Try 1816 This Weekend

The foodie scene in Ballarat seems to have exploded over the last few years.  The ‘Rat’ has developed a persona of good, innovative and modern food styles that is equal to any to be found in the big cities.  The newest kid on the block is 1816 Bakehouse in Armstrong Street.  Baker and entrepeneur Josh Chapman, has in partnership with the boys from Ballarat’s popular pizzeria The Forge, created a bakery, come cafe, come patisserie in premises that steal their decor from an industrial site.  With the white washed walls and polished concrete floor with lots of stainless steel, it has that edgy, 2019 feel.  Offering delicious filled baguettes and yummy sour dough bread, the menu will grow as Josh and his staff fully find their feet.  Having opened only a week ago, it was more than surprising to see the queues of people waiting patiently for their lunch and coffee.  Not bad for a newbie.  1816 is at 1816 Armstrong Street, North, Ballarat.  Check them out on Instragram.


We are delighted to announce that 3 copies of this new novel by Mary-Anne O’Connor have been won by Jodie Warner of Woodend, Eliza Alford from Bendigo and Rosalie Darby from Ballarat.  Well done Jodie, Eliza and Rosalie, enjoy curling up in front of the fire, possibly with a glass of red as you read your new book.  Thank you to all our entrants, better luck next time.

Kyneton’s Country Cob Bakery multiple award winners

We’re not sure what the guys at Country Cob Bakery in Kyneton are doing, but it must be right as they keep winning prize after prize for pie making.  The latest is their pork pie, which has been awarded the title of Australia’s best pie, with their curry scallop number rated best seafood pie.  Cambodian born and raised brothers Ryan and Chun Khun have given the Aussie pie a new twist and the accolades are coming thick and fast.  Find out more of their range on

Ballarat Winter Festival – June 29 to July 21
Presented by the City of Ballarat.A

A wide range of activities, events and exhibitions are happening over the three weeks from 29th June to 21st July, perfect for the school holidays.  Find the full itinerary including where to eat, where to stay and what to do at

Ice skating in the Ballarat CBD

As part of the Ballarat Winter Festival and kicking off the school holidays, the ‘pop up’ ice-skating rink will be open in Armstrong Street South – adjacent to the Ballarat Town Hall and Myers throughout the festival 29th June to 21st July.  This is perfect for the whole family with all skill levels catered for.  Each hourly session is very well attended, so bookings are recommended. Each session lasts for one hour, with bookings highly recommended.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children per session. Toboggan Rides are $5. Family ticket passes are $20. Tickets are available to purchase now at


Memories and Mulled Wine – Stories from the Macedon Ranges

This could be fun and maybe even cathartic. Connect with locals from the Macedon Ranges this winter through a series of story-telling nights at Dromkeen.  Go along with your story, or just to listen to others. Everyone’s life is interesting once you scratch the surface. Are you a storyteller? Do you have a tale to tell? Each month, on the third Friday evening over winter, Dromkeen is hosting an open-mic evening.  Anyone with a 5 minute story on the night’s theme can put their name in the hat. From 21st June to 16th August at 7.30pm (A cost applies).  For more go to the What’s On section on



Wesley Hill, Castlemaine
Ballarat Lakeside Farmers Market
Lancefield & District Farmers Market


Daylesford Sunday Market – Railway Station