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Add some spice to your Friday nights
It's back! Perth's best Friday night experience returns on 18 October and runs right through to April. If there's one event that symbolises the changing face of the city, this has to be it. Late in the afternoon at Forrest Place, colourful stalls are set up and the air fills with the tantalising aromas of international cuisines. Performers take to the stage to rehearse music and dances. The Twilight Hawkers Market is about to begin.
This is the third year of the Hawkers Market. I've been a fan since my first visit when I discovered the range of well-priced, tasty and unusual food. The first year paella was the star, and this popular Spanish dish featuring rice, prawns and mussels is still a favourite. It's cooked in metre-wide pans and its almost as much fun to watch cooking as it is to eat.
Last year I tried Argentinian food in the form of grilled asado beef ribs with chimichurri, a sauce made from oil, vinegar and finely chopped fresh vegetables and herbs. I also had shasuka, Moroccan poached eggs in spiced tomato sauce with chickpeas and couscous. Delicious.
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Sweet treats are also available, from donuts to macarons to Malaysian kuehs, and if you happen to see a small cart selling Mexican style "icy poles" do yourself a favour and try the salted caramel - yum.
There are tables available (most people are happy to share) and stools are also provided that can serve as seats or tables. There's plenty of free entertainment and the Hawkers Market is licensed, making it a perfect place to start a night out or celebrate the end of the working week.
Like all outdoor events weather can be a factor so check the Facebook page for updates.
Note: though the Hawkers Market runs most Friday nights, it's best to check during the holiday periods, especially public holidays.