THE BALLARAT Beer Festival is returning to the city for another year, so why not make a weekend of it?
Featuring more than 150 craft beer vendors, food trucks and live music, the one-day festival presents the perfect opportunity to discover why Ballarat is becoming a mecca for culture, food, wine and craft beer.
As a hub of craft beer, it makes sense to use your Ballarat visit to venture along your very own trail and scope out some of the region's breweries and cideries including Red Duck, Cubby Haus, Rebellion and 321 Cider.
Held the night before the festival, Gallagher’s Friday Night Degustation Dinner provides the best opportunity to mix and mingle with the brewers as you enjoy a delicious 5-course menu served with perfectly-matched beers. Hosted by The Beer Diva and Professor Pilsner, the degustation dinner is a huge night on the Australian beer calendar and not to be missed.
Wine and dine
If you weren't able to nab tickets to the degustation, fear not! Instead, get comfortable at one of Ballarat's gourmet restaurants, craft beer hotspots or wine bars such as The Forge, The Mallow, Hop Temple or Mitchell Harris Wines and order yourself a locally-produced gourmet dinner accompanied by a glass of the region’s top drops.
Start off what promises to be an awesome day with an awesome breakfast. Whether it's corn fritters, Smashed Avo, Matcha Pancakes and Acai Berry Bowl or Eggs Hollandaise that you're after, you'll find it at one of Ballarat's prized cafes.
The Main Event
Featuring more than 150 of the world's finest craft beers as well as hours of entertainment, activities and music for all ages, and beer education, the Ballarat Beer Festival will see you kicking back under the summery skies as you sample, sip and savour your way to craft beertopia. This year's festival will also feature a selection of the top wines and ciders from the region - as if you needed more reason to hit up the event.
The music line-up features:
Justin Yap Band
Gastro pub eats
Continue the gastronomic celebrations at one of Ballarat's prized gastro pubs. The Western Hotel, Lake View Hotel, The George Lane or Golden City are great places to round-off your Beer Fest experience.
There's still plenty of cafes to explore and lots of room left to savour the city's best eats. Wake up around brunch time and head out for another wholesome meal and caffeine fix.
After a change in tune? It's the last day to check out the iconic Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields. Celebrating fine music in historic venues, this festival features recitals from some of the country's most beloved classical musicians and is a music lovers delight. For a more contemporary melody, find your place at Ballarat's Botanical Gardens for the Summer Sundays event and relish in the mood, tunes and flavours of the month!