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    May 2019

    Plate Up Ballarat

    May 1 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 11:00 pm
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia + Google Map
    Free – $150

    Plate Up Ballarat is an exciting month-long event celebrating Ballarat’s wonderful food offerings, craft beers, boutique wines and a whole lot more. Taking place throughout the month of May 2019, Plate Up Ballarat will showcase local producers whilst also promoting successful and supportive connections between producers, restaurants and cafes. This year, in support of men’s mental health & Beyond Blue, Plate Up Ballarat will host “Ballarat Blokes Who Bake” - If you’re a bloke who loves to bake (or know…

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    Buninyong Film Festival

    May 24 - May 26
    Buninyong Town Hall, 309A Learmonth Street
    Buninyong, Victoria 3357 Australia
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    The Buninyong Film Festival Committee is pleased to present it’s 27th Film Festival in the heart of Buninyong Village. This year’s Festival is bigger than ever before with now 3 days and 9 films being presented! The annual Buninyong Film Festival will be held over the weekend of 24-26 May 2019 and will once again showcase another sparkling array of arthouse films – from Spain, Lebanon, Italy and the USA, in addition to our favourite Australian documentaries and short films.…

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    Ballarat Steam Train Rides

    May 24 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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    An event every day that begins at 9:25 am, repeating until 26 May 2019

    Ballarat Station, Lydiard Street
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $25

    Steamrail Victoria invites you to ride our historical steam shuttles at Ballarat as part of the 2019 Ballarat Heritage Weekend. Alternatively, you can ride a transfer train from Newport to Ballarat or Ballarat to Newport. BOOK NOW - https://www.trybooking.com/BAYJP This year our steam train rides will be hauled by Y 112 and A2 986. LOCATION Newport to Ballarat Transfer, Newport Railway Station, Melbourne departing Friday 24th May 2019 at 2:00pm. Ballarat Heritage Weekend Shuttles, Ballarat Railway Station (Platform 2) departing…

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    Feed Ballarat Fundraiser at the Ballarat Trotting Club

    May 24 @ 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Ballarat & District Trotting Club Inc., Bray Raceway Bell St
    Ballarat, 3350
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    $40

    Along side our Night Market, you can enjoy a formal 3 course meal in our upstairs Terrace Restaurant on the 24th of May 2019 also supporting The Ballarat Foundation's Feed Ballarat appeal. The three course meal will be showcasing Local producers including: Tuki Retreat Trout Farm, Yendon Gourmet Tomatoes Spring Creek Organics, Ballarat Mushroom Farm, Bacchus Marsh “Dellios Apples” and Enbom Honeys. Adult tickets for this 3 course dining experience are $40pp with $10 from each ticket sold being donated…

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    Ballarat Steam Train Rides

    May 25 @ 9:25 am - 5:00 pm
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    An event every day that begins at 9:25 am, repeating until 26 May 2019

    Ballarat Station, Lydiard Street
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
    + Google Map
    $25

    Steamrail Victoria invites you to ride our historical steam shuttles at Ballarat as part of the 2019 Ballarat Heritage Weekend. Alternatively, you can ride a transfer train from Newport to Ballarat or Ballarat to Newport. BOOK NOW - https://www.trybooking.com/BAYJP This year our steam train rides will be hauled by Y 112 and A2 986. LOCATION Newport to Ballarat Transfer, Newport Railway Station, Melbourne departing Friday 24th May 2019 at 2:00pm. Ballarat Heritage Weekend Shuttles, Ballarat Railway Station (Platform 2) departing…

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    Frolic at Ballarat Heritage Weekend queer history exhibit & tours

    May 25 @ 10:00 am - May 26 @ 5:00 pm
    Ballarat Town Hall, 225 Sturt Street
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free

    Ballarat Frolic Festival (BFF) is proud to be part of Ballarat Heritage Weekend in 2019 bringing you an exhibit and two tours. You will find a queer history exhibit in Town Hall from 10am to 5pm each day. Come and have a chat about Ballarat's fascinating suppressed history. We’ll also be running two ticketed Queer History Tours at 2:30pm each day, leaving from just outside Town Hall. You will be guided through central Ballarat and given a glimpse of what…

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    Ballarat Heritage Weekend Presents The Tea Trolley

