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ON A BUDGET:
Open till late, seven nights
a week, Alfred’s has been a local
institution since 1946. Sitting
by the railway, this little kitchen
makes for a convenient pre
or post-journey meal. Order
chips and the signature pea
and ham soup, plus a massive
burger from the blackboard
menu, and join the dozens of
buzzing, friendly folk chowing
down before the cosy wood fire.
Mixing with the friendly crowd is
all part of the fun.
The Swan Valley is only 25 minutes from Perth, and the second-
closest wine region to any capital city in the world. Public transport
to the valley is limited, so self-drive is best. Take the Great Eastern
Highway, 13km from Perth CBD, and turn left at the sign for Guildford.
The next best alternative is the train: take the Midland Line from Perth
Underground Station to either Guildford or East Guildford stations.
ROCK OUT IN THE VINES
Summer concerts from beloved
international ar tist s under the stars
at various wineries and resorts -
what’s not to love? Various dates
Unique handmade gifts at
Guildford Town Hall, on the third
Sunday of ever y month. Ongoing.
THROWING OF THE GRAPES
This festival at Oakover Grounds
of fers live music, DJs and grape
stomping and throwing. Mar.
IN THE SWAN VALLEY
The Swan Valley and Regional
Winemakers Association host s fine
dining with matching wines, tastings
and wine history. Mar.
PORK & CIDER FESTIVAL
On the Anzac Day long weekend,
feast on chef- created pork eat s
and ciders, plus live music,
entertainers and buskers at
Oakover Grounds. Apr.
WESTERN MUDD RUSH
This 9km obstacle course at the State
Equestrian Centre Brigadoon involves
ice, crawling, climbing and mud.
Register early to ensure a place. Aug.
OKTOBERFEST AT ELMAR’S
Live music, pork shanks and
bratwurst, stein-holding comps
and tug-o -wars in the valley’s largest
beer garden. Oct.
EAT AND DRINK
Foodies will love Perth’s Valley of
Taste, with its picturesque fertile
plains and Mediterranean climate
bringing forth an abundance of
Fancy a spot of fine dining at an
award-winning restaurant? What about
a light lunch with hand-crafted wines
or ales? Or perhaps you’re looking
for somewhere to entertain the kids
while indulging in a late breakfast and
a glass of Swan Valley sparkling wine?
This region of Perth is also famous
for its feel-good food and wine
festivals, long-table lunches and
year-round live entertainment.
DID SOMEONE SAY WINE?
With its reliably warm and dry climate,
the valley produces some of the
country’s best, most consistent chenin
blanc, verdelho, shiraz and petit verdot
varieties, as well as liqueur verdelho
and shiraz – both found locally.
Among the big international
players are many smaller, charming
boutique wineries – places where the
people who make the wine also greet
and serve you at the cellar door.
In recent years, an influx of
young, innovative and sophisticated
winemakers to Swan Valley wineries
has brought a fresh new style and
finesse to table wine. More than half
of the varieties produced in the region
are available for purchase only at the
cellar door, so don’t miss out.
MEET THE LOCALS
Take the Swan Valley Wine Trail and
encounter the warm, inviting spirit of
local characters at cellar doors, lively
breweries, cafes and distilleries, as well
as art galleries and markets.
As well as grapes for wine making, the
Swan Valley has produced 20 varieties
of crisp and juicy table grapes, fresh
and ripe for tasting over summer.
Browse stalls of fresh local produce
while listening to live music, every
Sunday behind the Town Hall Clock.
Cheese goes hand-in-hand with
wine, so why not nibble on some
award-winning varieties such as
mozzarella, bocconcini, ricotta, fetta
and crescenza? Cheesemaking
workshops are also held throughout
the year at the Cheese Barrel, where
you can learn to make camember t,
mascarpone, haloumi, and even
labneh. Lessons conclude with
a cheese platter and glass of wine.
Swan Valley produce is bursting with flavour, and it’s a bargain to boot.
En route to the valley, be sure to pack your own picnic hamper with fresh
local produce from the many roadside stalls that line the streets from
Guildford. Straight from the garden and direct from the grower, you can
purchase figs, sweet melons, juicy strawberries, crisp asparagus and vine-
ripened tomatoes, depending on the season.
Enjoy free tastings of extra virgin olive
oils, marinated olives, tapenades,
dried fruits, pickles and preserves
made from local produce.
TRADITIONAL HIGH TEA
Loose-leaf teas, crustless sandwiches,
scones and cream make for a timeless
treat at a range of venues in the Swan
Valley throughout the day.
A visit to the valley wouldn’t be
complete without sampling the
delectable local chocolate, fudge,
handmade truffles, ice-cream and
soft and crunchy nougat.
Throwing of the Grapes.
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