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THE VANNS

Rambunctious​ ​rock’n’rollers,​ ​The​ ​VANNS​ ​are​ ​the​ ​lovable​ ​reprobates​ ​that’ll​ ​give​ ​you​ ​a​ ​good time​ ​and​ ​a​ ​heavy​ ​hangover. With​ ​their​ ​dynamic​ ​blues​ ​tinged​ ​rock’n’roll,​ ​the​ ​four-piece​ ​have​ ​seduced​ ​audiences​ ​around the​ ​country​ ​supporting​ ​the​ ​likes​ ​of​ ​Sticky​ ​Fingers,​ ​The​ ​Delta​ ​Riggs,​ ​and​ ​Kingswood. Consisting​ ​of​ ​Jimmy​ ​Vann​ ​on​ ​vocals/guitar,​ ​Lachlan​ ​Jones​ ​on​ ​drums,​ ​Tom​ ​Switlek​ ​on​ ​Bass and​ ​Cameron​ ​Little​ ​on​ ​guitar/keys,​ ​The​ ​VANNS​ ​live​ ​show​ ​is​ ​loaded​ ​with​ ​catchy​ ​hooks, roaring​ ​guitars​ ​and​ ​unapologetically​ ​uplifting​ ​energy.

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MAST GULLY FELLERS

The​ ​Mast​ ​Gully​ ​Fellers​ ​are​ ​a​ ​band​ ​out​ ​to​ ​create​ ​authentic​ ​music​ ​and​ ​have​ ​a​ ​great​ ​time​ ​doing it.​ ​The​ ​instrumentation​ ​of​ ​Rodger​ ​Delfos​ ​on​ ​Dobro​ ​Guitar,​ ​Brett​ ​Lodding​ ​on​ ​Double​ ​Bass, Shane​ ​Godbehere​ ​on​ ​Banjo​ ​and​ ​Guitar,​ ​and​ ​Brett​ ​Freeman​ ​on​ ​Acoustic​ ​Guitar,​ ​Ukulele​ ​and Harmonica,​ ​along​ ​with​ ​the​ ​4​ ​vocals​ ​with​ ​harmonies,​ ​lends​ ​itself​ ​well​ ​to​ ​the​ ​roots/folk/blues style​ ​of​ ​original​ ​music.​ ​The​ ​band​ ​released​ ​their​ ​debut​ ​EP​ ​on​ ​Apple​ ​iTunes​ ​and​ ​Spotify​ ​in​ ​late 2017​ ​and​ ​are​ ​back​ ​hotting​ ​the​ ​stage​ ​this​ ​summer.

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BUTTERFUNKED

What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​get​ ​when​ ​nine​ ​of​ ​Victoria’s​ ​most​ ​exciting​ ​young​ ​musicians​ ​get​ ​together​ ​to​ ​form a​​band?​​ You​​ get ​​Butterfunked!​​​​ Formed​​ in​​ 2017,​​Butterfunked, ​​5​​ female​​/​​4 ​​male​​ band,​​ has been​ ​taking​ ​the​ ​region​ ​by​ ​storm.​ ​Butterfunked​ ​is​ ​sure​ ​to​ ​knock​ ​your​ ​socks​ ​off​ ​with​ ​their funky​ ​rhythms,​ ​killer​ ​horn​ ​section,​ ​cool​ ​vocals​ ​and​ ​original​ ​music.​ ​​​Butterfunked​ ​is​ ​really excited​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​Ballarat​ ​Beer​ ​Festival​ ​so​ ​come​ ​on​ ​down​ ​to​ ​the​ ​festival,​ ​get​ ​dancing and​ ​express​ ​yourself!

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HANA AND JESSIE-LEE APRIL

Hana​ ​and​ ​Jessie-Lee​ ​blend​ ​brassy​ ​wayward​ ​twang​ ​with​ ​delicate​ ​country​ ​and​ ​soul​ ​inflections, leading​ ​a​ ​seasoned​ ​band​ ​of​ ​Bad​ ​Habits​ ​that​ ​reinforce​ ​the​ ​eclectic​ ​sound​ ​they’ve​ ​established as​ ​their​ ​own.​ ​They​ ​will​ ​be​ ​joined​ ​onstage​ ​by​ ​three​ ​others​ ​as​ ​together​ ​they​ ​run​ ​wild​ ​through monster​ ​guitar​ ​solos​ ​that​ ​cascade​ ​into​ ​mandolin​ ​and​ ​fiddle​ ​lead​ ​lines,​ ​commanding​ ​lyrics and​ ​huge​ ​multi​ ​part​ ​harmonies​ ​in​ ​a​ ​magnetic​ ​hour​ ​of​ ​unwavering​ ​song​ ​that​ ​has​ ​seen​ ​them build​ ​a​ ​dedicated​ ​audience​ ​and​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​pack​ ​out​ ​venues​ ​locally​ ​and​ ​interstate.

