FOOD, MUSIC, ART & COLOURS

As the weather cools, there’s more to do – we’ve found some great events around the region to send your way.

LAST MINUTE MUSIC & FOOD
Paige & The Vinleys perform as a part of Ballarat Backyard Tasters (as shown in the food photo above!) in Alfred Deakin Place tomorrow evening. Free community event. Get some great food and check out the fantastic live music! 6pm – 9pm February 23 with Paige & The Vinleys 7pm – 8pm. www.facebook.com/

HOME WITH STELLA SAVY
Stella Savy’s original music is a blend of funk, soul, reggae and ska, influenced by her Seychelle Island heritage. She will be launching her new EP at The Lost Ones Basement Bar in Ballarat tomorrow evening – book online or buy your ticket at the door. 8.30pm 23 February. www.thelostones.com.au/

HORSES AND ARCHERS
To see a number of talented horses and riders demonstrating their skills, Ballarat’s Kryal Castle will be holding a Horse Archery Competition on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February. www.kryalcastle.com.au/

PRESERVING CRESWICK NO LONGER
Preserving Creswick is sadly no longer a café but will be open the third Saturday of the month only to sell coffees and vintage furniture. If you see the sign out, drop in for a coffee and take a look at what’s on show. www.facebook.com/Preserving-Creswick

MUSIC IN THE MACEDON RANGES
Macedon Ranges Music Festival is on Saturday 3 March, with a great lineup and all profits going to support Cambodian Kids Foundation. Gisborne Steam Park from 12pm to 10pm. www.macedonrangesmusicfestival.org/

CELEBRATING SCOTLAND
Head to Bendigo Saturday 3 March for Scots Day Out. Enjoy the live pipe bands and dancers, clans, try haggis and whiskey and have some sweet Scottish treats. www.scotsdayout.com/

BEGONIAS IN BALLARAT
The Begonia Festival is back on the long weekend, with a big program of events. Celebrating 66 years, the festival features flowers, food and live performances. 10 – 12 March. www.ballaratbegoniafestival.com/

RAINBOW PRIDE
ChillOut Festival in Daylesford turns 21 this year. Featuring a variety of events, celebrate Queer Country Pride in the heart of the Hepburn Shire on the long weekend in March. 8 – 12 March. www.chilloutfestival.com.au/

BLISS AT KEEBLES
Blissout after ChillOut in the garden at Keebles Country House. With music, drinks at bar prices and general silliness. Sunday 11 March from 3pm. www.facebook.com/

A SHOW IN CLUNES
Quigley & Clarke Café and Restaurant in Clunes is hosting a great show with the Beez from Berlin performing live on the long weekend! Choose between a 3-course dinner and a show or a drink and standing only. Make sure you book ahead! Sunday 11 March from 6.30pm. www.facebook.com/quiqleyandclarke/

OPERA UNDER THE STARS
Keebles Country House in Clunes is hosting a special event the long weekend in March – Opera Under the Stars, with opera and musical theatre highlights performed live by three stars of Opera Australia: Carrie Barr, Paul Hughes and Caroline Vercoe. 10 March at 6.30pm. Tickets at Bread & Circus in Clunes or at www.trybooking.com/

LOST TRADES FAIR
The Lost Trades Fair is back for the March long weekend, with all manner of wonderful handmade instruments, clothing, utensils, bags, toys and other goods, and of course plenty of handmade food! 10 & 11 March. www.losttrades.info/

ARTS OPEN 2018
Arts Open is a fantastic event taking place over two weekends, where artists in the Mount Alexander Shire will be opening their doors. A biennial event, 2018 is the 4th Arts Open, with over 90 professional artists and craftspeople showing their work. March 10 – 12 & March 17 – 18. www.artsopen.com.au/

TO MARKET
Markets for this weekend – find yourself something special, or get some tasty food.

Saturday
Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine

Sunday
Daylesford Market
Station Domain Market, Maryborough

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