The Drinks that Made Ballarat

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The Drinks that Made Ballarat at the Ballarat Heritage Festival.

An all-drinking, all-eating exploration of the booze-fuelled birth of colonial Ballarat. Starting with a native botanical cocktail and snacks at Ballarat’s newest distillery, Itinerant Spirits, your expert guides – award-winning food and wine writers Richard Cornish and Max Allen – will lead you on an indulgent, leisurely and atmospheric evening walking tour.

You’ll step inside heritage buildings to explore the history of Ballarat’s own tradition of beer, sparkling shiraz and whisky along with colonial-era dishes recreated especially for this event. Starting and finishing at Itinerant Spirits right next to Ballarat Train Station.

This is an evening walk in the cool month of May, please dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes as we are covering several kilometres on foot and some of the lanes we are taking are old and cobbled.

The walking tour has three sessions leaving from Itinerant Spirits, at 6:00pm, 6:45pm and 7:30pm.

Various locations, starting and finishing at Itinerant Spirits right next to Ballarat Train Station.

Content: Itinerant Spirits

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  • Wed 22 May

6am–10pm | 6pm–9pm

Itinerant Spirits

Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

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$99 per person

$99 plus booking fee (Over 18s only event)


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Accessibility Information

  • Does not cater for people with access needs.

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Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.

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