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7 things to do at Sovereign Hill’s new foodie festival

Visit Ballarat

10 May 2022

Filed underFood & Drink

Embark on an autumn foodie adventure at Sovereign Hill’s Heritage Harvest Weekend this 28-29 May.

Part of the Ballarat Heritage Festival, the new two-day event will showcase age-old techniques for growing and preserving seasonal food which were brought to Australia by diggers during the gold rush.

From 10am to 5pm each day, explore Sovereign Hill‘s iconic setting and immerse yourself in the practices of fermenting, drying, salting, curing, pickling and distilling through a series of pop-up food and market stalls, events, demonstrations, masterclasses, workshops and hands-on activities.

Heritage Harvest Weekend tickets start from $39 adult, $20 child and $99 for a family of four.

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Masterclass events must be booked separately.

Click here for the full event program

Sovereign Hill’s Heritage Harvest Market

1. Heritage Harvest Market

Wander rows of stalls and meet regional producers selling artisan products and wares that celebrate growing and preserving food. Think everyone from basket-makers to picklers.

2. Demonstrations and workshops

Award-winning chefs Jo Barrett (Future Food System), Jung Eun Chae (CHAE restaurant) and Derek Boath (from Ballarat’s Underbar) will take over Victoria Theatre for the Creative Exchange session – a series of cooking demos showcasing modern ways of using age-old food techniques.

The interactive session will be hosted by Gemima Cody, The Age‘s former chief restaurant critic.

You can also delight in a series of demonstrations by Sovereign Hill experts, from blacksmithing to wheel-making, cheese-making to butter-making.

Secret Life of Bees masterclass

3. Masterclasses

Discover how to start a backyard bee colony at the Secret Life of Bees masterclass or join Mick Nunn from Salt Kitchen Charcuterie to explore the wide and varied world of French terrines and pates. Bookings essential.

4. Botanical Bar

Cosy up amongst wine barrels and citrus trees to enjoy sips from some of the region’s finest distillers – Kilderkin Distillery and Mrs Baker’s Still House.

Kids can plant their own veggies at Little Explorers

5. Little Explorers

A space for kids (young and old) to get their hands dirty! Plant your own veggies, learn how to pickle, delve into the fizzy world of soda-making, find your way through the hay bale maze, and get up close with baby goats and ducklings, lambs and rabbits at the animal farm.

6. Chinese Village

Encounter the intoxicating smell of dumplings, noodles and aromatic Chinese herbs in the air, all while enjoying the sounds of traditional Chinese dancing.

Sovereign Hill’s diggings

7. Diggings

Partake in authentic damper making over an open fire before digging into a hearty bowl of bush stew.


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.