A guide to perth’s best food: Ripley’s Tasting Tours

Food tour guide Ripley Saviel. Picture: Martin Kennealey           d443936
Food tour guide Ripley Saviel. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d443936

AFTER becoming frustrated with having to deal with managers interstate, food tour guide Ripley Saviel decided to start her own business.

Ms Saviel, of Madeley, led chocolate and desserts tours in Perth for nine months and created a high tea tour, but found it difficult communicating with a management team in Melbourne.

“I got really frustrated. They were getting all our profit and we’d been doing all the hard yakka,” she said.

“So I thought, ‘no more sending profits to Melbourne, they’re going to stay here’.”

Ms Saviel has started Ripley’s Tasting Tours, which offers three-hour walking tours, including coffee tasting in Perth and Northbridge, an introduction to Burmese history and food in Highgate and a sweets and chocolates tour at Lakeside Joondalup.

She said she was inspired to start the Joondalup tour after the centre’s recent expansion.

“Joondalup shopping centre is exploding,” she said.

“I enjoy showing people new things they didn’t know existed and new things to do.”