer in 2019 to wick away the winter blues.
Perth Winter Wine Festival
When: June 7, from 4pm - 10pm and June 8, from 2pm - 9pm
Where: Yagan Square
The words “wine” and “festival” coming together are reason enough to get excited. Discover wines from across the state and beyond, while also putting WA’s best beers, ciders and cocktails to the test.
The cosy undercover retreat (complete with heating!) will keep you toasty warm as you bop along to local DJs or tuck into a delicious meal from Perth’s renowned foodies. As a bonus - a wine locker will be available to store your purchases on the day!
When: June 21 - 23, 12.30pm to 9pm
Where: 699 Seven Day Road, Manjimup
Tickets: Check out the schedule
Nothing is more rich or decadent than Manjimup’s famed black truffles, so what better way is there to treat yourself than discovering all the ways the luxurious ingredient can be showcased? The festival village is located just minutes from where the black treasures are unearthed, where patrons can meet farmers and growers, discover local wine and indulge in truffle laden experiences.
The festival also attracts a number of renowned chefs - including Anna Gare, Pete Evans, Aaron Carr, Courtney Gibb and Chris Eales. Make the most of your winter getaway with a truffle hunt, enchanted southern forest feast, masterclasses or a beach and forest discovery tour.
In the eternal words of Lizie McGuire; “this is what dreams are made of”.
The BIG Hunt
Where: Mystery locations across the CBD/Northbridge
When: Saturday, June 22 12pm - 5pm
The hunt is on to find the first case of Feral Brewery’s Imperial Biggie - Amazing Race Style. In pairs or groups, teams will meet at a ~mystery location~ revealed before midday where they will receive a race pack, burger, beer and a first clue.
Overcome each challenge to advance towards the ultimate prize - the first case of the elusive Imperial Biggie - plus a brewpub voucher for a victorious feast. Definitely one for those with a competitive streak (leave your slow running friends at home).
Ice Skating at Elizabeth Quay
When: June 28 - July 21
Where: Elizabeth Quay
What is winter without ice and snow? Well, Australian winter...usually. But Elizabeth Quay is faking it to make it, with a month of super chilled fun!
As well as having the chance to impress with your ice-skating abilities on the open air-rink (beginners welcome, with skate aids on hand), those with less finesse can also enjoy the ice-slide, bouncy castles, delicious food stands or the Alpine Bar.
When: June 29 - July 21
Where: Esplanade Park, Fremantle
While the ice-skating is the major drawcard at Fremantle’s Winterworld, the fire-pits (complete with marshmallows for roasting), markets, silent discos and Snow Sister’s Enchanted Forest will prove it is not just a one trick pony.
Also promised is steaming cups of mulled wine, circus workshops, craft activities and UNICORNS.
So rug up and head down to Freo - this is an event not to be missed. Although entry is free, tickets are required for the various activities - there is snow time to waste!
Winter night observation tours
When: June - August from 7.30pm (various dates)
Where: Perth Observatory
Winter is the perfect time to gaze into our southern skies, and this year the passionate volunteers at the Perth Observatory will brave the chilly nights to showcase the beauty above.
With the galactic centre passing overhead, deep sky treasures will be ripe to view. This is best done with a hot chocolate in hand - which is also promised as part of the experience.
When: Saturday, August 3, 12pm to 5pm
Where: Claremont Showgrounds, Centenary Pavilion
Send your taste buds on a trip around Australia, New Zealand and beyond at Pinot Palooza, with a full spectrum of the sumptuous red variety on offer.
Featuring more than 100 wines from across 30 wineries, Bar Vermouth and beer tastings - this event is sure to sell out, so snap up those tickets Pinot lovers!
Perth Craft Beer Festival
When: Friday, August 16, 4pm - 11.30pm
Where: Ice Cream Factory, 92 Roe Street, Northbridge
You cannot possibly be sad about he turn in the weather with a belly full of beer. So naturally, WA’s largest beer festival is just what the doctor ordered.
Returning for its fifth year, the festival will feature brews from 55 breweries and cideries, as well as offering show rides, a silent disco and gourmet food from Hawt Dawg, Smokies Barbecue and Mary Street Bakery.
Intriguingly, Pirate Life Brewing will also feature a barber shop and live tattoo artist on the day (this does not scream “bad decisions” at all - but might make for a fun story you can laugh about in 10 years time).