Monday, March 09, 2009

Chilli Fest Perth

On Sunday Tad & I headed up to the Chilli Fest at Araluen about 45 mins from the city to join in with thousands of people at the Botanical Gardens to taste chillies, wine and beer.
We had a fab day looking at chilli plants and everything you can make with chillies like oil infusions, dukkah, jams, sausages, olives, relishes, wine and beer (yes you can get chilli beer).
The ambiance and live bands were fantastic and over 58 stalls to test out food and cool products. We had this awesome dish for lunch which included a jar of Malaysian Sambal, my favourite thing there. For $15 we got a big tray of chilli mussels, 2 prawn satays (eaten before I took this photo) and some wonderful tender squid, a drink as well. Most of all it was so delicious!
After testing several relishes and getting my mouth burnt a few times we headed off to cool down near a little babbling brook near the souvenir shop. There were tons of people at the fest but it was not pushy to get to sample all of the wares they had. Tad enjoyed the Black Opal Beer!, the smoked sausage and olive tapenade!
Later we decided to head off to Canning Dam as is was just up the road. The other side of the dam holds Perth's drinking water and there is not going to be a run off at the dam anytime soon. We have had some pretty dry weather lately.
The day ended with fish and chips by the sea at dusk with some friends and then a lovely white hot chocolate to finish up a perfect day in Perth!
The sunset was stunning!
PS I haven't forgotten the sneak preview for the new products, stay tuned they will be coming soon!

2 comments:

Cecile Nichols said...

Hi, Julie!

It looks like you had a very nice little vacation! We're starting to come out of winter, so I was drooling over the nice looking weather in your photos!!

I look forward to seeing your new Collections pieces and art!!

Take care!

Cecile

Sam Marshall said...

Hi Julie,
The food looks absolutely delicious!!! I miss Perth!!!