Perth Royal Show 2018: What to eat and where you can get it
WHETHER your taste swings straight-forward or sophisticated, picky eater or just on a mission to mainline calories, one thing is clear: the Perth Royal Show has you covered.
A wave of foodie fever hits the Claremont Showground this week and tried-and-tested classics have never faced more competition from the gourmet and the grandiose.
In the latter corner are the towering, fat and sugar-saturated liquid heart attacks on offer from The Royal Show Milkshake Bar.
If you think Mac’s Monkey Choc Banana Freakshake is a mouthful to say, wait until your order arrives. Imagine a milkshake dreamt up by Willy Wonka on acid. Then add even more whipped cream, doughnuts, chocolate and lollies.
“We usually make them in a glass which provides a much sturdier base so there has been a lot of trial and error to make a plastic cup version that you can walk around with,” creator Jules Brayshaw said.
Of the four flavours, The Sunday Times food reviewer Gail Williams said spearmint was her personal favourite, but predicted the rainbow-coloured strawberry would be the biggest hit with kids.
“To me this is the Royal Show in a cup, it is just divine,” she said.
Those who appreciate the simpler things in life — or wanting to recreate a Game of Thrones feast — should check out Carvery Catering’s turkey leg and pork knuckle.
Both are slow-cooked for up to eight hours until they fall off the bone. They are made in a special Southern Pride smoker following a closely guarded recipe — both of which come all the way from the home of barbecue in America’s south, cook Cathleen Miller says.
“We get the big turkey legs because we want people to have that man-sized serve,” she said. “There must be something in our DNA because men will walk up to the counter and just start salivating on the spot.”
Williams had high praise for the pulled chicken and blue spotted emperor fish soft-shell tacos, which are among an array of culinary delights on offer in the Taste WA Pavilion.
Manager John Clark said the pavilion aimed to celebrate the best WA produce.
“Last year’s Harvey Beef steak sandwich is back by popular demand, as are the cola- glazed Linley Valley pork ribs,” he said. “Our main goal is to promote the local produce so everything is priced really cheaply.”
One of the cheapest meals on offer is courtesy of celebrated Perth butcher Vince Garreffa, whose pig in a blanket will set you back just $5 — with each fiver going to Lifeline WA.
Williams said the sweetness of the maple syrup complemented the pork and bacon and the accompanying Bravo apple was a palate cleanser.