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CENTRE & THE SOUTH

From​ ​humble​ ​beginnings​ ​launching​ ​as​ ​a​ ​roots​ ​duo​ ​in​ ​2009​ ​Melbourne’s​ ​Centre​ ​&​ ​The​ ​South have​ ​evolved​ ​to​ ​become​ ​a​ ​reggae​ ​roots​ ​powerhouse​ ​incorporating​ ​elements​ ​of​ ​funk,​ ​soul and​ ​groove. Centre​ ​&​ ​The​ ​South​ ​released​ ​their​ ​debut​ ​album​ ​‘Yadah’​ ​in​ ​early​ ​2016​ ​and​ ​to​ ​celebrate​ ​the band​ ​toured​ ​Australia’s​ ​east​ ​coast.​ ​‘Yadah’​ ​received​ ​critical​ ​acclaim​ ​across​ ​online​ ​outlets​ ​The Music,​ ​Happy​ ​Blog,​ ​Tonedeaf​ ​whiles​ ​also​ ​charting​ ​in​ ​both​ ​the​ ​regional​ ​and​ ​metro​ ​national radio​ ​AMRAP​ ​charts​ ​holding​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Top​ ​10​ ​for​ ​over​ ​3​ ​weeks.​ ​The​ ​release​ ​scored​ ​airplay across​ ​over​ ​150​ ​stations​ ​country​ ​wide​ ​including​ ​youth​ ​broadcaster​ ​Triple​ ​J.

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MICHAEL MEEKING

Melbourne outfit Michael Meeking & The Lost Souls are excited to release their new album “Saturday Night Sunday Morning”. The culmination of several years of creating the pop-jangled rock sounds the are now embedded on the album forever, Michael Meeking has released an album he is immensely proud of.

Much of Saturday Night Sunday Morning is rooted in the classic Melbourne country-rock sound of bands such as The Dingoes, Weddings Parties Anything and The Warner Brothers.
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ONE NIGHT ONLY THE BLUES BROTHERS REVUE

One Night Only is a soul and RnB revue in the truest sense, breathing new life into the musical masterpieces of The Blues Brothers – a cultural phenomenon that has inspired several generations of cinema goers, music lovers, and car chase aficionados.

Boasting a blistering ten-piece band of Melbourne’s blues royalty – One Night Only is a powerhouse of Chicago Rhythm and Blues. Paul Slattery and James Grimm star in the famous roles of Jake and Elwood Blues, and musical director Ben Wicks has put together a band that’s already earned a reputation for bringing a take-no-prisoners non-stop party wherever it goes.

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DJ DOGGLER

Local​ ​Melbourne​ ​musician​ ​spinning​ ​an​ ​eclectic​ ​mix​ ​of​ ​tunes​ ​encompassing​ ​some​ ​you​ ​may know,​ ​some​ ​you​ ​may​ ​not.

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The Lakeside

With shade aplenty and Lake Wendouree offering a cooling respite to the summer heat, this is the perfect day to round up your mates, grab a picnic blanket and take in over 20,000 square metres of lakeside beer action.

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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.

Food & Wine

Food and Wine

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Food Stalls

  • Farang Thai BBQ
  • Just Chips Victoria
  • Naughty Frenchy
  • Riverina Jerky
  • Round The Way Bagels
  • Smokehouse720
  • The Forge Pizzeria
  • The Gypsy’s Lunchbox
  • Slinky Spudz
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Wineries

  • Mitchell Harris Wines

Education Classes and Games

Beer Education Classes

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The Sessions - 12 to 1

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.

12:00 | Meet The Local Brewer
 The perfect opportunity to char and share a beer with brewers carving a niche in the local beer scene.
01:00 | So you want to start a brewery?
From Homebrew to Brew Hero – how do you go from the garage to the ‘Big Time’ – and should you really go for it?
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The Sessions - 2 to 4

 

2:00 | The Women of Beer 
No longer the domain of blokey blokes, the Beer World is now a diverse universe. Share the thoughts, and beers, of some of the women making their mark.
3:00 | You can’t put THAT in my beer
From pineapple juice to belly-button fluff, brewers are always pushing the boundaries of flavour. Join a light-hearted stroll through the ‘Museum of Weird & Wonderful Beers’.
4:00 | The Future of Beer 
Takeovers, buy-outs, brewpubs, cans vs bottles and new technology. Join Prof and the Diva as we explore the possibilities and challenges facing beer in the next decade.
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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 is one of Australia’s go to beer educators. 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.

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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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BEER AND YOGA

Last year we gave you the #BEERLLARAT OLYMPICS, this year we’re bringing you the transcendental magic of beer and yoga classes brought to you by the Healthy Hub Cafe and Wellness Centre in Ballarat. Read all about it here.

Competitions & Awards

Competitions & Awards

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THE #BEERLLARAT SELFIE COMPETITION

On the day, get your selfie on and share it in Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the tag #beerllarat and you could be picked as the lucky winner. Prizes to be announced on the day.

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PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

On the day of the festival, download the Untappd app or the Now Tapped app and get voting for your favourite brew by searching for the venue ‘Ballarat Beer Festival’.

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 and have 2 of their kegs sold on tap at The Mallow!

 

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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!