The Subiaco Street Party took place Saturday for the first time, and, after visiting the event ourselves, it hopefully will not be the last.
We made our way to Rokeby Road early Saturday night, not really knowing what to expect. Coining the event as a party and not a festival was in our mind a little risky. Within minutes of leaving the car however, all apprehensions were lost in a breeze, thick with heady scents of food and the mixed beats of distant music.
The street party was crammed down Rokeby Road, between Hay and Barker Street, with an extra limb stretching down to the end of Forrest Way.
Instantaneously, our ears were filled with the music coming from seemingly every corner of the event. Playing outside the doors of The Regal Theatre stood a two-piece Blues Band and on the corner of Hay Street, a funky Hip Hop duo. EDM was blaring loud and heavy out of Purl Bar as we walked by and on the main stage the hybrid tunes of The Brow added electronic, hip hop and jazz beats to the array of genres seeming to emanate from every available space.
Those who were not bopping or head banging were sitting on the eclectic couches, chairs and benches that littered the side of the street, and in their hands were all manner of worldly treats. A Jamaican BBQ sat across the road from the German Bratwurst station, Columbian cuisine was served beside Indian samosas, and snow cones were handed out right next to French crepes.
Subiaco favourites like Floyds had set up pop ups showcasing only the best, from deep fried Red Velvet Oreo bites to fried potato coils. While the stalls were mostly independent businesses, franchises such as San Churros squeezed in besides them, struggling to hold their own against the niche offerings of the dozens of stalls lining the streets.
Deep fried dinner and dessert in hand, we followed the surge of the crowd past fire jugglers, break dancers and artisans down Forrest Way, where we found at the sky blue Perth Kombi Photo-booth. Very cool!
A little way’s on, colourful parasols were tied to surrounding trees, signs and statues, indicating that we’d entered the craft corner. For $20, friendly stall owners handed patrons plain white paper parasols, and directed them to umbrella stands used to hold them in a steady upright position. Once locked in, the parasols were decorated with dies of every colour, with their creators ranging from ages of five to fifty.
At the end of Forrest Way was the much-awaited carnival rides, which consisted of two side show alley games, a miniature Ferris wheel and one other ride. Our inner child was a tad disappointed at the minimalistic set up, but the effort to make the street party kid friendly was appreciated by those around me.
All afternoon and into the night, the Subiaco Street Party powered on, a visceral reinvigoration of entertainment and of life in a suburb, some have said had reached its peak…. Last night was proof that Subiaco is far from falling asleep or on some downward trend. With the showcase of local food, people and music Subiaco is on the up and Eat The Street Walking Tours are so excited to be running our Art and Eats tour here every Friday.