You set up a table on the top of a hill, sweeping natural views greet you from every corner of the eye. Ahead of you is a ten course degustation dinner, made entirely of ingredients local to the region you're in. Sound too good to be true? Well, it's real, and it's in WA.
Fervor Pop Up Restaurant is the brainchild of Bree and Paul Iskov, a Busselton team determined to show West Aussies that local bush tucker can be used in the fine dining our palates have come to expect in the modern age.
Fervor sets up for one or two nights, often in rural towns that would never otherwise get to experience fine dining. Some examples include Mukinbudin, Kalgoorlie and Denmark from the most recent trip.
Places are limited to 30 to encourage mingling and help ensure food quality is not compromised. During the warmer months they set up outside amongst nature, surrounding you with the food your eating. When the weather is not so conducive you can find the dining table inside shearing sheds and farming warehouses. Needless to say it is quite unique.
So, to give you an idea of the food on offer; the most recent trip traveled through the Goldfields region. Some of the servings on offer included Kangaroo tail with wild rosella puree and red gum ash, coal toasted meringues with preserved quandongs or yallingup marron with lemon myrtle emulsion. They even managed to make salt bush taste amazing.
Kangaroo tail with wild rosella puree, red gum ash, crispy saltbush and macadamia
The standout meal, and one I'm told they're getting quite a reputation for is one of the desserts. The chefs place a bit of honeycomb and cream inside a jar, top it with wattleseed curd then - prepare your salivating glands - pour sandalwood smoke into the jar before sealing it closed to keep the smoke in. Yep, smoked cream and honey.
Prices for the event usually range from $140 - $240 per person depending on location and cost of ingredients. You have to be quick in booking though, as they sell out quickly and there's often a long cancellation list.
The best way to keep in touch with where Fervor is off to next is to follow them on Facebook or Twitter. It may seem pricey but it is truly one of those unique experiences that West Australians need to experience at least once in their life. You'll never believe how great our local bush tucker can taste.