APPLES, AUSTEN & THE JOY OF SORROWS

Check out some events on offer this weekend and beyond, with tasty food, music, dancing, gardens, exhibitions, markets and plenty more!

COFFEE CENTRAL
Brewhouse Coffee Roasters is a specialty coffee roaster in Bendigo, so not only can you buy a bag of coffee beans to take home – whole or freshly ground – you can also stay in and have a coffee and a meal. www.brewhouseroasters.com.au/

A CANADIAN IN BALLARAT
Award-winning Canadian jazz trumpeter Mike Field, is touring Australia promoting his new album, accompanied by top local professionals. Mike is known for his bright, energetic music. Door sales only, $10. Ballarat Golf Club, 8 April. www.mikefieldjazz.com

GARDEN DAY OUT
If you love nature, you could head to Three Open Gardens in Kyneton this weekend. With three very different gardens: a repurposed quarry with a steep slope and stone walls; an array of grasses set with established autumnal trees and hedges; and a garden with lawns, views through walls and hedges and a wisteria tunnel. 7 & 8 April. www.opengardensvictoria.org.au/

TWO DAYS OF APPLES
If apples are more your style, you could head over to Blackwood near Trentham for the St Erth Apple Festival. An annual event, the Garden of St Erth has an apple tasting and garden tours, and even mini workshops. The café serves seasonal food. 7 & 8 April. https://www.diggers.com.au

BE PERSUADED ONCE MORE
For those of you who couldn’t make it to Be Persuaded, the Jane Austen Exhibition in Bendigo, do not despair – the exhibition is on at the Ballarat Library starting this Sunday. 8 – 23 April. www.janeaustenbepersuaded.com/

THE TAIL OF THE DRAGON
If you haven’t yet made it to see Reawakening the Dragon at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum, you’d better be quick – it’s ending on 15 April. See Ballarat’s ancient Chinese Dragon and various artifacts including textiles, carvings and much more. Until 15 April. www.goldmuseum.com.au/
A MAGICAL ACT
If you’re free on Tuesdays and would like to experience a one-off dancing performance, Her Majesty’s Ballarat is presenting A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire. The all-singing, all-dancing celebration of Fred Astaire will be in the perfect venue The Minerva Space at the Ballaarat Mechanic’s Institute. Tuesday 17 April at 2pm. http://hermaj.com/events/fineromance/

And here’s a few for your diary:

A WALK THROUGH THE WARS
In honour of ANZAC Day, a special exhibition will be taking place in Wandong, north of Melbourne. The exhibition focuses on local soldiers, exploring their stories through the wars that impacted their lives: the Boer War, World War 1 and 2 and Vietnam. The displays will feature vehicles and artefacts. 25 – 29 April. www.visitvictoria.com/

THE JOY OF THE SORROWS
Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows will be performing in Woodend later this month, and tickets are already on sale! An early event for the Woodend Winter Arts Festival in June, it’s going to be a great evening, with food and wine available from 4pm and the show starting at 5pm. Sunday 22 April at St Ambrose Hall, Templeton St, Woodend. www.trybooking.com

UNEARTH THE PYRENEES
A showcase of the award-winning wines of the Pyrenees region along with local artisan food producers and live music. Also providing activities for kids, the Pyrenees Unearthed Wine + Food Festival is fun for all ages. Saturday 21 April. www.pyreneesunearthedfestival.com.au/

MARKETS THIS WEEKEND
Plenty of markets on this weekend, so head over to find some great food, something for the home or simply something special.

Saturday
Daylesford Farmers Market
Bridge Mall Farmers Market, Ballarat
Woodend Farmers Market
Beaufort Market
Golden Plains Farmers Market, Bannockburn
Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine
Moonlight Market Bendigo
Sunday
Clunes Farmers Market
Dunolly Community Market
Daylesford Market

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