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A taste of Ballarat in Melbourne
Tourism organisation Visit Ballarat is bringing the best of the region to Melbourne's CBD with the Made of Ballarat Pop-Up Shop. Open from 29 March until 24 April, the store will boast an eclectic collection of locally made products, tastings and Meet the Maker events. In a bid to entice more Melburnians to visit and explore the region (a 90 minute drive north-west of central Melbourne) the Pop-Up Shop is the second phase of Made of Ballarat, the region's new artisan-focused destination campaign.
In partnership with the Victorian Government, the Made of Ballarat Pop-Up Shop will transform the everyday shopfront on Little Collins Street into a creative hub. Inspired by the workshops and studios of Ballarat's makers and artisans, the space is intended to stimulate the senses and give people a taste of what they can expect when they visit Ballarat. The Pop-Up Shop's Meet the Maker series gives guests the opportunity to meet local artisans and learn about their craft; offer tastings from Kilderkin Gin, Latta Wines, Salt Kitchen Charcuterie and more; and host Q&A sessions with Ballarat artisans from businesses such Backyard Beekeeping and Green Woodsmith.
Every component of the pop-up itself, from store tags and carry bags to concept walls and shelving, will have been hand-crafted by the artisans. There will be a variety of produce to sample, from Truffle salt and oil to bushfood spices, to fresh farmed trout. There will also be things like Saori woven and dyed clothing, one-off ceramics, jewellery, hand-forged knives and cordwainer-crafted shoes, in addition to prints and original artworks. An exciting list of events including tastings, workshops, demonstrations, and masterclasses will also be on offer: an opportunity not only to see what the experts are making but also to learn from them and try your own hand. The Made of Ballarat Pop-Up Shop promises to be an exciting and unique experience in every way.