PICTURE this. A tropical island with glorious beaches and a warm climate situated in the Indian Ocean, approximately 2,400 kilometres off the south-east coast of Africa.

The island, which is of volcanic origin, covers an area of 1,865 square kilometres. Coral reefs surround most of the coast, except the south.

The central plateau is bordered by three mountain ranges, giving rise to a landscape of striking beauty. Oh, and it costs about $1200 and takes 7.5 hours to get there.

But if you have neither the time nor the money to get to this beautiful place – Mauritius – Burwood’s Atrium buffet has brought the wonders of the island to Perth.

The 10-day Mauritius Food Festival will feature five chefs flown in from the Le Coco Beach Hotel in Mauritius, who will be preparing colourful cuisine complete with the famous Creole flavours.

The Le Coco Mauritius dance troupe will be performing daily and will give special evening performances in the Cabaret Lounge.

Le Coco Beach Hotel Mauritius executive chef Virjrandand Kallooa will lead the team of chefs, who will create a menu filled with sumptuous spice.

From pork salami with red wine and cinnamon to lamb briyani, fish vindaye and beef and chicken curries, the food available will have all the vibrancy and colour you’d expect of a tropical food festival.

And of course when you’re thinking tropical, you have to drink cocktails, and the Atrium has got some fruity cocktails to get you into a sizzling mood. From the Coco Beach Excellence (rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice, and grenadine syrup) to the Mauritian delight (rum, blue curacao, banana liqueur, pineapple juice) and the Yellow Bird (rum, Cointreau, passionfruit, and pineapple juice), the list of cocktails is as bright as the dance troupe’s costumes.

For all the fun, warmth and festivities, head into the Atrium at the Burswood from July 4 to

July 14.

Penfolds is the wine to taste for the beginning of July, with a host of ‘meet the maker’ lunches and dinners happening at various restaurants around town.

On July 3, Friends will have senior red wine maker Peter Gago in attendance to provide guidance and to impart his knowledge. A five-course grazing menu for the aptly named “Grazing with Grange” meet the winemaker lunch will be paired with the latest release 1996 Grange, RWT, Yattarna, and the White Grange. Be at Friends between

12-12.30 for a grazing not to be missed.

The Hyatt will have Peter Gago as their special host for an evening at Gershwins. A four-course meal will be prepared by the chefs and matched to wines, including Uattarna Chardonnay, Bin 707, and Grange 1996. The event will be held on both Monday, July 2, and Tuesday, July 3, with a 7pm start.

In the quaint Chiang Rai Thai Restaurant you can enjoy the Penfold’s wine appreciation banquet on July 11.

Experienced chef Gaye Puangkam will prepare an eight-course Thai banquet – an ideal opportunity for those who haven’t tried her authentic Thai cuisine. On the banquet menu are favourites such as chicken green curry, as well as Gah Kata (lamb dish). At just $31 per head, this evening would be a hard one to pass up. The Penfolds wine appreciation dinner is the first for the restaurant and is one of many planned events – stay tuned.

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