I missed out on last year’s Beaufort Street Festival in Mt Lawley so I made it a point not to miss out this year. After attending the opening of Menchies Frozen Yogurt in Subiaco and enjoying the free frozen yoghurt on offer, grabbing some shopping from the Subiaco Markets, I headed to the festival. In it’s 5th year, organisers were expecting 150,000 people to outdo last years 120,000 strong crowd. This year’s event features plenty for everyone. They have live performers on stages set up along the 1.5km stretch of Beaufort Street that runs between Lincoln Street from the south to Queen Crescent in the north. Lots of live entertainment and artists selling their wares allows them to get recognised and get known. There’s 117 stalls selling food, clothing and jewellery, heaps of tables and chairs, a cookbook now in it’s third year with 50 odd recipes from several restaurants along this popular restaurant strip, and plenty more. It runs from 12pm – 9pm and it was already in full swing when I arrived with huge crowds taking over the street which was closed to traffic.
The going was very slow as the crowd slowly moved forward, eyes darting around to catch a glimpse of the many stalls on offer. I finally took a walk down one of the side streets which had some food stalls. Approaching the stalls and viewing the menus, I settled on the Pow Wow pulled pork banh mi from Baguette Me Not. For $11, this was the real deal. A decent sized baguette, halved, spread with pate, filled with sliced cucumber and julienned carrots and then packed with pulled pork, sauce, optional chilli (yes please), and topped off with coriander. I silently munched away on this delicious creation. Le Vietnam presented a pretty simple banh mi in comparison but their baguettes were out off this world! Shame the baguettes here were not even half as good. The French really can turn the baguette into something amazing.
Close by was paella, Indian curry pastes, gelato, and stalls selling all kinds of wares. The streets are lined with all kinds of stuff and there’s live entertainment interspersed between the stalls. People were out in full force and it was very slow going as you carefully make your way along the 1.5km stretch. Along the way, Brownes was giving away choc milks, possibly new flavours so I nabbed a double expresso for later which was excellent. I don’t like coffee, but I love the mocha flavour in iced coffees and desserts.
I also stumbled upon Fresh Provisions which were selling drinking coconuts with straws for $4. I either got a coconut with little juice or I sucked the refreshing juice out of that coconut really quickly. It was a really lovely day, reasonably hot so I think everyone got quite a bit of sun. There were sunscreen stations and free bottled water to keep everyone in good condition.
I could see the end of the festival but there was still a throng of people so I decided to head back and check out the stalls on the other side of the road. I did note there was a bratwurst stand, jumplings, donuts, Crust Pizza, The Meryrwell, 2 Fat Indians, Sweet Lips Fish & Chips, and many other food stalls. The variety of food, cuisines, and representation of different cultures from around the world, is one of the reasons its a popular event. One stall that did catch my eye earlier on was one selling Portuguese egg tarts. $4.50 each or 4 for $15 – pretty easy decision – I’ll take 4 thanks. I ate one when I got home and OMG! These were absolutely amazing! If only I could remember who sold these delights. The next one disappeared very quickly. An excellent day out, there’s plenty for everyone. Big thanks to all involved for putting on an awesome event.