Ballarat’s cafes and restaurants will put their best toasties forward this May as part of Plate Up Ballarat.
The inaugural Toast of Ballarat will be a melting pot of flavours and creative combinations, transforming the humble toasted sandwich into a taste sensation.
Keep your eyes peeled for the special toastie mascot, flags and signature toastie wraps, exclusively designed by Ballarat street artist Travis Price.
1816 (18 Armstrong St, Ballarat)
Cheese & Briskets
Cape Grim brisket smoked by local Rebellion Barbecue with American cheddar and in-house thick cut signature sourdough.
Craig’s Royal Hotel (10 Lydiard St Sth, Ballarat)
Craig’s Mushroom Club featuring The Mushroom Collection produce.
Drive Cafe (227 Grant St, Ballarat)
DRIVE me Philly
This version of the Philly Cheesesteak Toastie is gooey and delightfully messy. A great combo of thinly sliced beef, mushrooms, onions and lots of cheese served in a toasted roll.
Eclectic Tastes (2 Burnbank St, Lake Wendouree)
A traditional French cafe gourmet toasted ham and cheese sandwich filled with delicious bechamel sauce. Country Style Smallgoods, Elm Grove Farm Pasture Eggs, Inglenook Dairy.
Fika (36A Doveton St Nth, Ballarat)
Ragu with Salt Kitchen pork, John Harbour beef, buffalo mozzarella, basil, and parmagiano reggiano.
Freight Bar & Restaurant (49 Mair St, Ballarat)
The Smokin Mexican
Smoked beef shin and beer bean chilli with housemade queso fresco. Served with cheesey corn chips and pickled jalapenos.
Golden City Hotel (427 Sturt St, Ballarat)
The Classic Reuben
Using locally-sourced Sinclair Meats corned beef, swiss cheese and sauerkraut, grilled between slices of organic Basilio Sourdough.
Hop Temple (24-28 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat)
Mac n Cheese Toastie
Hop Temple’s signature Mac n Cheese pumped up between two pieces of locally-made white bread, garlic and Black Cat truffle oil.
Kittelty’s (40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat)
The Lemon Almond Chicken Toastie
Free range chicken, toasted almonds, lemon and caper toastie on Basilio Sourdough.
Little Bird (205 Sturt St, Ballarat)
Eggplant Parmigiana Toastie
Rich tomato sugo, mozzarella and fresh basil with grated parmesan on one side and crispy jamon on the other. Local produce: Yendon Tomatoes, Salt Kitchen Charcuterie.
Loreto College (1600 Sturt St, Ballarat)
Loreto College VCAL students will create their signature toastie and sell it from their retro caravan, The Hunter. Those keen to unravel the mystery can come and be amazed by this mouth-watering treat!
Olive Grove Delicatessen (1303 Sturt St, Ballarat)
White anchovies, micro radish and dill, pecorino pepato and Ballarat-made St George cheese.
PWTN (331 Mair St, Ballarat)
Tuki Corned Beef Toastie
La Madre sourdough bread, Goldfields Farmhouse cheese melt, Millbrook Free Range poached egg, served with sweet potato chips.
RACV Goldfields Resort (1500 Midland Hwy, Creswick)
In-house cured shaved porchetta, St George cheese, sauted spinach, local forest mushroom “milk cup” in a sourdough bread.
Talbot Provedore & Eatery (42 Scandinavian Cres, Talbot)
Rachel’s Toastie & Rosé
A variation on the classic Reuben, showcasing pastrami made in-house with Sage Farm grass-fed beef. A toastie with a grown-up twist, pair it with a glass of Amherst Rachel’s Rosé.
The Forge Pizzeria, (14 Armstrong St, Ballarat)
The Lamb Handful
Slow-cooked local Victorian lamb ragu with Meredith Goat Cheese served on bread by new local bakery 1816.
The Healthy Hub (100 Bridge Mall, Ballarat)
Miso Mushroom Toastie
Sautéed garlic mushrooms, caramelised onion, garden herbs and zingy miso aioli.
The Hydrant (3 McKenzie St, Ballarat)
Mozzarella in Carrozza
Golden-crusted fried mozzarella and anchovies sandwich in housemade bread using Ballarat Brew House yeast.
The Local Cafe (313 Lydiard St, Ballarat)
Rhubarb Crumble Jaffle
Jaffle-style french toast with rosewater and homegrown rhubarb crumble filling.
The Red Lion (221-229 Main Rd, Ballarat)
The Brisket Mac
Smoked brisket toastie combined with tasty mac and cheese.
The Turret (802 Sturt St, Ballarat)
Locally-made sourdough, Salt Kitchen Charcuterie pastrami, Meredith Goat Cheese, roasted pumpkin, baby spinach and relish.
The Workshop Cafe (124 Albert St, Ballarat)
Ultimate Ham, Cheese & Tomato Toastie
Istra Ham, three cheeses, umami roasted tomatoes and fresh basil on rye sourdough.
Winner Winner (32 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat)
Ultimate Crispy Fried Chicken Toastie using Basilio Sourdough bread.