FOOD, ROCKABILLY & SHAKESPEARE

We’ve got some great finds for you all this week, ranging through food and music, rockabilly, Shakespeare, and markets galore!

QUIGLEY & CLARKE – CLUNES
Making a name for themselves as a dining destination. Having earned two Golden Plate Awards, they have a great selection of food and are known for their spectacular vegetarian dishes. Open Thursday to Monday for breakfast and lunch with dinner Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays. Try bottomless brunch Thursdays, which include a glass of sparkling, petit fours and a select menu. www.quigleyclarke.com/

THE BARD IN BUNINYONG
Starting tomorrow, the Buninyong Botanic Gardens near Ballarat will be hosting a joyous 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, a comedy with love, laughs, singing, dancing, sheep herding and wrestling. Bring a picnic! Book at trybooking.com or purchase tickets at the gate! 9 February to 18 February. www.facebook.com/ArtsBuninyong/

ROCKIN’ AND ROLLIN’
This weekend is the iconic Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival in Ballarat, a street party on Lydiard Street between Mair and Sturt complete with merchants, live music, and hot rods. Thursday 5pm to Sunday 5pm. www.ballaratbeat.com.au

MARKET CENTRAL IN CLUNES
Clunes is market central on Sunday February 11, with three markets and fairs taking place around the town. Keebles Summer Fair features food, wine, coffee, artists and artisans from 11am – 4pm, the Clunes Farmers Market in Fraser Street from 9am – 1pm and the Clunes Makers Market Summer Fair at Queens Park from 9.30am – 3.30pm.

SUMMER MUSIC
The Four Seasons Fine Music Festival is back after a stellar first year. The first two events will take place at St. John’s Anglican Church in Creswick, with a concert for lute and tenor with Rosemary Hodgson and Robert MacFarlane on Saturday 17th, and Trillo on Sunday 18th February. www.facebook.com/

A MALDON FAIR
Maldon is known for its beautiful historical buildings, making it the perfect venue for the Maldon Antique & Collectables Fair. The football ground location gives them the perfect venue to showcase the kilometre and a half of stalls! Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February. www.facebook.com/maldoncollectables/

BUTTERFLIES, FOOD AND FLOWERS
At ASQ Skydancers Garden Gift and Café, you can visit butterflies, have some lunch, and get 20% off all plants for the rest of the month. It’s a great day out! www.asq.net.au/

CHINESE NEW YEAR IN BENDIGO
Celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Bendigo. No matter your country, religion or race, New Year’s Day is a time for family reunions, gatherings and reflection. Join the celebration at the Dai Gum San Precinct from 6pm on Saturday February 17. www.bendigotourism.com/

YEAR OF THE DOG IN BALLARAT
Welcome the Chinese New Year at Sovereign Hill with lions, drums and a traditional ceremony in the Chinese Temple on February 18. With a range of special activities at Sovereign Hill and the Gold Museum on 18 & 25 February. www.sovereignhill.com.au/

TO MARKET
There’s markets galore this weekend, with plenty to visit.

Saturday
Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine
Kyneton Community Market
Ballan Farmers Market
Ballarat Farmers Market, Lake Wendouree
Sunday
Daylesford Market
Clunes Farmers Market
Dunolly Community Market