Festival captures flavours of Perth

Perth's newest dining and food spectacular, Taste of Perth, opens today at Langley Park, with organisers making big predictions for the three-day food festival.

Brand Events said it expected 15,000 visitors, despite forecasts of rain for Sunday.

The Taste of Perth is the latest in a roster of Taste festivals owned and run by British-based Brand Events worldwide.

Its Sydney and Melbourne Taste weekends have been box-office successes.

Ten Perth restaurants will form the centrepiece of the event, showcasing their signature dishes and serving an expected 38,000 tasting plates during the weekend.

"The numbers are amazing," event organiser Simon Wilson said.

"We expect Bib and Tucker will sell 3800 of its suckling pig sliders and Italian restaurant Lalla Rookh is expected to serve 1000 portions of its Nonna's meatballs."

Bib and Tucker head chef Scott Bridger said his Taste restaurant would be cooking a whole pig twice a day for his signature dish.

"We brought a commercial rotisserie up to Langley Park for the three days," Bridger said.

"It's huge."

Star chefs joining the restaurants and producer exhibitors include Perth chef Shane Osborn, the recipient of two Michelin stars for his Pied a Terre restaurant in London.

There will also be local guns Joel Valvasori-Pereza, Guillaume Brahimi, Hadleigh Troy, Matt Stone and Kiren Mainwaring.

Tickets to the restaurants and events at the Taste village are available at the gate for $38 or online for $32.

Mr Wilson said there would be plenty of undercover events.

"Rain, hail or shine, it will be business as usual," he said.

The West Australian

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