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    October 2019

    Ballarat Events - Creswick Market

    Creswick Farmers Market

    October 19 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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    An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until 29 February 2020

    Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, 19-21 Victoria Street
    Creswick, Vic 3363 Australia
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    Located in the picturesque and historic township of Creswick, just 20 minutes to either Ballarat or Daylesford. The Creswick Market is open 9am till 1pm, on the third Saturday of every month. The market is a great day out for the whole family – Bring the kids and your four-footed friends – you’re all welcome. Free live music and over 90 specialist boutique sites, offering a variety of unique locally made goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made…

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    Ballarat Community Garden Working Bee

    October 19 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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    An event every month that begins at 9:30 am on day Third of the month, repeating indefinitely

    Ballarat Community Garden, Cnr Queen Street & Dytes Parade
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free
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    Members and friends of the garden we need you! Come and help keep the garden in shape at our friendly bee and share a cuppa and some morning tea! Look forward to seeing you there.

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    Pasta, music, songs and lunch with three Italians!

    October 19 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    ORTO, 100 Allisons Rd
    Blampied, 3364 Australia
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    $195

    This is a very unique and special event. Roberta Ingrosso, Salvatore Rossano and I will be hosting an orecchiette and pasta alla chitarra class at ORTO Farm. Roberta and Salvatore are Pugliesi and I am from Le Marche. We love our culture and our language, our songs and our culinary dishes. Roberta will teach you to make the really fabulous orecchiette (ear lobed) shaped pasta and pasta alla chitarra (guitar pasta) using la chitarra tool. Salvatore will sing, sing, sing.…

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    Talbot Farmers Market

    October 20 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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    An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until 31 January 2021

    Heritage Precinct, Scandinavian Crescent & Camp Street
    Talbot, Victoria 3371 Australia
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    Free
    Ballarat Events - Talbot Farmers Market

    On the third Sunday of every month the tiny town of Talbot comes alive as thousands of visitors enjoy the vibrant village atmosphere of the Talbot Farmers Market. Explore the stall lined streets displaying an impressive range of seasonal fruit and organic vegetables, local artisan cheese, fresh bread, local wine, gourmet oils, delicious delicacies and more.  In true country farmers’ market style you will also chickens, stockfeed, cut flowers, plants and seedlings. An  ATM is available in Talbot, inside the…

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    Smythesdale Arts and Music Fiesta

    October 20 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Smythesdale Arts and Music Fiesta Smythesdale, Victoria 3350 Australia + Google Map
    Free
    Smythesdale Arts and Music Fiesta

    Arts, Music, Poetry, workshops and market stalls for the whole community.

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    Bottomless Brunch #8

    October 20 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Moon and Mountain, 220 Mair St
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $55
    Bottomless Brunch 8

    Make the most (or least) of your Sunday at Moon & Mountain with our Bottomless Brunch Includes M&M Signature Yum Cha style lunch range and our infamous cocktail jugs Minimum party of 4 people - security deposit of $10pp must be taken at time of booking (deposit is non-refundable) ** DIETARY REQUIREMENTS MUST BE FINALIZED 72 HRS PRIOR TO EVENT / DIETARY REQUIREMENTS CAN NOT BE CHANGED ON THE DAY ** Phone bookings only House etiquette and RSA apply

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    Lola Gin Launch

    October 20 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Lola Ballarat, 121 Lydiard Street
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $95
    Gin Lunch

    'Lola burst in, danced on a table and drenched the Duke in soup. The Duke really needed a bold gin after that, and some more Lola' Join us at Lola restaurant, at our award-winning boutique hotel, The Provincial Ballarat, for the launch of our Lola gin, a collaboration with local award-winning distillery Kilderkin. SUNDAY 20TH OCTOBER 3 COURSE LUNCH with matching gins 1230-430pm $95 per person Bookings via our website or call our friendly staff on 03 5331 3399

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    COOKING BASICS FOR FAMILIES

    October 23 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until 20 December 2019

    Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre, 12-14 Violet Grove
    Wendouree, Victoria 3355 Australia
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    $8.00

    Trying to feed a family healthy food on a budget can be difficult. Join this course to learn how to cook easy, healthy meals the kids will love. Each session you will cook a meal to take home. Length: 2.5 hrs weekly for 2 Terms Cost: $8 per weekly 2.5 hr session

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    Cooking Basics

    October 24 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Thursday, repeating until 20 December 2019

    Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre, 12-14 Violet Grove
    Wendouree, Victoria 3355 Australia
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    $50.00

    Learn basic cooking skills and how to plan and prepare healthy meals on a budget. Each session you will cook simple, delicious food to enjoy as a group. Length: 2.5 hrs weekly for 2 School Terms with a break over the School Holidays Starting: Thursday, 1st August 9:30am to 12:00pm Cost: $50 per Term

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    2019 Brown Hill Community Festival

    October 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Brown Hill Recreation Reserve, 377 Humffray Street North
    Brown Hill, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free

    Come and join the Brown Hill community for the fourth Brown Hill Community Festival! Well-established on the Brown Hill calendar, this family-friendly event brings together people from across Brown Hill to celebrate our wonderful suburb and welcoming community. Local children will sing and there will be performances by Sing Australia, the Ballarat Highland Dancers and the Federation University Pipe Band. Being a Children's Week event, the festival will include lots of activities for kids, run by AFL Goldfields, the Western…

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    Beaufort Town Market

    October 26 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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    4th Satuday of every month
    Beaufort Memorial Park,, Cnr Havelock and Livingstone Streets
    Beaufort, Victoria 3373 Australia
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    A new country town market, that will feature artisan produce, speciality foods, wine, fresh produce, arts, crafts, hand made gifts, collectibles, children's activities, old fashioned board games, pop up Devonshire tea room, DIY workshops, entertainment, food trucks, 4th Saturday of every month, 8am to 1pm at the Memorial Garden in the heart of Beaufort.

