With Christmas day barely a week away, there’s inevitably hard-to-buy-for people to tick off your shopping list. If they’re a foodie that has it all, treat them to a delicious culinary adventure! From cooking classes, to food and drink tours, seafood cruises and more – even the fussiest foodie will be delighted with a food themed Christmas gift. Check out my top 5 gifts for foodies in Perth:
In keeping with the southern hemisphere’s Christmas theme of sun, surf and seafood – book a spot on the family owned Rottnest Cruises’ Wild Seafood Experience. The cruise is a unique, hands on opportunity to pull Western Rock Lobster (crayfish) pots, then watch the crays being cooked expertly on the BBQ by a on-board Chef, before devouring it as part of an indulgent long table lunch anchored in one of Rotto’s peaceful bays.
Rottnest Cruises (together with Mother Nature) provide what may be the very best view from a dining table in WA. The crays are just part of the five course lunch of whole prawns, crab, grilled fish, sashimi, marinated octopus and freshly shucked oysters, plus salads, sides and dessert. All that seafood is washed down with free flowing beer and wine.
The ocean to plate experience is a must for seafood lovers. For me, it provided many pinch-myself moments – especially whilst munching on juicy lobster, gazing over clear turquoise ocean to the white dunes of Rottnest. There’s really nothing like eating freshly barbequed western rock lobster, smothered in herb butter, especially when you catch it yourself. The all-inclusive experience costs $199pp and gift vouchers are available.
For those who like to keep their feet on solid ground, how about a walking tour? For more than a decade, multi award winning Two Feet and a Heartbeat Walking Tours have taken walkers all over Perth. The cocktail tour takes in three city bars for creative cocktails, good food, fun facts and quirky tales of Perth’s bygone characters.
In between stops, knowledgeable guides lead the adventurous on a secret itinerary, adding to the excitement. We’re whisked to the classy Como Treasury Bar for a West Australian inspired cocktail made with native botanicals. Then, after a leisurely stroll down the terrace, we come to Print Hall. Here we enjoy a one-night only cocktail, made especially for the tour, along with pizza and other tasty bites to share.
Walking along King Street, in search of more cocktails, we pause for my favourite fun fact of the evening – a tale of the city’s bike couriers. Years ago – before faxes and emails – dozens of couriers would sit outside His Majesty’s Theatre, to enjoy a post-work beer, crossing King Street to push their bottle tops into the trunk of a large palm tree outside the InterContinental Hotel. I had walked past this tree hundreds of times and never noticed that it’s decorated with hundreds of shiny and weather rusted bottle tops!
The tour’s itinerary often changes and the cost of $120pp includes three delicious cocktails and a little food. Many more Two Feet and a Heartbeat tours of Perth and Fremantle are available.
Speaking of Perth’s InterContinental hotel, the Spanish grill restaurant, Ascua, offers the perfect mouth-watering experience for any meat-eater – the unique Ascura Tomahawk Masterclass. Award-winning Chef de Cuisine, Nic Trezise, demonstrates how to prepare and cook the perfect tomahawk steak on Ascua’s custom Spanish grill. This mouth-watering class is $110pp and includes drinks, canapes and tastings, and your own tomahawk steak to take home to cook.
For a more conventional cooking class, to get inspiration for everyday cooking at home, try Salt & Co in West Perth. The cooking school holds regular classes covering many international cuisines as well as vegan and kids cooking classes. Gift Vouchers make a great Christmas gift for foodies in Perth, they start from $60.
A progressive dinner can be the perfect for discovering a new eatery and the Leederville Food Safari offers dinner with a twist – three Leederville eateries visited by rickshaw. Kick off with an entrée and cocktails at Ria Malay Kitchen, an Aladdin’s cave of Asian food and aromas.
The second stop is the lush courtyard of quirky Kitsch Asian Bar, to enjoy share plates over more drinks. Thanks to pedal power, the final destination is Foam Coffee Bar, for scrumptious desserts and coffee. The fun Leederville Food Safari is ideal for pairs or small groups. Packages start at $65pp.
Whatever gets your foodie friends and family’s juices flowing – you’re bound to satisfy their Christmas cravings with a unique food experience in Perth. What’s you’re suggestion for yummy gifts for foodies in Perth?