Big voice and good food in Perth

8.04am, Friday 1st July, Royal Street just near the Swan River, East Perth, Western Australia
Another rainy day out there in Perth folks, but I don’t think the locals mind too much, seeing as most of the rest of the year has been mid 30s and low 40s. There’s a rainbow hovering over the city this morning, hopefully a good omen for our big double header day for us – with the Twist Club businessman’s lunch out at The Bluewater Grill, followed by the VC’s Shenton Park Masterclass at E’Cucina this evening.

Fiona Mariah - a power surge vocal that you have to hear to believe

Last night was our first visit to the South Perth Yacht Club – magic view of the city across the water folks – and we had an extra treat on the program – straight from Australia’s Got Talent – the opera singing, star Perth busker, Fiona Mariah. This gal is better than great and has a power surge vocal that you have to hear to believe. If you’re a member of the South Perth Yacht Club and weren’t at the Yalumba dinner last night – sorry – you missed out on a biggie! Here’s our girl’s big finale – thanks Fiona – catch her around Perth, and don’t forget she has her own CD now as well!

Fiona and Jen

And here she is with Jen – the winner of the Yalumba hamper on the night.

The grilled whiting fillets

And for the record – the kitchen did a top job on the food – again I got so tangled up with answering questions around the tables, that this is the only course that I got a happy snap of – it’s the ‘Grilled Whiting Fillets, Asian Coleslaw, Crispy Shallots & Chilli Lime Dressing’ which was light and tangy and worked really well with the 2008 Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier. I’m sitting here wondering what else to write … as it was just a lovely night out where the majority of the folks at dinner had NOT been to the Barossa. So we did lots of regional and Yalumba history, and introduced a new wine world to a tremendously interested group of folks. Can’t ask for much more than that – thanks a huge amount SPYC!

Greg Broughton (on the left) and Tendai Mzungu

PS I had a bit of luck in the city the other day – got to meet a couple of the young stars of the Fremantle Dockers, who play the Gold Coast Suns at home tomorrow. Here’s Greg Broughton (on the left) and Tendai Mzungu – both local juniors and doing really well this season. You never know what you’re going to see when you’re on tour!

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