The lovely Grumpy Sailor cafe in the Paddy Troy Mall have opened another outlet on the corner of Queen and Adelaide street at Kings Square.
Baby Grumpy Sailor is just over the road from Target and serves great coffee and yummy bagels.
The Under The Bridge Foodtrucks organisers came up with the Trumpish slogan Make Mondays Great Again, so I am stealing it from them.
It’s on again today from 5-8.30 pm at the Fremantle East Street Jetty and a lot of fun. It’s also a great spot to watch the sun set behind the port, fall in love, network, meet new friends, take the dog for a walk, or have a quick swim in the Swan River.
While the official statement I received from the City of Fremantle is that they are looking for alternative options for the short-term lease of the No 1 studio at J Shed, the Fremantle Herald reports that Freo Food will be moving in for five months because O6M will not take up the lease.
Let me first state that I believe that Freo Food is a very good idea. Linking local producers with local customers and supplying packaged-free produce is great. Also good to try to keep it cheap by cutting overheads, so I am all for it.
But the Bathers Beach Art Precinct is the most inappropriate location for a fruit and vegetable shop and it is ridiculous for City staff to tell J Shed artists that the BBAP concept does have allowance for a hospitality operator. Freo Food is not a hospitality operator and it is not an arts related business, so it should not be given the lease to the art studio within the arts precinct. For CoF staff to even consider it is ridiculous!
The anyone will do attitude by the City of Fremantle for the Bathers Beach Art Precinct has resulted in many failed attempts and the committee has not done a very good job in attracting high-quality art businesses to Arthur Head.
The Under The Bridge food van market at the Fremantle East Street jetty has become very popular with hundreds of people sitting at the Swan river watching the sun set behind the port and enjoying great food.
It is on every Monday in summer from 5 to 8.30 pm, so go and check it out next week!
A lovely new cafe has opened in Fremantle’s Little Market Street below Freo’s best Italian restaurant La Sosta.
BOTTEGA is much more than just another cafe though as it also sells bread, take away meals, preserved chilli, peppers, coffee, etc. and it is fully licensed so it is also a new small bar in the centre of town.
It is a very cosy and comfortable place with huge wheels of cheese on display and large salamis hanging from the ceiling.
The food varies daily and is international from pasta dishes to slow cooked brisket with spicy Korean mayo and kimchi, or braised pork belly with rosti, spicy Thai chicken rolls, salads, field mushrooms with goat cheese, sage and pancetta, etc.
But there is more! The Sri Lankan pastry chef makes yummy-looking sweets in house, so there is something for everyone at Bottega.
I really like the ambience of the place and will most certainly pop in there for a coffee and catch up with friends. It’s open from 6.30 am to 6 pm.
La Sosta upstairs also caters for functions so if you are planning a wedding or corporate event, keep them in mind.
Disclaimer: This post is a community service for which I do not charge money or accept free meals for!
Robert Peters of FREO FOOD was the second speaker at Monday’s Fremantle Network event at the National Hotel, and the concept of the community having more control over the food chain by purchasing from small growers and farmers is very interesting.
“It is a platform to regain ownership of our food system to build connections with producers and each other to revolutionise how we engage with food.”
Unfortunately it was not very well communicated how it worked and how the idea can grow without becoming another fresh food shop. At the moment there is a depot but Robert did not mention where that is, so I assume we’ll have to check out the Facebook page to find out more, but he did mention that food could become more expensive once they went into a brick and mortar venture.
Better quality food produced by local producers but 10-15 per cent cheaper than the shops sounds almost too good, but the future will tell if that is sustainable.
I am not sure also if Food Freo is a not for profit group, but one can also go to houses and buy products there direct from those who grow vegies in their gardens.
Blueberries from Jandakot, pork and other meat from Margaret River, eggs from a couple who started a small egg farm, bread, root vegetables and lettuce, mushrooms, fish, local garlic. It all sounds great, and Robert said it was “really value for farmers and consumers.”
I was surprised though to hear that the group is now thinking of including craft from local artisans as that is a whole different kettle of fish, and my impression was that there are a lot of unresolved business issues the group should sort out first before expanding and sell anything else.
For that same reason I am at loss why Freo Food applied for a six-month lease of the No 1 studio at J Shed in the Bathers Beach Art Precinct. I am not at all sure how a food business does fit in with any of the criteria for that art area.
Anyhow, it is a great idea to buy direct from producers and if it can become a viable business good on them!
It’s a beautiful day in Fremantle yet again, so why not enjoy the sunset at the Under The Bridge Food Trucks at the East Street jetty this evening and watch the sun set behind the port.
Five trucks will offer a variety of international food to choose from and you can even throw in a line and catch some fish while there.
It’s on from 5-9 pm, so head out to the Swan River!
The monthly Fremantle Network event is on at the National Hotel TODAY from 6pm, so come along, listen, ask questions, meet new people and network!
Robert James Peters of FREO FOOD will talk about the group’s idea to revolutionise the way the food system works and how to regain community ownership of it, so that will be food for thought.
Also on this eve is Matthew McNeilly of Sirona Capital who will give an update about the Kings Square development that will commence early next year. This is a development welcomed by many and criticised by others so ask the hard questions or give some positive feedback.
I always enjoy the Fremantle Network events, so join in! It’s free, upstairs at the National, so a good excuse to have a drink or stay for a meal.
The annual Lilly Street Lasagna Bake-off was on again today and the community came out in droves to connect and have fun.
It has become a great tradition and a fantastic celebration of Fremantle’s multiculturalism.
I suppose it’s short pain for long-term pain but the boardwalk works by Marine&Harbours at the Fishing Boat Harbour are processing very slowly.
Stage 1 is due for completion by December this year and Stage 2 by June next year, but it’s not a good look and must negatively affect the traders as people can’t walk from Kailis to Cicerello’s and Joe’s.