Businesses in Elizabeth Quay are preparing for one of their busiest weeks of the year ahead of the Night Noodle Market event this Friday night.
The foodie favourite event will be returning to Elizabeth Quay from April 5-14 and with it comes thousands of potential customers for outlets in the city’s newest tourist hotspot.
Perth ice-cream lovers’ beloved Gusto Gelato, located right across from the markets, is one of the events biggest fans due to the positive impact they have had.
Gusto Gelato supervisor Natasha Winyord says businesses in Elizabeth Quay are always looking forward to events happening in the area as they bring lots of exposure for them.
“Nothing is really on at Elizabeth Quay, so not a lot of people come down, which is why having events like this definitely helps bring more exposure and customers for all the businesses out here,” she said.
The Reveley restaurant manager Erin Dpaiva agrees that more frequent events are needed in the area to attract further locals, but says it is the yearly Night Noodle Markets that are the most loved by businesses.
“We love having events on around the area … especially if people want a few nibbles or drinks beforehand, they’ll usually come to the bar or go up to the rooftops,” she said.
“However, it is the markets that bring a lot of customers in, either prior to the event or after depending on how long the markets are open till.”
According to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, last year’s event saw thousands of Perth locals making their way down, while tens of thousands are expected this year.
“We get significantly more customers during the event week to the point where we have put quite a lot more staff on then we usually do,” Ms Winyord said.
“Last year was very busy and hectic but it’s great because everyone is in a good mood from the markets. The vibe is really good.”
The Oyster Bar supervisor Tamina van Aarssenost says the ‘card only’ rule at the markets is a major contributor to the success of the business.
“We have quite a few people who don’t have their card on them and want to pay in cash so they come to us and it has really helped because they continue to come back once they’ve tried our food,” she said.
The upcoming markets are part of Perth Good Food Month and offer 20 stalls serving a range of Asian Hawker-style signature dishes with something for everyone to enjoy from noodles and skewers to vegan and gluten-free desserts.
For more information on the event, go to www.goodfoodmonth.com/perth/ or visit their Facebook page at Good Food Month.