Picture: The West Australian/Michael Wilson

Balance and speed will be put to the test at the first International Great Waiters' Race around Claisebrook Cove in East Perth next month as part of the City of Perth's annual food festival, Eat Drink Perth, which marks its 10th anniversary this year.

Restaurants will field entrants in a display of endurance and skill first held in Paris in 1904 to gain recognition for waiters.

"Good tray skills will win first and foremost before anything else," Francois Reijasse, sommelier at Bistro Guillaume and veteran of two races in France, said.

"I'll most likely be carrying a bottle of wine and a glass - and you're certainly not allowed to drop or spill anything."

The City of Perth has invested more than $130,000 in the festival, which kicks off on March 31 with a long-table dinner at Brookfield Place featuring Sunshine Coast chef Matt Golinski.

More than 110 businesses will participate in the month-long program, which wraps up with the inaugural Taste of Perth at Langley Park from May 2-4.

The West Australian

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