The countdown is on! There’s less than two weeks until the Ballarat Beer Festival will once again celebrate all things beer, bands, education, food trucks and entertainment.
To be held on Saturday 24 January at the Ballarat City Oval, the festival is a great way to bring together family and friends for a fun day out.
“What makes the event so successful is the contribution from the local community – sponsors, suppliers, volunteers, staff and of course our wonderful punters and brewers. The focal point is two-fold – providing great entertainment in the form of music, a Games Garden and Kids Zones to sit side by side the exciting world of craft beer,” said Lyndell Pond, one of the event’s festival directors.
In an Australian first, 15 craft beer brewers hailing from Victoria and NSW who are all taking part in the festival, congregated in mid-December at Cavalier Brewing to create a new brew. The beer, to be unveiled in the Brewers’ Big Backyard, was named Mötley Brëw from a competition run and won via social media, and was made from the brewers all supplying their own ingredients. These included Cavalier Brewing, Killer Sprocker, Young Henrys, Wayward Brewing, Riverside Brewing Company, Kaiju Beer, Brew Cult, 3 Ravens, Mountain Goat, Exit Brewing, Prickly Moses, 7 Cent, Two Birds, Wolf of the Willows and Kettle Green.
The newly-added Brewers’ Big Backyard will include an onsite barber, dunking machine, life-sized roaming Polaroid frame and giant sized games of Pick Up Sticks, Connect Four, Dominoes and Jenja. There’s also the Games Garden, which includes bocce, croquet and 80s computer games such as Donkey Kong, as well as the Cider Orchard and Food Truck Lane.
Out-of-towners are encouraged to lock in accommodation quickly as the town will be inundated with tourists on event weekend. For punters’ convenience, a free Ballarat Beer Festival express service shuttle bus will be running between Ballarat Station and Ballarat City Oval.
The impressive music line-up will include the following Australian acts; Ash Grunwald, Way Of The Eagle (Jan Skubiszewski’s creative collaboration featuring Dan Sultan and The Cat Empire’s Harry James Angus); The Delta Riggs, Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk; Buddha In A Chocolate Box, Timberwolf and the festival’s homebrew band competition winner and Ballarat local, Demi Louise.
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