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Celebrity chefs to headline Heritage Harvest Weekend

Visit Ballarat

06 Mar 2024

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Australian food identities Julie Goodwin, Darren Purchese and Tim Bone will take centre stage at Sovereign Hill’s Heritage Harvest Weekend this autumn.

Held over the weekend of 25-26 May, the annual festival is a celebration of autumn flavours, rustic food and traditional culinary practices with a modern twist.

Ballarat local and Good Chef Bad Chef co-host Tim Bone

Goodwin (inaugural MasterChef Australia winner), Purchese (The Great Australian Bake Off host) and Bone (Good Chef Bad Chef co-host) will present free cooking demonstrations plus Q&A sessions with Herald Sun food and wine editor Kara Monssen.

Other highlights will include:

  • the Harvest Market Village showcasing more than 30 producers and artisans
  • traditional craft and cooking demonstrations along Sovereign Hill’s Main Street
  • cooking and craft sessions hosted by the Country Women’s Association
  • special kids’ activities

Sovereign Hill favourites like gold panning, coach rides, candle dipping, rare trades demonstrations and more will round out the weekend’s program.

Heritage Harvest Weekend at Sovereign Hill

“Heritage Harvest Weekend is inspired by the many people and nationalities that came to the goldfields and brought their traditions and cultures with them,” Sovereign Hill CEO Sara Quon said.

“It’s the perfect way to pay tribute to our rich culinary history while enjoying some of the best regional produce today.”

Heritage Harvest Weekend is being presented as part of the Ballarat Heritage Festival (17-26 May).

Entry is included in the standard Sovereign Hill ticket.

The full event program is available online at

Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.