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PRE FESTIVAL EVENT

PRE FESTIVAL EVENT

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Gallagher's Friday Night Degustation Dinner

Held the night before the festival, Gallagher’s Friday Night Degustation Dinner provides the best opportunity to mix and mingle with the brewers as you enjoy a delicious 5 course menu served with perfectly matched beers. Hosted by The Beer Diva and Professor Pilsner, the degustation dinner is a huge night on the Australian beer calendar and not to be missed. Tickets are sold separately to the main festival. When tickets go on sale click through to the ticketing page to reserve your spot. The dinner tends to sell out early, so start organising your friends early.

Education Classes and Games

Beer Education Classes

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The Sessions

Get your Master’s Degree in Beerology with the esteemed Professor Pilsner and Beer Diva. Prizes and samples will be on offer throughout the day so make sure you pop by and learn a thing or three. All sessions offer free samples.

12pm – Charcuterie/Food/Beer Pairing
1pm – Meet the Newbies
2pm – Cheese/Beer Pairings
3pm – Kontroversy Korner

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About Professor Pilsner

Professor Pilsner (aka Pete Mitcham) is the Editor In Chief of The Critics’ Choice – Australia’s Best Beers, a contributor to The Beer Lover’s Guide to Australia, and host of beer dinners and tastings through his company, Beer Blokes. A conversation with Prof Pilsner is a rich, bubbly journey through beer’s ongoing evolution.

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ABOUT BEER DIVA, KIRRILY WALDHORN

Beer Diva, Kirrily Waldhorn has been involved in the industry for 20 years. She is one of Australia’s go to beer educators and is Dan Murphy’s Beer Ambassador. With experience in presenting on radio, TV and a heady list of consultancy, writing and judging in the beer industry, she brings 15 years’ worth of brewing knowledge to the classroom.

Activities


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Beer Trivia

Gloat over your extensive beer knowledge by taking part in our beer trivia hosted by the infamous quiz master ‘Spud’. There will be 2 sessions held over the day, each with different beery topics and questions. From great beer cinema moments through to our proud Aussie brewing history, your bound to get your thinking muscles working. Prizes will be awarded.

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Musical Bingo

Ok, so it’s not beer related, but it is crazy fun! Think of it as a cross between group flash-dancing karaoke and lip sync battle. Come along and join the off-key singing, two left feet dancing or just be an amused bystander. Prizes will be awarded.

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Joe White Bocce Battle

In the tradition of the local Maltsters vs. Brewers Cricket matches of the early 1900s, Joe White Maltings is celebrating 160 years of malting in Ballarat with a Cricket style Bocce Battle.

Step up to the crease for your chance to win spot prizes all afternoon. Maltsters, brewers and festival goers are all welcome to compete in the Ballarat Bocce Ashes!

Competitions & Awards

Competitions & Awards

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PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

On the day of the festival, download the our app and get voting for your favourite brew

1. Search for “Event Portal for Eventbrite” in the Apple or Google store on your device.
2. Make sure to accept notifications when prompted. You will receive reminders during the day of the events you have listed to attend.
3. Enter the event code “ballaratbeer19”

The brewer with the highest score will win a trophy and one lucky voter will win a 6 pack of the winning brew for their troubles.

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THE HOMEBREW SUMMER SLAM COMPETITION

You may have heard about our quest to find Ballarat’s greatest home brewer. A group of expert home brewers will be entering their liquid gold into the competition to be crowned Ballarat’s greatest home brewer.

Judging and awards will be presented on the main stage in front of thousands with the champion brewer winning a commercial brew at Fed Uni!

 

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BEST DRESSED STAND AWARD

The brewery with the best looking stand will win this award, judged by festival sponsor Bintani, who have also proudly supplied the trophy.

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BEST DRESSED PUNTER

Don’t forget to dress up! The best dressed punter will win a picnic hamper for 2 to enjoy on the day – provided by local business Wilsons Fruit & Vegetables. The winner will be announced around midday.

 

Kids Zone

Kids Zone


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Animal Farm

Farmer Darryl and his cuddly friends are visiting Ballarat Beer Festival, giving our youngest visitors the chance to get close with some of our most common farm animals, including a calf, baby lambs, baby goats, piglets, geese, chickens and baby rabbits.

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Face painting

No family festival is complete without face painting!