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If you’re anything like me, you’ve been itching for the day that the footy season starts again and you can finally parade around your blue and yellow (or purple and white) scarf that’s been staring at you longingly from the closet for waaaay too long.

Luckily for us, this special occasion is only a couple of days away, with the official AFL relaunch on Thursday June 11, starting with the Pies playing the Tigers at the MCG (us West Aussies will have to wait until Saturday to see West Coast and Dockers play). And whilst attending live games at our beloved Optus stadium with a cheeky drink or two afterwards at the Camfield is currently out of the question, it’s still possible to have an amazing time with just your mates, the big screen and an epic spread of local delights (and I don’t mean party pies and UDLs.)

We all know the importance of a good halftime feast; it has the potential to uplift disappointed first-half spirits and fill up hungry bellies.

For the pizza fanatics, if you haven’t tried Trigg Pizza Stirling, you’re in for a treat! The perfect match for the halftime dinner break that won’t break the bank, Trigg Pizza Stirling has an awesome array of pizzas which cater to absolutely everyone including the vegos, the flexitarians (like me!), the meat-eaters and the seafood lovers. You can also grab a dessert pizza for the sweet tooths, or footy-approved sides like jalapeno poppers, nachos and the spicy chicken wings.

I recently tried the Vegetarian pizza topped with olives, pineapple and all the veggie works, plus the Aztec pizza, a nacho-inspired pizza loaded with corn chips, jalapenos and sour cream. Fresh, tasty ingredients made by locals – Trigg Pizza Stirling opens at 4.30 – the perfect time to pre-order your AFL dinner. Find their full menu here.

Are you sick of the same old corona beers (too soon?) and the headache-inducing Aldi wine for your footy season drink of choice? Make sure to take a trip to WA Cellar Door Doubleview, where you can purchase – and taste! – some of WA’s best, most delicious local wines and craft beers.

Located on Scarborough Beach Road, the cosy, rustic-feeling wine cellar has a staggering selection of hand-selected drops for every taste bud and budget, with costs rivalling the big liquor stores. And if you’re not sure about what you want or if you’d like to try something new, WA Cellar Door Doubleview owner Scott is always on hand to help you pick something that’ll fast become your new fave. Now that restrictions have been lifted, Scott is also resuming his FREE wine tastings in-store, with cheese and nibbles. So ensure you call and book in with your mates to discover something new, just in time for the footy!

I’ve tried a range of wines from WA Cellar Door Doubleview, from sweet wine to Prosecco to a shiraz, and they were amazing value for money – ranging from only $10 – $12 a bottle! They also have discounts for buying in bulk, which is always good for a footy gathering. Their craft beer selection is something to be envious of, stocking beers from all around Australia. But f you’re not a beer/wine fan, they also stock cider! Find their Facebook here.

For all the AFL fans out there, make sure to dust off your footy merch and invite your mates over to watch the start of the footy season this Thursday! And remember to check out Trigg Pizza Stirling WA for your halftime dinner and WA Cellar Door Doubleview to discover your new footy fave drink. Tag us at #perthhappenings @perthhappenings and show us how you enjoy the footy, for your chance to be featured on our Instagram!