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Easter in Ballarat for big kids

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Easter neon in the Sturt Street Gardens. Image: Meda Design Au

From Insta-worthy moments with GIANT colourful eggs and neon artworks, to hands-on experiences and delicious eats, there’s plenty happening in Ballarat to keep you and your visitors eggcited (sorry, we had to) this Easter long weekend (Friday 7 April – Monday 10 April).

Hand paint a pot or vase at Ivy&Coco Studio. Image: Matt Dunne

WHAT’S ON

The Easter Bunny has a special delivery for Ballarat this autumn.

From 31 March-16 April, a colourful display of giant Easter eggs and neon lights will pop up in the Sturt Street Gardens.

This Insta-worthy activation will feature 18 larger-than-life eggs, plus 18 neon installations by acclaimed visual artist Carla O’Brien.

Think neon bunnies, Easter eggs and more.

But that’s not all! Here’s a snapshot of what else is happening in Ballarat over the Easter long weekend:

  • trivia at Hop Temple on Wednesday 5 April from 7.30pm, plus the popular Pint & Plate special. And make sure you try some of Hop’s favourite Easter beers, including White Rabbit x Pana Organic Chocolate Stout plus Bright Brewery’s C-Easter and Desist Caramelised White Chocolate Stout
  • vintage Easter display at antiques and collectables shed Rocket and Belle from Thursday 6 April until Saturday 8 April from 11am-4pm
  • Easter musical bingo with Max Hamond at Hop Temple on Thursday 6 April from 6.30pm. The fundraiser will also be serving up $5 Philly cheesesteaks
  • hand paint a pot or vase at Ivy&Coco Studio on Thursday 6 April at 7.30pm
  • Yacht Club DJs and Ruby Lou performing live at Volta on Thursday 6 April from 8pm, followed by Morning Maxwell on Saturday 8 April from 9pm
  • a bumper Good Friday A-League match between Western United and Central Coast Mariners at Mars Stadium from 3pm. The day will also feature a free Easter egg hunt, face painting, autographs and selfies with Western United players, plus free entry for kids under 14
  • Lake Wendouree’s Ballarat Farmers Market on Saturday 8 April from 9am until 1pm
  • Pliable Planes: Expanded Textile & Fibre Practices daily at the Art Gallery of Ballarat
  • the Skipton Market on Saturday 8 April from 9am until 1pm
  • pre-vintage preparation at Michael Unwin Wines from Easter Saturday until Easter Monday
  • a set menu Easter lunch at Waubra’s Wayward Winery on Saturday 8 April and Sunday 9 April featuring meats & cheese, pickles, focaccia; pulled pork empanadas, labneh; BBQ prawns, preserved lemons, capers; woodfired duck breast, sherry & fig sauce, leek; and hot cross bun brownie, salted caramel semifreddo
  • Aunty Jacks Tour and Taste beer tasting and brewery tour on Saturday 8 April and Sunday 9 April at 3pm
  • From Wax to Wearable Jewellery workshop with Claire McArdle at Windflower on Saturday 8 April at 3pm
  • Inner Poet Discovery Walk with Megan J Riedl through the streets of Ballarat on Saturday 8 April at 3pm
  • Blues, Brews & BBQ at Hop Temple on Easter Sunday, including Charlie Bedford live on stage at 1.30pm. And don’t miss the Hop Temple Easter Egg Hunt!
  • high tea at Craig’s Royal Hotel on Sunday 9 April at 2pm
  • a special Easter Sunday screening of 1948’s Easter Parade starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire at Regent Cinemas, plus a Kill Bill movie marathon
  • get a free $89 scarf at Creswick Woollen Mills with every purchase over $150
  • visit the Pyrenees region and scan the QR codes at participating cafes, cellar doors, restaurants and retail outlets for your chance to win a $1000 Pyrenees holiday. Details about the Pyrenees Easter Hunt at visitpyrenees.com.au

Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Image: Matt Dunne

THINGS TO SEE & DO

Still need more inspiration?

How about:


The Forge Pizzeria

FOOD AND DRINK

Get your foodie fix at some of our favourite hospitality venues this Easter:

Cafes

Restaurants & bars

Wineries, breweries and distilleries


Aunty Jacks

EASTER TREATS

Whether you’re a sweet or savoury type, here’s where to get some of Ballarat’s best Easter offerings:

  • From 6-10 April, Roy Hammond‘s impressive line-up of Easter cocktails includes Choc Sazerac (cognac, rye, crème de cacao), Hot Cross Bun (vanilla vodka, Apple Pucker, sherry, Little Drippa, sugar), Choc Puff (rum, crème de cacao, clarified milk, sugar syrup), and Crème Egg (vanilla vodka, Licor 43, crème de cacao, advocaat, condensed milk, sugar) 
  • Set to be unveiled on 6 April is Aunty Jacks‘ new Easter small batch release – Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Bun Beer. Biscuit, chocolate and caramel malt flavours have been balanced with some herbal bittering and spiced with cinnamon, raisin and cacao nibs
  • The Forge Pizzeria‘s Boozy Bunny cocktail (Baileys, vodka and Nutella with chocolate crumb), Caramello dessert pizza (Nutella base with Caramello easter eggs, vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce), and hot cross bun tiramisu (housemade tiramisu layered with 1816 Bakehouse hot cross buns and soaked in Grounded Pleasures spiced chai and masala wine)
  • Mitchell Harris’ double choc Easter egg cocktail
  • Carboni’s Next Door‘s takeaway Easter Box complete with 1kg marinara sauce, 500g fresh fettuccine and a 750g vanilla bean panna cotta with berry sauce
  • Johnny Alloo’s hot cross bun-style scrolls with orange, nutmeg, allspice, currants and walnuts
  • Saltbush Kitchen‘s new Australian chocolate bark, infused with native lemon myrtle or native peppermint gum
  • Lucky and James‘ hot cross bun chocolate featuring candied orange, sultanas and currants coated in a special blend of hot cross bun spices and folded through either milk or dark chocolate
  • Vegas & Rose‘s bunny bark in two delicious flavours – white Belgium chocolate with organic roasted hazelnuts, pistachios and edible cornflowers; or milk Belgium chocolate with freeze dried raspberries
  • Sovereign Hill‘s raspberry drop Easter eggs and rabbits
  • The Little Cupcake‘s Easter cupcakes and bikkies (open Easter Saturday)

And for something a little bit different, Mia and Talbot’s range of non-chocolate gifts will include Easter bath bombs, candles and hampers.

Ballarat Candle Co has also released three limited edition Easter scents – Mr Davies’ Hot Cross Buns, MacRobertson’s Chocolate Delight, and Red Shop Tea Rooms Carrot Cake.

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06 Mar 2023

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