Shining bright after being crowned winner of the Festival and Events 2021 category at the Victorian Tourism Awards recently, you can be rest assured the 2022 Ballarat Heritage Festival is in good hands. Head to this hub of rich culture and heritage, iconic landmarks and a vibrant community from 21-29 May 2022 and immerse yourself in all the celebrations over 9 days.
A festival that has been running since 2006, the organisers have it down pat. You'll find a range of free, free ticketed and ticketed events. Get all the FAQs here.
Why not kick off the event with a ride on the historical steam shuttle. Journey behind two steam locomotives or alternatively travel on a one-way day transfer from Newport to Ballarat via Werribee or an evening transfer train from Ballarat to Southern Cross via Bacchus Marsh. See the website for shuttle timetables.
The Festival website is where you'll find the full program of events that includes exhibitions, shows, music, tours, talks and the food edit. It's a time for family fun. Perhaps a calendar is the easiest way to work your itinerary out. If you're planning to stay a few days, there's accommodation recommendations here.
Highlights of the festival include the Ballarat Tweed Ride and Breard Stache. The Tweed Ride is iconic and will take you on a tour of Ballarat's historic and picturesque autumn streets in high style. Just be sure you're fit enough to ride comfortably for around 12km on mostly flat terrain. All bikes are welcome. Post ride, enjoy an afternoon of fashion, food and fun.
Guess what! You're still in time to enter the Beard & Stache Competition. Just submit your entry form by 28 May 2022 at event conclusion. There are prizes to be won. This is an annual event that celebrates all forms of facial hair and there's a category for everyone. Hosted at the iconic Hop Temple on Sat 28 May, you'll find an array of entertainment for competitors and spectators alike, including live music, craft beer and plenty of delicious food.
Speaking of food, check out the Food Edit. A new addition to this year's Ballarat Heritage Festival, The Food Edit is an exciting collection of contemporary eat and drink experiences, all with a heritage twist. Think vintage wine dinners and workshops, food of the goldfields explorations, markets, old school classic menus, and more, all showcased in iconic Ballarat buildings and locations. Choose from Back Vintage Mitchell Harris Wine and Cheese Pairing; A Dollop of Cheese and a Cheeky Gin; a Sourdough Masterclass and more. There's bound to be something that's perfect for you.
Check out the Craft Lab and discover some interesting workshops, talks, and activities. You could join a stitch basket weaving event with fibre artist Judith Bryce who works with foraged materials to create a connection with nature and the surrounding lands. Plus there's a plethora of family activities to explore. Plan ahead, organise your stay, book your tickets for paid events and prepare for a culturally exciting 9 days of events.