Kicking above its weight

Not only is the town of Creswick adding new businesses to the landscape as we noted last week, but three local businesses have just been awarded gongs as finalists in The Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards 2019.  A long title, but no less admirable.  Well done, Springmount Fine Foods, Creswick Pharmacy and the Farmers Arms Creswick Hotel.

Board The SILVER STREAK – Food & Wine Train
August 3 : 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm AEST

For something a little different

This catered service has operated continuously on the first Saturday of the month for over 15 years.  Thousands of guests have enjoyed the delights of a journey through the local forests aboard the 1970s Diesel Rail Car, accompanied by delicious finger food, drinks and live music by Travelling Concessions.  Guests can enjoy a pre-departure drink while they sort out their tickets, ploughman’s platter to share along the way, enjoy a tasty hot dish and a warm fire at Bullarto with dessert served on the return trip.  At $60 per adult and $35 for all others During winter departure is at 12noon. Bookings need to be made online. Make sure you specify particular dietary requirements.

Bendigo Writers Festival – All That Glitters

More than a star or two – it’s a glittering constellation heading to Bendigo in August for three days that will light up your thinking. The theme for this year – the eighth Bendigo Writers Festival – is “All That Glitters”, because we all know there’s more than gold that shines.
150 speakers in 7 plus venues featuring Maeve O’Meara, Paul Davies and Munjed Al Muderis including international writers, Paul Davies, Min Jin Lee, Stephen J. Pyne and  criminal psychologist, Dr Julia Shaw talking about her new book Making Evil. The festival will be held on the weekend of 9th – 11th August. Full program and ticket information: or box office on (03) 5434 6100

Words in Winter – 2019
Louise Milligan in conversation with Kevin Childs

Multi award winning journalist Louise Milligan talks about her explosive book on Cardinal George Pell, which was withdrawn from bookshops during his trial, and lays bear the greatest scandal to hit the Catholic Church in Australia.  Louise Milligan is an investigative reporter for the ABC TV Four Corners program. She covered the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse. Further details and bookings

Words in Winter Masterclass with Rebecca Sullivan

Learn all of those things granny would teach you in her own kitchen with Rebecca Sullivan. Rebecca is a self-taught cook and has worked with some of the world’s best food producers, academics, activists, and chefs. She is also a food curator, sustainable living advocate and entrepreneur, eco-agronomist, activist, food writer and urban farmer, Rebecca is passionate about heritage, preserving traditions, and passing on a wealth of “granny skills” to future generations. Masterclass is hosted by Rebecca in the state of the art demonstration kitchen at Lake House Daylesford. Entry fee includes recipes, tastings and refreshments. Sunday 4th August 11am – 1pm.
To book

Markets this Weekend

Wesley Hill Castlemaine
Ballarat Lakeside Farmers Market
Lancefield Farmers Market

Daylesford Sunday Market