The Perth Up Market was established in 2008 and initially held at the Perth Town Hall but with its growing popularity, the markets moved in 2010 to the more spacious and aesthetically pleasing grounds of UWA. Held quarterly the market host local artists, designers, stylists, craftsmen and women, and a wide range of gourmet delights.
Food vs Urban Sketching
On my way to UWA I thought about how hungry I would be when I arrived and whether there would be food available for purchase, given that it was a Sunday, I thought it would be highly unlikely.
I accepted that that would be the case and I would have to somehow nurse my hunger.
I’d forgotten to bring snacks and even have breakfast. But I did bring a 600ml bottle of water, my hat, stool and sketch gear!
As I strolled through the corridors of the university grounds running my finger tips along thick limestone walls I could feel the bumpy but smooth surface of each brick. UWA was established in 1911 by Sir John Winthrop Hackett.The campus has been in its current location, Crawley, since 1929.
With Australia being such a new country we very rarely have many historical buildings to admire. I simply love old buildings not only because of their architecture, but also the history. The people who used them intrigue me as well.
The walls and corridors have stories and I want to know what those stories are.
On the Food Hunt
Being a foodie I “needed” to know there was food somewhere and it was like the universe had heard my hungry tummy talking to it because at the end of the corridor I spotted a small tent/marquee. As a frequenter of many food markets over the years I immediately recognised it as a food stall. But just one? I thought. Hmmm , that’s all I could see. The smile on my face grew bigger and my growling stomach growled louder as I stepped closer to the “light”, the end of the dark hunger limestone tunnel .
Angels sang, the clouds parted, white butterflies fluttered amongst the trees and flowers and the cerulean blue sky greeted me as I exited the dim lit corridor to discover a world of food tents.
Or just like when Charlie stepped into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory for the first time. The look of wonderment and delight at all the pretty food and colours that surrounded him and his grandpa.
Ok maybe the angels didn’t sing and the clouds didn’t part but if you’re a real foodie you’d understand that my description comes very close.
Choices Choices Choices!!!
Where to start? what to eat?
“Dutch poffertjes with half salted caramel and half nutella please!” mmmmm
Sadly no, not yet but soon!!! (secretly I was happy that hubby wasn’t around to share – shhhhhhh!!)
Whilst the other urban sketchers chose the ginormous Italian donuts filled with lemon curd, nutella, Italian custard, cream, jam or whatever else was on offer, I chose Spanish meatballs with creamy cheesy polenta to start my urban sketching morning by my favourite Spanish/Portuguese streetfood stall holder, Tapasman. Oh yum!! I usually prefer a savoury in the morning before my sweets.
Urban Sketchers Perth Chapter
Not all Perth Urban Sketchers could make our Sunday sketch meet but for those who did we got to enjoy the lively atmosphere the markets delivered on a perfect sunny September Spring Sunday.
One last thing, my two highlights of my sketching day apart from the food and company was finally meeting the lovely and talented Tahlia from Cocoa&Spice. We’ve known each other “virtually” for a while but had never met in the real world. Tahlia creates deliciously decadent cake creations. Last year I had the opportunity to interview Tahlia .
And I had the pleasure of meeting Dolce the scruffy fluffy happy market loving dog!
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