Celebrating Easter made easy thanks to good ‘neighbours’
Getting into the Easter spirit is easy when you live in a neighbourhood like ours.
From Applecross, to Mount Pleasant, to Bicton, Melville and Myaree, our suburbs are laden with some of Perth’s best stores and markets where we can source beautiful produce for our family celebrations.
Here, we explore all the amazing outlets on our doorstep, as well as the festive and foodie trends they are seeing in the lead up to Easter next weekend.
Whether you’re religious or not, Easter is synonymous with fish and we are fortunate to have some of the freshest seafood on offer.
“Easter is one of our busiest times of the year, second only to Christmas,” said Seafresh Myaree General Manager Lucy Lynch. “And Easter is all about fish.
“It’s about simple home cooking without the pressure of entertaining in the silly season. Everyone is more interested in simple, humble family meals at Easter.”
Scrumptious seafood is also available at The Good Grocer stores, with delectable prawn brioche rolls on offer over the Easter period, as well as their regular fish lines, while Marmion Street Fresh & Gourmet in Melville stocks a range of packaged ‘grab-and-go’ seafood from Catalanos.
Ms Lynch said despite recent cost of living pressures, enjoying a seafood meal this Easter did not have to cost a fortune.
“Everyone is a bit conscious around their hip pocket, but they don’t need to go all out and splurge, there are plenty of very affordable options if you want seafood on your Easter menu,” she said.
What’s Easter without a chocolate or ten?
The Good Grocer’s local stores at Applecross, Mount Pleasant and Myaree, as well as Fresh Provisions Bicton, and Marmion Street Fresh and Gourmet have a selection of treats for the even the sweetest tooths.
Marmion Street Fresh & Gourmet owner Adrian Strk said the popular store stocked a range of organic and dairy free Easter eggs, which had proven popular this year, along with its Easter Bunny gingerbread biscuits.
“Sales are ramping up for us,” he said. “At Christmas most shoppers are more organised but at Easter, it can be a bit last minute with buying eggs. This year, we’ve already seen good sales of our specialty Easter products, including our organic and dairy free Easter eggs.”
Greg Brindle, Brindle Group Chairman, said customers were enjoying the vast selection of Easter goodies at The Good Grocer stores.
“People are loving the Rottnest Bakery hot cross buns which are exclusive to us as well as our unique range of high-end eggs and specialty chocolates, including Koko Black, Fremantle Chocolate and Whistlers, which make great gifts,” he said.
Get festive with decorations
The Good Grocer isn’t just about good food. Its local stores at Myaree, Applecross and Mount Pleasant are getting into the groove with plenty of Easter inspired decorations, from cute decorative bunnies driving carrot racing cars to Easter egg wreaths.
“We love Easter at The Good Grocer, it’s our busiest period outside of Christmas,” Mr Brindle said.
“We are trading 24/7 right through the Easter break, providing great service and a range of exciting Easter products.”
At The Good Grocer stores, the Easter Bunny might even make an early appearance. Check here to see if he’s expected to hop into your ‘hood.
Meats and treats
From quality cuts of meat to pastas and smallgoods, P.Princi Butchers in Bicton knows a thing or two about how to curate the perfect Easter meal.
Retail Director Michele Stellitano said tender lamb and goat were P.Princi specialities, as well as rolled roasts with their signature pork and fennel stuffing.
“This Easter, we’ve seen a lot of interest in our baby lamb and baby goat, which we cut to customer’s requirements whether to roast or for a rotisserie,” Mr Stellitano said.
“Veal is also very popular at Easter in a variety of ways – sliced veal for scallopini, rolled veal roasts, standing rib eye roasts.”
P.Princi also stocks a wide variety of pastas and smallgoods, including gluten free dry pastas.
Entertain with ease
Mr Stellitano said roast meats were a staple of Easter tables and P.Princi offered a range of ready-cooked meats such as lamb roasts and porchetta to take the stress out of meal preparation.
P.Princi has a comprehensive catering menu and also stocks a range of prepared meals, including lasagne and spinach and ricotta cannelloni.
Similarly, at The Good Grocer, staff have curated a special ‘Easter Feasting’ menu which are prepared in-house and can be ordered and ready for collection for your celebration.
Options include a slow cooked lamb shoulder, crispy skin whole roasted free range chicken and citrus baked salmon, along with roast vegetables, or roasted Moroccan cauliflower with spiced cous cous.
“As The Good Grocer becomes more active in the take-home meals space, our catering options become more and more exciting, and we are looking forward to helping lots of people celebrate over Easter,” said Mr Brindle.
Mr Strk said Marmion Street Fresh & Gourmet was a local go-to for Easter platters, antipastos and catering.
“We get a lot of requests for platter, particularly our continental platters with meats and cheeses, chicken platters, sandwich platters and sushi – we do a lot of catering in that regard over the Easter season,” he said.
Fresh Provisions Bicton also offers a range of platters, salads and hot foods for those wanting to make catering easy.
From our Mont family to yours, we wish you a safe, happy and relaxing Easter break.