FOOD, MUSIC, DANCE & MURALS

With Easter approaching fast, there’s lots to see and do. Firstly a few last minute ideas for this weekend, and then a few events for future.

A BALLARAT BRUNCH
Webster’s Market and Café in Ballarat is well worth the time. They serve a delicious brunch from breakfast through lunchtime, share plates (as shown above), cakes, and coffee in a variety of ways, from a classic coffee artfully presented through to brews you can pour and mix yourself. Open seven days. www.webstersmarketandcafe.com/

AN EYE FOR DETAIL
A new exhibition of the art and sketchbooks of Eugene Von Guérard is opening at the Ballarat Art Gallery this weekend. Known for his beautifully detailed painting of colonial Victoria and the Goldfields, this free exhibition gives visitors a chance to see the development of some of his most well-known paintings, from original sketches to finished artwork. 24 March to 27 May. https://artgalleryofballarat.com.au/

MUSIC AND MURALS IN HORSHAM
This weekend is the 11th annual Horsham Country Music Festival. With returning talent including Kiara Rodrigues and lots of new and upcoming acts, there’s plenty of entertainment! You can also investigate the wonderful Silo Trail, a series of enormous murals painted on disused grain silos. It’s only a short drive to the nearest two, but if you can spare the time, see them all! March 22 – 25. http://horshamcountrymusic.com.au/

SCULPTURE AND GARDENS
This weekend is the opening of the Autumn Open Garden and Sculpture Exhibition at Mica Grange, featuring beautiful sculptural artworks set in a glorious garden. The garden will be open every weekend from 24 March to 22 April, as well as Easter Monday. www.micagrange.com/

MUSIC MATTERS
Musical Journeys from ASRC Footscray is returning to Bendigo with an exciting, vibrant musical performance. Entry by donation, with money raised helping refugees. Learn some Ethiopian dance moves! At The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, Saturday 24 March 6pm. www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/

EASTER IN BENDIGO
The Bendigo Easter Festival has so many events to see and do – live music every day over the weekend, a parade, a radical urban circus 360 All Stars, the Easter Book Fair, cultural events, silent disco tours, egg hunts for kids, and plenty more! 30 March to 2 April. www.bendigoeasterfestival.org.au/

FIRST CLASS IN CASTLEMAINE
If you’d like to do something different this Easter, why not try the Good Friday Wine and Cheese Twilight Train? Travel in style on a steam train, while being treated with a delicious cheese platter for two, and a selection of wine, beer and cider are available for purchase. To add to the experience, the two carriages are Edwardian or Art Deco in style. 30 March. www.vgr.com.au/wine_cheese

SWORDFIGHTING AND A FEAST
Kryal Castle is holding a special event for the first week of April: the Swordcraft Autumn Quest. The event runs for a whole week, and you can come along and see the swordfighting, and see all the activities, market stalls, displays, questing and battles. Kryal Castle are also hosting a School Holidays Medieval Feast on 7 & 14 April.   www.kryalcastle.com.au/

UNLOCK COHUNA
The Cohuna Unlocked Festival invites locals and visitors to explore the beautiful creekside town. The three-day festival has events throughout the weekend, starting with Friday Night Unlocked, on Saturday the Keys to Cohuna Challenge, and Sunday includes the Market on the Move, with several farms opening their gates to visitors and selling local produce, arts and crafts. As the locals say, “get your backside creekside!” 6 – 8 April. http://cohuna.org.au/events.html

ART AROUND KYNETON
The inaugural Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial is on in April. The theme is Force Fields, and the work will be exhibited across Kyneton in unusual locations such as an empty shop, a huge empty factory, a garden, the train station and many more! April 14 – 22. http://kynetoncontemporary.com/

DANCING BIG
Castlemaine is hosting a Big Dance event, one of the largest free dance celebrations in the world. One of only four locations in Australia – along with Sydney, Melbourne and Lilydale. Anyone can take part, and they have online dance tutorials or workshops you can attend – all for free. International Dance Day is Sunday 29 April. https://www.bigdance.org.au/

WINE AND MORE
The Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival is approaching. Celebrate the end of harvest with regional winemakers by sampling all the handcrafted vintages and styles of local wine. Regional street foodies will be selling a range of cuisine, with live music from The Northern Folk and Erica Hawkey. 28 April. http://www.bendigowine.org.au/events

MARKETS THIS WEEKEND
It’s the fourth weekend of the month so the markets are few, but we’ve found some for you!
Saturday

Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine
Lancefield Farmers Market
Sunday
Daylesford Market
Station Domain Market, Maryborough
Carisbrook Town Hall Market