A FIVE-course edible weed feast, a top-secret Dinner in the Dark, and Sugar Republic’s pop-up Aussie milk bar are all on the menu at this year’s Plate Up Ballarat.
Now in its second year, the month-long festival will showcase the region’s best growers, producers, chefs, restaurants and cafes this May 1 to 31.
“Ballarat is full of very exciting foodie businesses with people who work collaboratively to deliver an amazingly diverse and high-quality culinary experience,” Plate Up Ballarat director Kate Davis said. “Plate Up Ballarat is our chance to show off what we have. It really is regional dining at its best.”
The festival’s line-up of more than 50 events will feature lunches and dinners, workshops, markets, food trucks, high teas, fashion, live music, competitions, and guided beer, wine, whisky and gin tastings.
Participating businesses include the likes of The Pub With Two Names, Mr Jones Dining, Lola, Moon & Mountain, Mitchell Harris, and The Lost Ones.
This year’s introduction of Plant Up Ballarat will see many venues and events focusing on plant-based eating and the indelible link between nutrition and wellness.
Sometimes though, food is just simply about comfort and what could be more comforting than a timeless toastie? Be prepared for some creative spins on old classics when 24 hot spots put their best toasties forward as part of Toast of Ballarat.
“Not only does Plate Up Ballarat cater for those looking for a unique high-quality dining experience, there are workshops for kids, gin dinners, hip hop yoga, theatre shows, events for the sweet tooth and so much more,” Kate said. “There really is something for everyone.”
Plate Up Ballarat is proud to once again partner with the Ballarat Foundation in support of its Feed Ballarat initiative to address food insecurity.