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    Brown Hill Market

    October 26 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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    An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day Fourth of the month, repeating until 28 November 2020

    375 Humffray Street North, 375 Humffray Street North
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    The market features fresh vegetables, including certified-organic, fruit, plants (including natives, edibles & succulents), bread, olive oil, cheese, jams, chutneys & sauces, coffee van, wide range of hot food cooked on the spot, clothing, fudge, gifts, health bars, eggs, honey, a massive range of dry goods (flours, grains, pulses, dried fruit, herbs, herbal teas, nuts & much more), wine, salami, donuts, mushrooms, eco-homewares, Cornish pasties, fresh ground coffee, yummy biscuits, hand-made jewellery, knife sharpening and much more... there really is…

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    Swap-It (Creswick Produce Swap)

    October 26 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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    An event every month that begins at 9:30 am on day Fourth of the month, repeating indefinitely

    Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, 19-21 Victoria Street
    Creswick, Vic 3363 Australia
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    Free
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    Homemade &​ Homegrown Food, Produce, Seeds & Skills to Swap & Share. No money changes hands. Bring your figs and take home some jam, swap your worm juice for a pumpkin, an hour of mowing for some sewing…. Norm's world famous wood fired pizza will be on offer & tea/ coffee by donation. A great social morning. All welcome at rear Creswick Neighbourhood Centre – co-hosted with Creswick Community Garden. If you don't have something to swap, just bring an…

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    Fright Night & Haunted Maze

    October 26 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    The Cabaret Club, 4/9367 Western Highway
    Warrenheip, Victoria 3352 Australia
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    $27

    Join us for the Spookiest, Kookiest and Scariest Fright-Night ever! Featuring a galaxy of stars performing a huge variety show, including a haunted walk-through maze! Prepare to shudder in your seat and expect the unexpected from SAMORA SQUID who consistently thrills audiences with his unique blend of contortion, sword-swallowing, characterisation and music. Vocal adventurer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist MAL WEBB is sure to twist your brain into several knots. Be astounded by the daring and barely polished knife throwing skills of…

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    Buninyong Festival

    October 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    De Soza Park, Warrenheip Street
    Buninyong, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free

    The Buninyong Festival is a celebration of the local community, of its diversity, interests, passions, ideas, and the expression of the ‘Good Life’.

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    Buninyong Festival

    October 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Buninyong Buninyong, 3357 + Google Map
    Free
    Buninyong Festival 2019

    The Buninyong Festival is a biennial event featuring in the Springtime in Buninyong weekend. It is a free community-focused event held biennially in late October - located in the gorgeous village of Buninyong, just 11 kms south of Ballarat. It is a free family-friendly day out celebrating our local community. ​ It's a safe, fun and exciting day for the whole family with music, amusement rides, animal farm, stalls, food trucks and local community group information stalls, with thousands of…

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    Zagame’s Ballarat Halloween Party

    October 28 @ 5:30 pm - October 31 @ 9:30 pm
    Zagames, 639 Main Road
    Golden Point, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free

    Book for dinner and come dressed for Halloween. Kid's entertainment with Ben James the Magician, Max the Balloon Artist, Free Face Painting and Prizes. Ph: 5333 5955

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    COOKING BASICS FOR FAMILIES

    October 30 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until 20 December 2019

    Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre, 12-14 Violet Grove
    Wendouree, Victoria 3355 Australia
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    $8.00

    Trying to feed a family healthy food on a budget can be difficult. Join this course to learn how to cook easy, healthy meals the kids will love. Each session you will cook a meal to take home. Length: 2.5 hrs weekly for 2 Terms Cost: $8 per weekly 2.5 hr session

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    Cooking Basics

    October 31 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Thursday, repeating until 20 December 2019

    Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre, 12-14 Violet Grove
    Wendouree, Victoria 3355 Australia
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    $50.00

    Learn basic cooking skills and how to plan and prepare healthy meals on a budget. Each session you will cook simple, delicious food to enjoy as a group. Length: 2.5 hrs weekly for 2 School Terms with a break over the School Holidays Starting: Thursday, 1st August 9:30am to 12:00pm Cost: $50 per Term

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    Ballarat Arts Alive AGM & Soiree

    October 31 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
    The Printers Room, 58-60 Lydiard Street Nth
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    Free

    The Committee of Management of Ballarat Arts Alive advises that the Annual General Meeting will be held on October 31 at the Printers Room, underneath Sebastiaans restaurant, 60 Lydiard Street North starting at 6pm. Entrance via Mair Street under the arch of lights. Hear the CEO of the City of Ballarat, Justine Linley and the Creative City Coordinator, Tara Poole, speak on the Arts and Ballarat. The positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and General Committee Members will be…

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