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New food focus for Ballarat Heritage Festival

Visit Ballarat

20 Apr 2022

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An exciting new series of food masterclasses, workshops and events will headline the 2022 Ballarat Heritage Festival.

With Ballarat’s stunning Victorian architecture as the backdrop, the 21-29 May festival will highlight the city’s golden past while showcasing its glittering present and promising future.  

The Food Edit is a host of culinary activities culminating in the Heritage Harvest Weekend at Sovereign Hill on 28-29 May. 

Experience fabulous dining at venues throughout the city, from an intimate cocktail event at Johnny Alloo and wine and cheese workshops at Mitchell Harris Wines to a gin and cheese pairing masterclass at Kilderkin Distillery and much more.

You can now check out the full festival program online and begin booking your unique experiences.  

Ballarat Tweed Ride

Don’t miss these iconic Ballarat Heritage Festival events

Ballarat Tweed Ride
Saturday 21 May  

With a route taking riders through Ballarat’s historic and picturesque autumn streets, Ballarat Tweed Ride is a casual event of cycling, fashion and fun.

Celebrating 10 years of the ride, participants are encouraged to dress in vintage and heritage‐inspired outfits of tweeds, velvets, capes and kilts to commemorate this milestone.  

Ballarat Beard and Stache Competition

Ballarat Beard and Stache Competition
Saturday 28 May  

The annual Ballarat Beard and Stache Competition honours hirsuteness in all its forms.

With more than $1000 in prizes across varied facial hair categories, there is also a Just for Fun section for men, women and children who want to get creative.

To be held at Hop Temple, this event promises good food, good beer and even better beards.  

Craft Lab 22
Saturday 21 May – Sunday 22 May
Saturday 28 May – Sunday 29 May  

This two‐weekend event showcases heritage trades, fine arts, traditional practices, cultural rituals, lost skills and contemporary practice combined.

Meet makers and crafters eager to share their skills in weaving, cremains, natural dyeing, knife-making, silverwork, musical instrument crafting, upholstery and traditional First Nations crafts.

Workshops with local practitioners are scheduled throughout the week.   

Steam train shuttles

Steam train shuttles
Saturday 28 May – Sunday 29 May  

From the Ballarat Train Station, Steamrail Victoria will be operating two vintage steam locomotives.

The route will head off up the hill towards Melbourne, before branching onto the old line towards Geelong for a scenic return ride towards the town of Lal Lal.

From there, the second locomotive will take over to complete the one‐hour return journey back to the station.

Passengers can soak up the atmosphere, experiencing ‘old‐school’ air‐con with the windows open in heritage wooden carriages dating back to 1906.  

Self-guided digital heritage tours

Self‐guided digital heritage tours

Self‐guided augmented reality walks via a QR code will encourage visitors to explore 10 of Ballarat’s most fascinating historical landmarks.

Best done with an accompanying audio tour, the tour experience includes compelling stories from various perspectives and quirky facts about each location.  

For more information about the festival, visit 

Main image – The Shared Table is just one of The Food Edit’s iconic locations. Image: Matt Ray


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.