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Meet the makers

While gold reached legendary status long ago, an uncertain something lives on in the people and produce of today. 

Something born out of that same magical soil; a depth, a richness, an indefinable character. Welcome to Ballarat, there’s still so much to be discovered, just below the surface.

Discover what Ballarat is made of.

Meet Ballarat’s Dr Beer

With a PHD in Biochemistry, a Diploma of Brewing and Distilling, and a CV as long as your arm with previous jobs titles like beer judge, brewing and distilling trainer and research laboratory technician, you can see why Peter has been named Ballarat’s Dr Beer.

Read his story

Articles

Natural wines with next generation winemaker, Owen Latta

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Since returning to the family vineyard, Eastern Peake, 2018 Young Winemaker of the Year Owen Latta has challenged the status-quo to make natural wines that are making...

Setting a New York standard in the Ballarat culinary scene

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One chef. Twelve seats. More courses than you can count. Friday and Saturday night only. Booking months in advance.  This is Ballarat’s most progressive hatted...

Unearthing a rich tapestry of wine styles with Mitchell Harris

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Ballarat’s cooler winter temperatures and dry summers often get a bad rap, but add to this the many diverse microclimates and soil types of Western...

From pond to pan, paddock to plate

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The age-old practice of hunting and gathering is at the heart of Smeaton’s Tuki Trout Farm.  Robert Jones likens his role at Tuki Trout Farm to a “form of...

Raising the bar in Buninyong

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Dining at The Shared Table is anything but conventional. And it’s this unconventional, yet surprising approach, that has elevated the dining experience at one of...

Faces of Ballarat

Faces of Ballarat

We respect the wisdom and craftsmanship of what’s gone before and we are the keepers and sharers of these stories.

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The baker behind 1816 Bakehouse

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The gluten free brewer: John O’Brien

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The chocolate maker: Lucky & James

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The sweet maker: Vegas and Rose

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The coffee roaster: Karon Farm Coffee

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The dairy farmers: Inglenook Dairy

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The honey makers: Enbom Honeys

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The pasta master – Chef Dona

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Keeping up with the Joneses

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The man behind the flowers

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A passion for pastry to rival the french

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The meat maker

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The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.