Ballarat Winter Festival


Discover a city of culinary delights and gastronomic wonders, with a range of heartwarming fare and soul-warming drinks to give you all the feels this winter!


Check-in to The Provincial Hotel and make the most out of your city stay. Located a stone's throw away from the Ballarat Railway Station in the centre of Ballarat, this historic hotel will provide the perfect home-base. Boasting its own cafe and restaurant, it's a great option for the lovers of food, wine and coffee.


Immerse yourself into the Spanish vibes of Café Meigas, as you order shared plates of authentic Spanish goodness for the crew. This tapas café will warm you up in all the right spots during the wintertime. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to witness the flamenco guitarist and dancer in all their glory.


Take up a table at FIKA Coffee Brewers for your morning pick-me-up of Sensory Lab coffee accompanied by a wholesome pastry or bagel. Or cosy up at The Unicorn and order yourself a cheesy toastie and warming cup of joe.


Use the winter holiday period to indulge in the gastronomic delights that await. The winter festival will see the return of the Ballarat Potato Festival (June 30) celebrating the spud in a variety of dishes and forms, as well as the inaugural Salumi and Charcuterie Festival (July 21), with both events showcasing the best produce and freshest ingredients of the region! The winter festival will also see the return of The Red Series wine festival, putting the finest vino of the region under the spotlight!


Take in the artisanal wonder of David Bromley’s newly-opened Pub with Two Names. The historic-turned-contemporary restaurant and gallery will have you marvelling at its aesthetic and equally pleasing menu.


Take up a table at Little Bird for a vintage diner experience with a difference. Serving up AllPress coffee and delicious homemade dishes, Little Bird will delight all the senses.


Local eateries will be serving up their very own warming pies during winter as part of the Ballarat Pie Competition, so eat your way around the town as you partake in some beautiful pastries during your stay.


Walk off the gluttony of the previous days with a stroll around the iconic Lake Wendouree and Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Admire the local swans as they glide across the glistening waters, and meander through the historic garden pathways and see what treasures you can unearth.

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