Last days to find black gold

Truffles are the ‘new gold’ in the Goldfields. Black Cat Truffles, at Wattle Flat, just 20 minutes north of Ballarat offer visitors the chance to hunt their own truffles June, July and August, so there’s not much time left to find yours. Details

Boom and Bust

Three long awaited additions to Creswick’s streetscape

From time immemorial small towns have gone through periods of ‘boom and bust, none more so than Creswick. Currently the town is seeing changes that may be the harbinger of a new boom. The local supermarket outgrew its current premises long ago and the locals have waited patiently for the new IGA to open its doors, which we’ve been told will be 8th August. Another long awaited opening has been the new and atmospheric wine bar Odessa at Leaver’s Hotel. Still a bit of a wait for the kitchen to open, to be run by well known chef, Ben O’Brien, but it will be worth the wait.
The much loved Miss Northcott’s Garden is developing an extension that has many locals guessing what it’s going to be – (we know, but we’re not saying). Come spring, it’s going to be gorgeous.

RICHARD FLANAGAN LIVE ON STAGE Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival

Richard will be live on stage in Castlemaine for an exclusive screening of Life After Death followed by a Q&A with former ABC Radio presenter, Derek Guille. The Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival is on this weekend 19th to 21st July at the Theatre Royal. For tickets and more information go to

Nosh is good at Pancho’s Daylesford

For simple, but very tasty dishes, try Pancho Cafe, Vincent Street, Daylesford. Regulars to the town’s foodie scene will remember this place from a few years ago as Breakfast & Beer. It is very busy at lunchtime, but worth waiting for a table. Good food and great service.

Jefferson Smith returns to Heathcote

Country singer Jefferson Smith is returning to Heathcote to perform his live show on Rood Henry’s stage – Palling Bros. Brewery. Jefferson and his band is known for their diverse range of music styles. Saturday 20th July.  More info contact


Trentham Farmers Market
Buninyong Farmers Market
Creswick Market
Glenlyon Country Market
Woodend Market
Talbot Farmers Market

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