If there’s one thing that can get Julie-anne Sprague into the CBD on the weekend it’s free chocolate and cake. Make that two things ... the Terrace Proms are on October 28.

FROM Monday to Friday, St Georges Terrace is a hive of business activity. The weekend, however, is another story. Who wants to be within 10 feet of the office on their day off? The Terrace Proms is one such day when visiting your office building or strolling (not rushing) along the Terrace is not only bearable, but sounds like a great day out.

The foyers of some of the Terrace’s most prominent buildings will become the stage for some fine classical musicians, including guitarist Slava Grigoryan and pianist Michael Brimmer, who will send the sounds of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, and the Beatles right down the Terrace.

Peter Hesketh of organiser Vision Event Management says the idea arose from a group of classical music lovers who wanted to bring classical music to the masses.

And what better way to do that than take it outside the concert halls and into the business community’s home away from home.

“Terrace Proms brings classical music to a place where people can feel comfortable and music can be enjoyed,” Mr Hesketh says.

The event has been a huge success in recent years, attracting large numbers of business people into the city on an official no-go day. Seven St Georges Terrace buildings will be transformed into grand theatres of music as musicians play in the foyers, which according to artistic director Professor David Tunely, are great venues for chamber music.

“The magnificent architecture of these buildings seems purpose built for chamber music recitals,” he says.

This year’s event will take place on October 28 and there will be plenty happening in the city, from music in the foyers (tickets start at $24.20) through to free concerts in Central Park.

Lamont’s is opening specially for this Sunday event and will be serving coffee and cakes.

Located at 172 St Georges Terrace, it’s an opportune place to get a quick bite to eat or to sit over a few coffees and spend all afternoon listening. But it just wouldn’t do it justice – all the major buildings will have something on and, although there is a ticket price, it really is a must-see occasion.

One place already renowned for incorporating music with its meals is Mezzonine on King Street. While the rooftop might not provide the best acoustics for chamber music it will definitely provide a perfect stage for the Carl Mackey Trio, who are performing jazz music between 12.30-2.30. In the afternoon, Thyme and Roses (Taryn Fiebig on vocals and Jayne Hockley playing the harp) will perform while guests are served Devonshire tea.

Terrace Proms is sponsored by the City of Perth and, according to Lord Mayor Peter Natrass, it is a perfect example of what the city is trying to achieve.

“This is one of those events that really highlights what

we do,” he says.

“What we at the City of Perth are trying to achieve is draw people into the city. We’re creating inner city streetscapes that make people want to come into the city.”

And the music will be flowing throughout the city, not just on the Terrace – the CAT buses will have musicians on board to make the trip around town all the more enjoyable.

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What was Bombay Garden is now the Buddha Bar. This funky, new-look establishment is a refreshing style-driven place for Subiaco late nighters wanting a good bite to eat, as well as serving as a great place to tuck into some Indian and Malaysian cuisine during the daylight hours.

From 11pm until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays, the “supper club” will serve Thali Platters (meat or vegetarian) for $12.50 and Bunny Chow for $8. Numbers will be limited, but owner Marcos Cain says there will be an “exclusivity without prejudice” door policy, so it’s a first in best dressed scenario. It’s worth a visit down the walkway located at 88 Rokeby Road and into the bright, warm-coloured restaurant for a great meal in stylish surrounds.

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Dawn Roles is the Hyatt’s guest chef for Joe’s Oriental Diner’s Authentic Sri Lanka Cuisine promotion. She will be working with the team at Joe’s to create a host of Sri Lankan delicacies available until October 20.

A lunch plate will set you back $20 and will feature the delectable delights of Brinjal Pahi (eggplant cooked with mustard, vinegar, garlic, cumin, coriander and tamarind), chicken curries, and Frikkedels (walnut shaped balls of tuna, spices, and potatoes).

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The Taste of the Nation Food and Wine Festival, which raises money for Oxfam Community Aid Abroad, takes place this Saturday. More than 50 restaurants and wineries will operate stalls on Fremantle’s South Terrace and offer tastings in exchange for $5 food tokens and $3 drink tokens. Starting at 12pm, stroll down the cappuccino strip and graze on delights from venues including Fraser’s, Maya Indian Restaurant, Bacco and CBD Restaurant.

There will be plenty to quench the thirst including wines from Amberly Estate, Vasse Felix, Happs Vineyard, and a host of others.

The festival, as well as other Taste of the Nation events, raised $90,000 last year and Oxfam is hoping to crack six figures this year.

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