Eat, drink and be merry for a cause

17 Oct 2019

Not only is The Fremantle Long Table Dinner one of Perth’s most dynamic community Christmas events, it also raises much needed funds for Perth’s most disadvantaged people. Here’s why you should mark this year’s date in your diary.

Closing one of Fremantle’s busiest streets may sound like no mean feat, yet each year since 2016, St Patrick’s Community Centre (St. Pat’s) together with The National Hotel Fremantle has done just.

The reason? To host The Fremantle Long Table Dinner, an incredible community event that now sees around 1200 guests dine under the stars down historic High Street in the city’s centre.

All funds raised by the event are used by St. Pat’s to support Perth’s most underprivileged – the money helps the organisation’s Day Centre provide services such as its Health and Dental Clinics, meal services and daily activities.

But what makes the dinner truly inspiring is its genuine community spirit, and this year’s event, planned for Thursday November 28, promises to be bigger and better than ever.

“Last year we raised $110,000 for St Pat’s programs,” says Michael Piu, St Pat’s CEO. “The money raised is critical for us to reach more people in need, but it’s not even just the money; at the end of the day, it’s the 200 volunteers who run the even, it’s the 100 local businesses who donate prizes or goods or services. It really is the perfect demonstration of Freo’s community spirit in action.”

Although run by volunteers, the event is now a finely oiled machine and is growing year-on-year. This year, 800 ticket holders will be served a three-course dinner with premium bubbles from Chandon, beer from Little Creatures and wine from Leeuwin Estate and Sandalford Winery.

The table will continue to seat a further 400 people in the newly created picnic area. Here, guests have either purchased a ticket with food (from a food stall of their choice), or the more affordable option of simply taking a seat at the iconic table, bringing their own picnic dinner with them (wine and beer will be available to purchase on the night).

Also upping this year’s ante is the quality of entertainment planned for the evening. John Butler and Mama Kin have both volunteered their time to perform at the event and will be joined by Circus WA performers and street artists. Plus, there will be a number of additional free events running concurrently in the area.

“There will be a whole host of free entertainment and activities happening around town,” explains Karl Bullers, managing director and owner of The National Hotel. For starters, we’ve got Moore & Moore presenting Christmas markets on Henry Street with heaps of local market stalls, Christmas goodies, musicians and roaming entertainment by Circus WA.”

While tickets to the picnic table are sold out, there are still a few available for the three-course meal with drinks ($185 per ticket). Visit fremantlelongtable.com.au to grab yours.

Beyond The Long Table Dinner, there are numerous ways the community can support St. Patrick’s efforts to end homelessness in Perth. The Community Centre is often on the hunt for volunteers from kitchen hands and op shop assistants through to allied health and dental professionals.

If you’re time-poor, but would still like to lend your support, St. Pat’s always needs donations of goods such as non-perishable food, sleeping bags, underwear, towels, socks and thongs. Financial support is also appreciated and helps the organisation continue to achieve its goal of helping those experiencing homelessness, or disadvantaged people to get back on their feet and live fulfilled lives.  Donate by going to stpats.com.au

 

The Black Truffle has proudly supported St. Patrick’s Community Centre and The Long Table Dinner since its inception in 2016. This year, we’re happy to be providing the event with one of our popular gourmet gift hampers.