Cooking with Opera, a festival of culinary delights dedicated to the opera greats, announced for March & April

Cooking with Opera is back for the second year to delight Subiaco with culinary wonders and the rich artistry of opera. In a collaboration between See Subiaco and West Australian Opera, this month-long dedication to the art of opera and the dishes inspired by those operas is launching Monday, March 15.

After the success of Cooking with Opera in 2020, the event will run from March 15 – April 15 this year, with multiple sumptuous treats and activities to try. Eateries will be serving up delightfully crafted dishes that pay homage to the music, artists and composers of this classic art, as visitors enjoy activations immersing them into the world of opera. Essentially, the month will see multiple Subiaco restaurants and cafes showcase limited edition, opera-inspired menu items. Alongside this will be a video series documenting the processes and inspirations behind each of these amazing culinary delights.

Revel in the storytelling aspect of both food and opera, as you discover the tales behind dishes, such as decadent Donizetti cake – created in the kitchen of notable composer, Rossini’s kitchen in order to mend the broken heart of another of Italy’s most famous composers, Gaetano Donizetti.

This year, indulge in a scoop of mozartkugel icecream, a twist on the classic chocolate and marzipan ode to Mozart, produced by Whisk Creamery, or attend the opera-themed high tea at Eli and Matt’s Patisserie complete with Rossini-inspired macrons. In honour of Australia’s beloved queen of opera, Dame Nellie Melba, Boucla cafe will be serving up fried halloumi drizzled with honey coupled with Greek salad and served on Melba toast. For dessert, they are whipping up Basque cheesecakes with Melba toast crumble and Melba peaches. Boulca’s series comes just in time for Melba Toast Day on March 23. Other participating eateries include Cherubino City Cellar, Dilly Dally or Galileo Buona Cucina so be sure to pop in to see what delights they have cooked up this season.

If you want to be a part of the action, take part in an Italian cooking class at the Multicultural Language Centre, where cooks will recreate two amazing opera-themed dishes, along with dishes from Woodpeckers and The Storehouse.


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