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Posted in city of fremantle, festival, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on January 29, 2018





The Fish & Sips Festival celebrates this truly amazing part of Australia with its world class seafood and award winning wine at Port Beach in North Fremantle on February 2nd, 3rd & 4th. . Grazing and Tapas are the theme for the weekend, so you can sample all that is available with your free and purchased tokens.

The best of WA’s seafood suppliers including Abacus Crabs, Shark Bay Wild Prawns and KB Lobster will be bringing their produce direct to you, prepared to perfection by a number of WA’s finest Chefs including Anna Gare, Kate Lamont, Stuart Laws, Scott Bridger from Bib and Tucker and Don Hancey.

Combine this with some of WA’s most spectacular wineries featuring Vinaceous, Howard Park, Swings and Roundabouts just to name a few and you have a fantastic day out! There will also be a selection of WA’s exceptional brewers including Little Creatures, Matsos, Otherside and Black Brewing.

There are 5 sessions to choose from, all are packed with great entertainment from start to finish! Food demonstrations, Seafood 101 classes, Masterclasses, Beach BBQ’s plus all the action from the wine and food stalls. There will be Live music on the big stage at all sessions as well.

There are the additional events for presale ONLY.
Kate Lamont’s “3 Fish meet 3 Chardonnay” degustation dinner- $45. Be quick – some sessions have already sold out!
Giniversity Masterclass – $45. Taste, make your own blend and enjoy your personalised Gin Cocktail.

Anna Gare will have special guests Scott from Bib and Tucker and Don Hancey joining her for food demos over the weekend as well as roaming amongst the stalls talking “All Things Seafood”.
Other “Seafood 101” Classes will be running for all to learn the basics and see how these Chefs create their own twists on seafood.

Kids are free when accompanied by parents for the Friday Night, Saturday and Sunday Lunch sessions.
There will be special activities to keep them occupied and loving Seafood..

Saturday and Sunday Night sessions are 18+, with a big band and special guest DJ on the program.

Tickets are $25 (Glass and 3 special tokens included) with VIP Tickets available for $45 (Glass, additional access to special areas and extra tokens included), but hurry as some of the sessions have almost sold out.

Friday 2nd February – 4PM to 10PM

Saturday 3rd February – 11AM to 4PM
Saturday 3rd February – 5PM to 10PM (18+ event)

Sunday 4th February – 10AM to 4PM
Sunday 4th February – 4PM to 9PM (18+ event)



Posted in fishing, fremantle, western australia by freoview on March 30, 2017

The fishing industries and Department of Fisheries are holding the W.A. Sustainable Seafood Day at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour tomorrow, Friday March 31.

This is an industry day but the public is welcome, so if you like seafood and are around tomorrow go and check it out.

Could we please also have an affordable seafood day where the fishing industries try to find solutions to make seafood cheaper and more affordable. The 50+ dollar per kilo for fish is not affordable for low-income earners.

Roel Loopers




Posted in fremantle, seafood by freoview on March 29, 2015

Fremantle’s Bathers Beach was as crowded as a jar of anchovy today when thousands visited the Seafood Festival.

Celebrity chefs showed how to best cook seafood and there were wine and olive oil tastings and yummy food on offer. The cajun prawn sliders and the crumbed sardines in a mini breadroll were delicious, but the mussel paella looked stunning as well.

It was a day of family fun and the perfect weather for it at Fremantle’s most gorgeous little beach.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, sculpture@bathers, seafood by freoview on March 27, 2015

beach art 1 beach art 2There are only two days left of the Fremantle SCULPTURE@BATHERS, so come along on the weekend and enjoy art by 75 Western Australian artists.

Workers have started setting up for Sunday’s big Seafood Festival so that is another reason to come to Bathers Beach. The KELP BAR at Kidogo Arthouse is open today and Saturday from 4pm and from midday on Sunday. it’s the best and most arty spot in town to have a cold beer or glass of wine.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, sculpture@bathers, seafood by freoview on March 26, 2015

the art shelter

This stunning artwork Homage to Chris Hill by Oliver Stretton-Pow sits on the site of the former one kilometre-long jetty at Bathers Beach and is one of the 75 exhibits in SCULPTURE@BATHERS. The jetty gives perfect shade to those who like to be on the beach but not in the full sun and that makes for an interesting photo.