    May 25 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Canberra Hotel, 812 Macarthur Street
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $15

    Enjoy freshly brewed leaf tea or coffee served in vintage retro china. Select a piece of delightful home baked cake or slice from the auto trolley as its wheeled past. The cakes are made to old family recipes and are just Iike your grandmother baked! Cinnamon Tea Cake, Passionfruit Sponge, Ginger Fluff, Jelly Cakes, Jelly Slice, Lemon Slice to name a few! Devonshire tea will also be available. (GF available) Bookings essential. Local Producers showcased: Inglenook Dairy and Creswick Eggs…

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    Ballarat Heritage Weekend Presents Coffee Exchange by Mr Black

    May 25 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    The Mining Exchange, 8 Lydiard Street North
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $25

    For one night only, you will sample carefully crafted cocktails from some of Ballarat’s best venues. Combining two of our favourite things, coffee & cocktails, brought to you by Mr Black Spirits cold brewed coffee liquor as part of Ballarat Heritage Weekend. Featuring unique concoctions from: The Lost Ones - A cold drip coffee, Mr Black Spirits spiced rum and coconut The Workshop Cafe - Cold brew coffee with tequila, and a little sweetness. They will also also offer decaf…

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    Ballarat Steam Train Rides

    May 26 @ 9:25 am - 5:00 pm
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    An event every day that begins at 9:25 am, repeating until 26 May 2019

    Ballarat Station, Lydiard Street
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
    + Google Map
    $25

    Steamrail Victoria invites you to ride our historical steam shuttles at Ballarat as part of the 2019 Ballarat Heritage Weekend. Alternatively, you can ride a transfer train from Newport to Ballarat or Ballarat to Newport. BOOK NOW - https://www.trybooking.com/BAYJP This year our steam train rides will be hauled by Y 112 and A2 986. LOCATION Newport to Ballarat Transfer, Newport Railway Station, Melbourne departing Friday 24th May 2019 at 2:00pm. Ballarat Heritage Weekend Shuttles, Ballarat Railway Station (Platform 2) departing…

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    Heritage Weekend in the Bridge Mall

    May 26 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Bridge Mall, Bridge Mall
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free

    Pop-Up Museum I Classic Cars I Devonshire Tea + MORE We're celebrating Ballarat Heritage Weekend and we'd love you to join us! If you are interested in displaying your classic car or have interesting items that could be displayed at our pop-up museum please send a message to our inbox for details on how to participate!

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    Gnarrwirring Ngitj Lecture

    May 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw St
    Golden Point, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free

    Join us for this annual National Sorry Day event held at Sovereign Hill to celebrate the Ballarat region's Aboriginal history and living culture. This year's lecture entitled "Yarning; Traditional ways of fire and water through a Wadawurrung cultural lens" will be presented by Wadawurrung traditional owners Tammy Gilson and Melinda Kennedy. They will offer teachings through the eye of their Ancestors, and lead you on a journey. While this is a free community event, please ensure you reserve your seat…

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    Food in Fashion – Farmer’s Arms Creswick | Plate Up Ballarat

    May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Farmers Arms Hotel Creswick, 31 Albert Street
    Creswick, Victoria 3363 Australia
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    $105

    Come tantalise your senses with a night of food and fashion with an exclusive collaboration between Farmers Arms Hotel Creswick and The Farmer's Wife Boutique. This is a fun event focussed on amazing food, fun and Farmers Wife Fashion shows, definitely not to be missed! Start your night with a delicious champagne cocktail and scrumptious canapes. Then sit down, be spoilt with friends and fun and be inspired by a 3-course feast, featuring local seasonal produce, including Black Cat Truffles…

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    June 2019

    Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights

    June 29 @ 10:00 am - July 21 @ 7:00 pm
    Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw St
    Golden Point, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $5 – $157.00

    All your Christmases will come at once with the return of Sovereign Hill’s Christmas in July: Winter Wonderlights, from Saturday 29 June until Sunday 21 July, 2019. During the day visitors can enjoy fun-filled pantomimes and theatre performances, join in Christmas themed arts and crafts, stock up on traditional Christmas decorations, sample our delicious, limited edition Winter Wonderlights lemon meringue drops, and try to catch the cheeky Gingerbread man. Faux snow will fall at regular intervals over the Victorian-style buildings…

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