For one fabulous day, Ballarat will be re-named "Beerllarat" for the unmissable annual beer event, the Ballarat Beer Festival. The festival will be held on Saturday 19 January 2019 from 11am to 8pm for a "beery" good day out.
This year's theme, the Garden Edition celebrates the move of the festival to a beautiful brand new location in the Northern Gardens by the stunning Lake Wendouree. It's a time to celebrate the very best of craft beer and their magical makers with beer education classes, blind tastings, trivia games, the popular brewers sack race and plenty more to keep you entertained.
With over 150 different brews from all across Australia, as well as many award-winning regional wines, you'll be sure to find a few new favourites as you sip your way around. Click here to check out some of the brewers that will be at the festival.
The beautiful lakeside location provides plenty of shade from the summer heat, making it a fabulous place to head to with family and friends and enjoy the action. Even your well-behaved furbabies, on leads, are welcome.
Plenty of fresh water will be available for your furbabies
A diverse line up of local and Australian bands will be entertaining you throughout the day, while over on the north side of the gardens, resident DJs will be pumping out tunes that will have you up on your feet and dancing.
There will be a great selection of street food options available over at the Hawkers Food Garden. With choices from burgers to Indian, Greek, seafood, pizza and heaps more, you'll find plenty to tempt the taste buds and to pair with your favourite brew.
If beer is not your cup of tea, then local wineries will be on hand serving up glasses of a variety of wines and wine cocktails. There will, of course, be plenty of non-alcoholic drink options available also.
Other great beer events will also be on as part of the festival. Why not give Beer Yoga a go over at The Healthy Hub Café and Wellness Centre? Yep, Beer and Yoga a match made in heaven and a challenge to ensure that you don't spill a drop of the golden ale. Beer Yoga is included in your festival ticket.
Returning to this year's festival are Beer Diva and Professor Pilsner ready to take you on a journey through the universe of beer. Take part in a beer education sessions where you can meet the local brewers and learn everything you need to know about beer goodness.
Fancy yourself as a bit of a master brewer? Put your golden drop to the test in the Great Homebrew Summer Slam and maybe be crowned Ballarat's greatest homebrewer. You'll be the toast of the town. Register before Friday 4 January 2019 by filling out the official entry form. Please note that entry is only open to Ballarat regional residents.
General Admission tickets including festival entry, official tasting glass and lanyard and access to all events and activities are $48 (plus booking fee). Entry for teens aged 15 to 17 are $20 (plus booking fee) and include entry and a tasting glass for non-alcoholic use only. Kids 14 and under are free (no ticket required). All children under 18 years old MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Click here to purchase tickets online and for details of other ticket options.
Ballarat is located 115 km northwest of Melbourne, approx. 1.5 hours drive along the M8. Signs throughout the town will direct you to Lake Wendouree and you'll find the festival on the far Western side opposite the botanical gardens.
You can also get there by train with frequent trains from Southern Cross Station to Wendouree station. The gardens are about a ten-minute walk from the station or jump on the tram. There will also be a free shuttle bus running between Ballarat train station to Lake Wendouree from 10.30 am to 2pm and from 7 to 9pm.