Forrest Place, Perth City. Every Friday from 4:30pm to 9pm.
If you venture into Perth city on Friday nights from now until the 24th of April 2015 you will notice that Forrest Place, just near Myer, is buzzing with people and music. A mixture of delicious food smells wafts up into the night as more than 30 street-food style international stalls are cooking and selling their wares. Welcome to the City of Perth’s Twilight Hawkers Market.
The markets which started in 2011 have been running every year since and have been gaining in popularity and getting bigger and bigger. It is a good way to have a quick, cheap, interesting meal before late night shopping or after work or as a bite to eat before a show or Friday night drinks.
The food stalls are varied and reflect Perth and Australia’s multi-cultural flavour. Cuisines such as Spanish, Italian, Mexican, Indian and all manner of Asian foods can be found plus a lot more. There are also churros, icecream and gelati vans as well as an American stall for all things hotdog or hamburger.
“When the Market started in 2011, it was with around a dozen stalls, now during the warmer months, Forrest Place is absolutely abuzz on Friday nights with an ever increasing diversity of flavours, ingredients and exotic aromas to entice. Stalls change every week so there are always new dishes to try, whether you’re out for an after work snack, or a multi-course meal. The free live entertainment on stage adds to a real sense of it being a community meeting place. People absolutely love it.”
Lisa Scaffidi- Lord Mayor.
Patrons can enjoy food like Indonesian satays, Turkish gozlemes, Morrocan tagines, Malaysian curries, South American empanadas, Mexican burritos and Japanese bites. The stalls are on rotation so there will be changes each week.
To complement the international food on offer there is also music with different bands and local musicians playing on stage each Friday. This adds to the fiesta atmosphere and makes you feel like you really are at a Hawkers market in some exotic part of the world.
My friend and I attended last week and we enjoyed empanadas for entrée from one stall followed by Korean pancakes from another stall and Churros for dessert from another stall. The costs were $6, $9 and $5 respectively so all in all a cheap night with lots of variety.
Among the many varied stalls there are some old favourites representing restaurants and eating establishments around Perth. I noted familiar names like The Classroom, Turban Chopsticks and The Merrywell which are all extensions of their motherships in North Perth, Mount Lawley and Burswood at Crown Casino.
The band scheduled for the 7th of November is called Banda Fuego and includes a few performances from a Capoiera group.
So why not head into the city one Friday evening for a busy, bustling, delicious dinner that won’t stretch the budget and support some of our local businesses.
*Please note The Twilight Hawkers Market is not open on 14th November & 19th December due to a private function and Christmas festivities.
Please check out our photo gallery of the evening and the food below: