Eat the Street’s recipe for success

A Perth walking tour more focused on food than historical facts has been named Unique Experience of the Year by the UK’s Luxury Travel Guide.

Less than a year after establishing their business, Eat the Street’s Jacqueline Baril and Mark Padgett can barely believe their luck.

“It was completely out of the blue,” Baril told AAA of the unexpected win which has flung their company into the international spotlight.

“Being a seven-month-old business and not knowing we had been nominated until four weeks ago when we were notified that we were short-listed, it makes it all the more exciting.”

Offering intimate guided tours of Perth’s most iconic streets and suburbs, Eat the Street champions outstanding independent bars and restaurants including Aqua Bar at the Barrack Street Jetty.

And rather than only catering to tourists, Eat the Street’s primary mission is to help locals get better acquainted with their home turf.

“We’re as targeted to locals as we are to tourists,” Baril said.

“We go into the suburbs because that is where locals want to explore. A lot of people go out in the city or go out in the suburb they live in, or they’ll go to Fremantle twice a year, unless they’re from Fremantle in which case they never leave, and they know that places like Mt Lawley are cool but they don’t know where exactly to go.”

Padgett added: “We aim to have people come on tour with us and wish to return to our venues almost immediately to sample the rest of their menu.”

Passionate about sharing their love of Perth’s vibrant food and drink scene with as many people as possible, the Bedford-based couple have made it a priority to keep ticket prices low.

“We want to make it affordable for students, pensioners and retirees — it’s all about everybody being able to come along and have a good time,” Baril said. “We don’t want to exclude anyone.”

The West Australian

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