Hello there Taste Master fans, it’s Friday so that can only mean one thing……film time!
In the third of four short films all about Perth, I’m taken on a craft beer crawl of Fremantle by local brewer Brendan Varis.
Brendan is the head brewer and owner of Feral Brewing Co, one of Australia’s top craft breweries. Their award-winning beers started out life in the Swan Valley just outside Perth, and the original Brewpub still stands on the site, producing quality craft beers.
Fremantle is seen by many as the home of craft brewing in Australia and Brendan sets out to give me a taste of where it began and where it is today. From just a small handful in the 1980s, there are now over 40 breweries in Western Australia and over 200 in Australia.
Fremantle is a port city with an alternative vibe, filled with art and live music. Within walking distance there’s an array of craft beer pubs, brew pubs and breweries, serving up great beer and food to boot. I really enjoyed making this one!
Western Australia is a huge and varied state with 12,000km of wild stunning coastline, most of it completely undeveloped.
It’s mind boggling to think that here are some of the most amazing beaches on earth, with no-one on them! You can quite honestly have a beach completely to yourself. Western Australia is so unique in that fact, if this was anywhere else in the world it’d be crammed full of people with high-rise buildings and properties popping up all over the place.
That’s why I love WA, it’s a place of contrasting colours and textures, plants and animals, land and sea. You really won’t find anywhere else like it on Earth. Here’s a look at some of my favourite coastline spots, starting with Cape Leveque in the North, travelling down to the wilderness coastline of the South West.
Cape Leveque: Situated at the tip of the Dampier Peninsula in the North West of Western Australia, it was here that I learnt to catch and cook huge mud crabs on the banks of Hunter’s Creek. After waiting for the tide to go out, myself and indigenous guide Brian Lee took our crab catching poles and hessian sacks to go get some dinner. A truly remarkable experience.
Cable Beach: One of the iconic things to do in Western Australia is a camel ride along the famous Cable Beach as the sun is setting. Rated as one of the top five beaches in the world, it’s a 22km stretch of pure white sand with red ochre cliffs on one side and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean on the other.
Cape Range National Park: Cape Range is a place of rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking deep canyons and 50km of pristine beach. I stayed at Sal Salis, a remote beachside safari camp nestled in the dunes of the park. It’s an incredibly isolated yet stunning location, just metres from the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef. Grab your mask and snorkel for an underwater adventure you’ll never forget, or if visiting between April and June swim with the world’s largest fish, the docile whale shark.
In the second of four short films all about Perth, I’m taken on a roving food tour of the city by Perth local and food fanatic Laura Moseley.
Laura is the Food Curator for the Beaufort Street Festival and in recent years has seen a fresh spark enter Perth’s streets. Historic buildings, spaces, corners, and laneways are being reactivated by passionate and creative entrepreneurs. Small bars, cosy bistros and restaurants, late night dining, pop-up shops, street food and farmer’s markets are at the very heart of this change.
Better still, many of these new haunts are showcasing Western Australia’s best fresh, local and seasonal produce.
Together Laura and I explore where old meets new in the city and visit many of her favourite hangouts, meeting some of the people at the heart of Perth’s vibrant food scene along the way.
It’s an extremely busy day of meeting, eating and drinking. Do we make it?! Find out here….