The Boulevard IGA is located within City Beach’s Empire Village Shopping Centre, and I was recently invited to visit the store on a warm Saturday lunchtime for a series of workshops with other food bloggers.

Our visit coincided with a Community Open day held around the shopping centre and in nearby Beecroft Park, which offered live music, face painting and a selection of market stalls.

It was my first visit to Empire Village and I was surprised to find so many great restaurants in the centre: The Groper and His Wife, Park & Vine, Georges CafΓ© and Boulevard Pizzeria.

I arrived a little early so popped into Georges for a quick coffee and this rather nice cream eclair. They were very busy and pumping out some rather impressive brekkie burgers, but let’s not get distracted…

The Boulevard IGA’s owner James Kelly also owns my favourite IGA on 2nd Ave in Mount Lawley and Taylor Road IGA in Nedlands. All three stores are open 24/7.

There’s a clear focus on fresh produce, from the freshly squeezed juices to the hundreds of muffins and over 700 bags of tortillas they make in-store and sell every week.

Β Our program of events began with a tour of the store andΒ  a meet-and-greet with the artisan producers, of course sampling their great products along the way (although I didn’t try the pet treats).

Chocolatier Sue Lewis showed us how to startle a child with a bucket of chocolate, followed by a fascinating masterclass in chocolate tempering…

…and of course we got to try some of her fabulous chocolate πŸ™‚

The store’s visual merchandiser Kate Flower took our next masterclass, showing us how to prepare antipasto and cheese plates.

This was a very timely lesson with Christmas and summer just around the corner, putting these things together isn’t as easy as you might think! Mind you, it’s a lot easier when you have a gourmet supermarket at your disposal…

Both of these plates were assembled with produce from the store, right down to the Postcode Honey lovingly drizzled over the blue cheese.

We were forced to eat our way through these plates for lunch. Being a food blogger can be tough sometimes.

Our next activity was learning how to create our own mason jar posies, again a handy skill to learn with Christmas coming up.

I managed to stay out of this one, pretending that I had important photography business to attend to.

Boulevard IGA City Beach

The Boulevard IGA’s motto is “for the love of food”, and it shows. Home to produce from over 200 local suppliers, the Boulevard IGA is a great destination for food lovers and definitely worth a visit, wherever you live in Perth. If you’re like me, you’ll probably head home with lots of cheese.

I’d like to thank Luke from Style Counsel and James & Kate from the Boulevard IGA for the invitation to this most enjoyable event.

The Boulevard IGA
Empire Village Shopping Centre
31 Gayton Road, City Beach WA 6015
Open 24/7