Getting back to normal

The Easter/Anzac Day public holidays provided an unusual long break.  So now it is back to normal – sort of – the weekend following a holiday is often quiet, but there is still lots to do around the region and here are just a few:

Image by Aldona Kmiec

For the love of books
Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th May

The Clunes Booktown Festival returns this coming weekend, with a series of renowned authors and guest speakers joining the historic town for a festival of the book. The two-day event will feature a series of panel discussion and Q&A style talks with leading Australian authors, along with local food, live music and thousands of new and collectable books.  For program details visit

The Great Trentham Spudfest
Saturday May 4 : 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Spudtastic fun, food, music, games, entertainment and activities galore! You’d never guess potatoes could be this much fun!  This festival is a wonderful way to celebrate the spirit of the community and recognise Trentham’s potato-growing heritage. Once again, the usually shy, humble and bashful potato bursts free from life underground and basks in the limelight for festivities…

Anderson’s Mill with old bridge

Anderson’s Mill National Trust Heritage Weekend
Sat 11 – Sun 12 May

What a great way to share Mothers Day and a fun family day out at the National Trust Heritage Listed Anderson’s Mill Heritage Weekend.
Anderson’s Mill tours, talks, working waterwheel and more. Food and coffee. Enjoy watching heritage engines at work. Victoria Quilters Inc. will display twenty quilts representing the goldfields region. “Mills on the Air” amateur radio groups linking up around Australia and world wide. Ballarat Spinners and weavers demonstrating and teaching skills. Art displays and activities. Victorian doll house rooms, miniatures and demonstrations.  Andersons Mill is located in Smeaton.,-smeaton-h.a.

Plate Up Ballarat

is an exciting month-long event celebrating Ballarat’s wonderful food offerings, craft beers, boutique wines and a whole lot more. Taking place throughout the month of May  Plate Up Ballarat will showcase local producers whilst also promoting successful and supportive connections between producers, restaurants and cafes.  /

Food and Fashion
part of Plate up Ballarat

There are events happening outside Ballarat such as the Food and Fashion Night at The Farmers Arms Hotel Creswick in collaboration with The Farmers Wife Boutique. Tickets: $105  Includes champagne cocktail and canapes on arrival, 3 courses of locally-inspired produce, fashion show & boutique popup. Local wines, beer and spirits available at the bar.  Good food and fashion never go out of style.  Friday 31st May 7pm to 10pm. 


Aussies Love Their Pies

And some of the best are at Red Fox Cafe in Creswick, like these outback lamb pies.  You also need to try their beef and red wine Yum!  Coffee is pretty darn good too.



Wesley Hill Castlemaine
Ballarat Bridge Mall Farmers Market
Daylesford Farmers Market
Heathcote Bush Market


Castlemaine Farmers Market
Castlemaine Artists Market
Gisborne Old Time Market