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.
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 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.
On-site brewers include:
Flying Brick Cider
Mitchell Harris Wines
Tumut River Brewing
and loads more!
The music line-up features:
Mast Gully Fellers
Hana and Jessie-Lee April
Centre and The South
Michael Meeking and The Lost Souls
Ballarat’s reputation as a melting pot of culture is continuously evolving, and the city is home to some of the most culturally-diverse eats in the country. Find your place at one of Australia’s best Thai eateries Catfish, enjoy a true Italian culinary experience at Carboni’s, take in teppanyaki tastes at Asahi, devour dumplings by the mouthful at Fu Man Lou or embrace the Latino feels at the Spanish experience that is Café Meigas.
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.
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!