Mount Hawthorn Streets Laneways Festival 2016, Scarborough Beach Road (From Hobart to Matlock Street), Mount Hawthorn WA 6016.
La Dolce Vita … The Italian Community of Mount Hawthorn embraced this Festival big time. Bringing a sense of their presence and long history in the suburb. And, of course, celebrating their food, wine and coffee.
Having lived in Mount Hawthorn at one time, I wasn’t sure what to expect of the Mount Hawthorn Streets Laneways Festival. Parked the car and walked down to Scarborough Beach Road and wham, there were people and stalls everywhere, and dogs, lots of dogs.
The Road is a major arterial from the Eastern Suburbs to the West and it was closed for the Festival. The Community Spirit was high, it was obvious this was a Family Friendly Festival.
They had put up a stage near where I purchased my first pair of Doc Martens. A Bar was being set up a short distance away.
The stalls were a mixture of food, drink and retail. There was a lively atmosphere and people were wandering about perusing stalls.
Walked over to the West end of the Festival and was charmed by the layout, the people and the wide variety of food. Decided to stay and eat something.
Came across a Vegan friendly stall named Kats Snacks and purchased a “Das Hot Dog”, Vegan Sausage with Sauerkraut, Dijon, Onions and Pickles. This was a large Hot Dog for $10.00. Found some chairs and sat quietly eating and enjoying the food.
Decided to head on over to the Eastern end and visit the Street Food Enclave. So many favourite vendors were present and they all seemed to be selling loads of food. But that wasn’t really why I was there.
Pisconeri Fine Food and Wine Wholesaler had created a little corner of Italy in their Car Park. It was brimming with traders selling Italian Food and Drink. A wide range of food from Pizza, Pasta, Patisserie goods, Olive Oil tastings and coffee, lots of coffee. Noticed a few people circulating with what I presumed was wine but not sure.
There were tables scattered around to sit and eat at. Some were standing only but I’ve become used to that at Festivals.
Sampled a small Espresso and purchased a plate of Gnocchi. The Gnocchi was pretty stand out, pan fried with large green olives, parmesan, fresh herbs and a buttery lemony sauce. Not something I would have put together myself but enjoyed the flavours a lot. Good value at $10.00 for a small plate.
Loved the atmosphere in this part of the Festival, I guess good food makes people happier. Also, the Piano Accordionist helped a lot. It was very cheerful.
Enjoyed the Festival very much and browsing the stalls and Laneways was fun. The small market on Fairfield Street was really interesting and the view of the City, fabulous.
Finished my adventure by purchasing two large glazed donuts from the bella cucina at the Mary Street Bakery.