Held in November, Perth Lights Up was a mysterious night out, sponsored by Asahi. Given very little information about the events of the night my partner and I followed the instructions on the invite and rocked up to Barrack Street Jetty at the designated time. There were three boats ready to take the 300 hundred invited guests to an undisclosed location.
On board the guests mingled, quenched their thirst with Asahi and other drinks on offer and enjoyed the sights as the Captain Cook Cruise sailed across the calm seas of the Swan River. Watching the sunset over Kings Park was a sight to see as was the beautiful skyline of Perth city.
Pulling up alongside the private jetty at the final location, the Raffles Hotel in Applecross, we were invited into the historic pub to join in the festivities. VIP guests included AFL players, rugby players, businessmen, local personalities and TV and radio hosts.
On this night, the revamped Raffles Hotel sported new hanging decorations, a Japanese chef cooking up a storm in the beer garden, wait staff offering pints of Asahi and finger foods to the guests and most importantly a brand new sign atop the Raffles Hotel flanked by two Asahi-men on either side.
Tasting a range of delicious savouries including Japanese pancakes, oysters, pumpkin risotto, tender kangaroo fillets, sushi, fried haloumi and washing it down with pints of Asahi and glasses of champagne, time went fast while we waited for the great unveil.
As 8.15pm drew closer, we were ushered onto the pavement outside the Raffles Hotel so that we could keep a relatively safe distance for the revealing of the new Asahi sign.
Patrons were then allowed to stay on to enjoy the drinks and the food before being driven back to the Perth CBD by minivans and coaches which were hired for the night. It was a real spectacle with no expense spared.