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Michael Meeking & The Lost Souls

Serial short-lister in the Australian Songwriting Association’s competitions since 2010, Michael Meekings has been described as having the rasp of Rod Stewart, musical sensibility of Bruce Springsteen and the forlorn heart and whimsy of Hank Williams.

With a successful U.K. tour under his belt, a new album on the way, and regular performances around Melbourne, Michael Meeking & The Lost Souls are taking the time to grace the stage at Ballarat Beer Festival!

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Riflebirds

Melbourne five-piece indie-rock band Riflebirds have broken from the cage of the pub scene and taken flight across the festival circuit, adding Ballarat Beer Festival to their path! These guys have released two full-length albums in the last two years, and they’re on the up and up, having toured Australia’s east coast and played at some of Melbourne’s best-known live music venues.

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This Way North

Melbourne guitar/drums duo This Way North (Leisha Jungalwalla (Jungal) and Cat Leahy (Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel, Miss Quincy, Lisa Miller) will be playing Ballarat Beer Festival this summer. These guys know how to lift a crowd’s feet and spirits.

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The Houndlings

Female-fronted blues/soul band, The Houndlings’ soulful setlist erupts with greats such as Etta, Elvis, Tina, Tom, Ruth, Ray and Wanda. Featuring Michelle Brisbane on Guitar, Kate Clarke on bass, Georgie Ross on vocals and Anthony Shortte (Collard, Greens and Gravy) on drums.

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Thee Gravy Train Four

Thee Gravy Train Four, fronted by Dave Lane – one of the most versatile artists around at the moment – is a garage-pop outfit set to get the festival rocking.

 

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Blues Brothers

Blues Brothers “Case full of Beers” is a soul and RnB Revue in the truest sense, breathing life into the musical masterpieces that have inspired this generation of blues lovers.

After the sell out opening night for Good Beer Week, the boys are on the run and heading to The Ballarat Beer Festival.

“Case full of Beers” Musical Director Ben Wicks has put together a blistering ten-piece band of Melbourne’s blues royalty, guaranteed to reignite your love of the music you grew up with.

 

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Dallas Crane

After ten years, four albums and three Aria nominations, Dallas Crane have cemented their place as one of Australia’s hardest working live and recording bands.

Food & Wine

Food and Wine

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Food Stalls

  • Nem N’ Nem Food Truck
  • The Cajun Kitchen
  • Golden Corn
  • King of Spuds
  • The Forge Pizzeria
  • The Gypsy’s Lunchbox
  • Squid Inc Direct
  • BOAA Contina
  • Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast
  • Ron’s Handburger
  • The Hippie Whippy
  • East India Trading Co
  • Semi-Hard Fromage
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Wineries

  • Pizzini Wines
  • Mitchell Harris Wines

Beer Education Classes

Beer Education Classes

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The Sessions

Get your Master’s Degree in Beerology at this year’s Ballarat Beer Festival Beer Education Classes. Join the esteemed Professor Pilsner and Beer Diva for a class like no other. Prizes will be on offer throughout the day so make sure you pop by and learn a thing or three.

Sessions:

12:00 An Audience with “The Women of Beer”

1:00 Meet Ballarat’s Local Brewers

2:00 Top Shelf Beer Experience

3:00 Beer & Food

4:00 Name that smell – A Sensory Journey of Discovery

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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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Ballarat Brewer's Beer Garden

Ballarat is synonymous with beer. It’s so well-known for its brewing expertise, Ballarat Beer Festival has put together an event to honour Ballarat’s hardworking brewers – the Ballarat Brewers’ Beer Garden.

Join us at the BBF Ballarat Brewers’ Beer Garden to taste the finest of Ballarat’s homegrown beer, all from our own local brewers.

Come along and find out why Ballarat is Australia’s beer-brewing town!

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The Brewcage

This summer’s Ballarat Beer Festival Brewcage is going to be a special kind of place. Alongside reserved seating all day in the VIP shade and comfort reminiscent of glamping, the culinary geniuses of Squires Loft, Ballarat, have put together a massively tasty menu to keep you going all day long. With an emphasis on the chargrilled, and all basted with mouthwatering flavours with beers to match, this is where you can truly kick back in festival style.

Mains – basted with our legendary flavours (GF):

  • Scotch Fillet
  • Porterhouse
  • Chicken Breast Fillet
  • Chargrilled Vegetable Meal
  • Chips & Garden Salad

Desserts:

  • Chocolate Cake with Choc Fudge Sauce & Cream – served chilled
  • Orange Almond Cake with Cream – served chilled (GF)
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Bintani's Friday Night Degustation Dinner

Held the night before the festival, this evening gives you the chance to mix and mingle with the brewers as you enjoy a delicious 5 course menu coupled with superbly beers. Hosted by The Beer Diva and Professor Pilsner and proudly powered by Bintani, this is a huge night on the Australian beer calendar and not to be missed. Tickets sold separately to the main festival, just click the yellow ticket button to reserve your spot.

Competitions & Awards

Competitions & Awards

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Big Prize Giveaway

What could be better than kicking back and enjoying copious craft beers with your mates at the Ballarat Beer Festival? Nothing really, except maybe winning a trip for two to Bali for four nights. Or scoring a St Jerome’s Outdoor Glamping Experience. Or free entry to the festival Brewcage for you and 3 of your mates!

Click here to find out more about the prizes at Ballarat Beer Festival!

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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, get online and get voting for your favourite brew. The brewer with the highest votes will win a trophy and one lucky voter will win a case of the winning brew for their troubles.

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#BEERLLARAT OLYMPICS

Sport and beer go hand in hand, and the 2017 Ballarat Beer Festival will fully embrace this spirit with the #Beerllarat Olympics. Be you a participant or spectator, either way you’re not going to want to miss it as the sporting gods go head-to-head. With human life-sized foosball, sack races and more, you can test your mettle and cheer on your mates at the #Beerllarat Olympics this festival weekend!

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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.

Kids Zone

Kids Zone

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Food Tent for Kids

Mount Blowhard Primary School will be supplying healthy grub for kids, including sandwiches, juice boxes, fruit and icy poles. 100% proceeds go to the school.

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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!

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Natural Henna Art

Adults and children alike are invited to drop into Natural Henna Arts’ stall to experience first-hand the exquisite beauty of henna body art, all using a 100% organic herbal paste that will last up to two weeks. Prices start from $10.