It’s hard to think there’s moonshine brewing in the heart of East Perth. Tucked away on Kensington Street is Perth’s first urban distillery, Whipper Snapper Distillery, where owners and Alasdair Malloch, Jimmy McKeown and Tom Cooper are crafting premium moonshine and whiskey using 100% Australian ingredients. From humble digs in Scarborough, using an old moonshine recipe handed to him by his neighbour and old war veteran Vic, Alasdair has come along way from brewing in the backyard.
Late last month the team at Whipper Snapper joined forces with some of Perth’s coolest local artisan producers. ‘Small Batched’ is a whiskey and food festival designed to celebrate and showcase unique techniques and recipes that show that whiskey ain’t just for drinkin’.
FERVOR is the brainchild of Paul and Bree Iskov, foraging siblings from Busselton who curate exclusive pop up dining experiences using locally sourced bush tucker. Their next Eat Drink Perth adventure is in collaboration with Custard & Co Cider at Perth City Farm. A magical night of foraged food and matching cider and one not to be missed.
Food Truck Rumble is run by a one-woman powerhouse Ai-Ling Truong. Born from a dream to celebrate Perth’s amazing food truck offering, Rumble is a cluster fk of truckers at the Perth Cultural Centre completed by the raddest breakdancing competition. It was lovely to see Ai-Ling enjoy a little respite before the madness of Rumble tucking into Fervor’s milk ice-cream drizzled in white chocolate crazy uncle caramel.
Poach Pear is the creation of Adam and Marissa Bielawski whose love and passion shines through with each bite. If you haven’t tried Poach Pear pate or terrine, you’ve been missing out. Look out for their gorgeous produce at local providores and corner shops. Just a sage word of advice on their velvety pate ... one is never enough! You’ll find yourself tiptoeing to the fridge at all hours, spoon in hand, carefully screwing off the lid for just 'one more' taste until you’ve scraped the bottom dry. You'll need the extra to share with friends, trust me .... I’ve been there.
I loved Poach Pear's awesomely refreshing little ode to Whipper Snapper; mulloway cured in Crazy Uncle moonshine with a cucumber apple salad.
Little Miss Poach Pear, Priya, even got into the Small Batched spirit with the cutest little food stall I’ve ever seen. Scrumptious adult brownies served with crazy uncle anglaise with all funds raised to support the Kids in Combodia.
The Little Cheese Shop is located in Bayswater run by two local cheese lovers. Cheese and whiskey might seem like a curious match but the pair designed the perfect tasting board for the day.
Eat No Evil hail from Freo and are all about stripped back sexy food. Its cool to see a menu focused on allergy friendly and gluten free. Their chicken wings were tender yet crispy and bursting with flavour.
Beersine is where Gerrard Mitchell's love of beer and food collided. Mitch as he is known to friends, has been producing all kinds of legends such as pale ale cheese, hop olive oil and hop honey for a few years now. His cheese have secured a bit of a cult following and no cheese board is complete without it.
Having worked with some of the biggest names in the chocolate world, Sue Lewis left London for sunnier shores to set up her own little sweet shop right here in Perth. Sue Lewis worked her magic with the Whipper Snapper goods and created awesome boozey chocolate truffles. Packing just the right punch, these sweet treats were the only way to end an awesome afternoon at Small Batched.