The Food Circus Perth is a pop-up retail experience that is working its way across eight Perth shopping centres as an initiative of property company Hawaiian in conjunction with chef Iain Lawless.

The concept is to provide an “alternative platform for retailers and local producers to engage with the shoppers”. The Food Circus started at Carillon City earlier in October and made its way to Noranda Shopping Village last weekend where I dropped in on Saturday for a spot of lunch.

The primary focus of the Food Circus is – no surprise – the food, and the majority of the action took place in and around the entrance to the shopping centre and the edge of the car park. There was a good variety of food stalls, with something to satisfy most tastes.

A good effort was made to create the circus theme, including a few “side show alley” attractions that were popular with the kids.

I think the concept needs some work – most of the items placed inside the shopping centre looked like they were there for the sake of it, and just seemed to be in the way of the shoppers. I’m also not sure what influence the consulting chef has had on the event, I think that a giveaway of some circus-themed foods (other than popcorn & fairy floss) would help to reinforce the “circus” feel. Or perhaps some clowns.

Let’s also hope that the suburbs haven’t overdosed on food truck events yet, as there seems to be one in Perth wherever you look at the moment.

Food Circus Perth

I couldn’t possibly finish without talking about some food, and my choice for lunch was these light & crispy corn fritters with good-enough-to-drink satay sauce from Turban Chopsticks ($10).

The Food Circus’ next stop is Melville Plaza on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th November – keep an eye on the Facebook page for more details on this and future locations. Definitely head down if the circus comes to your area – it’s a great opportunity to sample dishes from food vendors that you’d normally have to attend a “major” event for.

See below for some more photos from my visit to Noranda.
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