Sculpture at Bathers runs till Sunday evening and the grand finale is the Fremantle Seafood Festival, with many stalls, live music, cooking demonstrations by famous chefs, etc. at Bathers Beach and the Fishing Boat Harbour. Entry is free and the weather forecast good, so bring the family, friends and try the new fusion delicacy of art and seafood.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, fremantle, sculpture@bathers by freoview on March 11, 2015

It’s only two more sleeps, peeps, until the big opening night on Friday of SCULPTURE@BATHERS at Kidogo Arthouse, so come out in droves and enjoy the balmy night after a 36 degree-day. Kelp Bar and Bathers Beach House will have sufficient cold drinks to make everyone happy and help celebrate Fremantle’s biggest art exhibition and sculpture showcase of Western Australian artists.

I went around this morning to photograph a few more works in situ in the coastal landscape at the Indian Ocean. It reads a bit like a travel brochure hey, but what else can one do when one lives in one of the most gorgeous parts of the world.

For all overseas readers of this blog, book your tickets from the UK, USA, Malaysia, Japan, Europe, etc. and have a great cultural experience in Fremantle. Our smiles are nearly as famous as our art!

The show runs till March 29 and ends with the big Seafood Festival.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 7, 2013

The report in the West Australian newspaper today, about Kailis wanting to develop Trigg Beach into a significant destination, made me wonder why no one wants to do this kind of development in Fremantle at J Shed. Maybe in some ways the redevelopment of the Fishermen’s Co-op building by Cicerello’s will cater for it, but at the Northern end of Bathers Beach a good restaurant/cafe and small bar should also work, I believe.

The West reports that “After buying the Trigg Island Cafe about a year ago, the family now wants to turn it into a major beachfront food and beverage destination with a cafe and espresso bar, a casual dining seafood barbecue grill and a bar. Redevelopment director George “Victor” Kailis said the development would create a unique dining experience for Perth locals and drive tourists to the area. “WA is renowned for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world but we offer very little in terms of beachfront dining.”

What the J Shed area needs is a relaxed beach-type venue where bards tell us their stories, accompanied by guitars and cellos, where open fires make it cosy in winter and where the wine list attracts those who don’t want to fill up on alcohol, but those who like to indulge in the beauty of good food and wine.

Fremantle already has sufficient big booze barns for the younger generations, and with a rapidly ageing population it would be wise to start catering for the older generations as well.

A hospitality venue that respects the historic significance of the Arthur Head area, and that enhances and compliments the existing arts studios, would be a great addition to our city. It is essential that it is not huge and out of scale, and I hope whatever plans might be drawn up for J Shed, that they will be considering the heritage values of the West End.

 Read the full story on Trigg Beach in today’s West Australian newspaper!

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 18, 2012

While two good Fremantle French restaurants closed down recently another one is in the news today for not allowing children to eat there after 6 pm. According to the Fremantle Gazette the Dock Seafood and Oyster Bar in Queen Street refuses to serve people with children in the evenings.

I have not been inside the Dock because I find it rather unattractive and uninviting. I am never sure if it is take away or fresh fish outlet with some tables, but it is definitely not a top end five star restaurant, and I have not seen the place packed to the rafters either when I walk or drive by, so what is their concern about children?

One of the places I love to go to because of the family atmosphere there is Clancys. It has worked so well for 25 years because kids are welcomed. There are crayons and paper and games for them, so they have something to do and don’t get bored and run riot.

There is no doubt some children make a nuisance of themselves in cafes and restaurants, but only because their parents allow them to misbehave, but to ban kids from enjoying fish&chips after 6 pm when the industry is struggling seems a pretty strange decision by the Dock owners.

I love kids, so the Dock will be off-limit for me.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 28, 2011

Here some news snippets from Fremantle:

# Congratulations to the RED HERRING restaurant in East Fremantle for winning the W.A. Best Seafood Restaurant Award 20110. Well done!

# Also well done, well kind off, to Fremantle’s ever smiling and likable CEO Graeme McKenzie. He and all other local council CEOs will receive a 4.1% pay rise from July this year. Could we now please have more bins in the city and more regular cleaning around town, Graeme. We are far away from ever winning the Tidy Town award.

# We now have two CAT Bus loops in Fremantle, one serving the north, the other the south of the city and both commencing at the train station.

Roel Loopers

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