WINTER, WOOL & WONDER

Winter is coming, but all is not lost. There’s so many events, festivals, exhibitions, games, and fun things to see and do…

Images: Brooklands Free Range Farm, Blampied.

COMING UP IN SECRETS MAGAZINE WINTER ISSUE
There’s some pretty good reading in our winter issue.  Our region has become a destination for foodies and we look at the growth of boutique food and beverage producers in our area. We talk to Glyn Roberts, Director of the Castlemaine State Festival and learn about his first year in the job.  Central Victoria is growing as an arts precinct and we have our fair share of writers. We spoke with Alli Sinclair and Susi Fox, whose first novel has just been launched in the UK. Visit Ballarat shares their stories about chef Mick Nunn and a wrap up of the Ballarat Winter Festival. These stories and more are in the winter issue.  For advertising enquiries call 0427 103 217.

WINTER PAZAZZ
The grey skies and chilly winds of winter can be a bit of a downer, but a new outfit from Alpaca Passion in Daylesford will help to put the pep in your step.  Gorgeous designs in today’s colours and the soft, quality fabrics are like a big warm hug to take you through the coldest day.  To see more visit www.alpacapassion.com.au

NEW OWNERS & A NEW LOOK AT CLIFFY’S
There is a new energy at Cliffy’s in Daylesford.  New owners Liam and Sam are off to a great start with a larger menu made from the freshest regional produce, slightly revamped dining area, the best coffee, great service and all done with a bright smile.  Cliffy’s Emporium (its original name) has become a landmark on the Daylesford scene, in fact mention the name Cliffy’s and everyone from near and far knows who you’re talking about.  They’re just up the hill heading toward the market from the town centre – you can’t and shouldn’t miss them. www.facebook.com/cliffysemporium

HERE’S A FEW FOR THIS WEEKEND

TEMPT YOUR SENSES
Wilsons Fruit and Veg are teaming up with Plate Up Ballarat for Taste Temptation Day. Many local suppliers are converging on the Mair Street store, including Salt Kitchen Charcuterie, Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese, Meredith Dairy, Irrewarra Sourdough, and many more! Don’t miss out! 10am – 3pm, 19 May. www.plateupballarat.com.au

INDIGO CONNECTION
To see the work of three artists with different styles but a strong thread of connection, visit Indigo Threads at the Post Office Gallery in Ballarat. The three artists – Tamara Kellett, Jessica Schroeter & April Welfare – are all Ballarat locals. Get in quick, finishes 19 May. https://federation.edu.au/

ART ON THE GO
The annual Soldiers Hill Art Walk is back in Ballarat this weekend and next, the latter tying in with Ballarat Heritage Weekend. Have a wander around the beautiful streets of Soldiers Hill and feast your eyes on some art. May 19 & 20, 26 & 27.  http://www.shacballarat.org.au/2018/02/soldiers-hill-art-walk3/

WHIMSICAL COMEDY
The Castlemaine Theatre Company has decided it’s high time they take on one of the Bard’s plays, and what better choice than a comedy? As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, which means that it’s whimsical, and at the end, everyone ends up married, rather than dead. Which is good. 18 May to 3 June. www.castlemainetheatrecompany.com/

HAVE FUN AND HELP OUT:

GALA FOR SUPPORT
Dress up and head out for a gala dinner to have fun and support Breast Cancer Network Australia. The Art of Support Gala dinner includes two courses, unlimited drinks, amazing prizes, comedians and live music. 2 June. Ticket sales close 25 May. www.facebook.com/theartofsupport/

HISTORIC HOMES FOR HEALTH
Fancy a lovely day out for a good cause? Stawell Regional Health is hosting a bus trip to raise funds for a Medical Refrigerator Unit for the Oncology Unit. The Historic Homesteads Tour visits four historic homesteads and includes a two-course lunch. 27 May. http://srh.org.au/

AND HERE’S ONE FOR YOUR DIARY

EMBRACE BALLARAT’S WINTER WONDERS
Ballarat is set to transform into a hub of winter wonder throughout July as part of the annual Ballarat Winter Festival. With wondrous offerings to warm your heart, mind, soul and belly. www.ballaratwinterfestival.com.au/

MARKETS FOR THIS WEEKEND
It’s a great weekend for markets, with plenty to explore.

Saturday
Creswick Market
Trentham Farmers Market
Smythesdale Country Market
Riddells Creek Farmers Market
Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine
Sunday
Talbot Farmers Market
Woodend Village Market
Daylesford Sunday Market
Daylesford Sunday Farmers Market, The Woodshed