Winter is the new Summer in Ballarat
GRAB your beanies and scarves and embrace the beauty of winter at Ballarat’s first Winterlude event.
The City of Ballarat, together with Ballarat Regional Tourism, is excited to officially launch the city’s inaugural winter event which will be held across various locations, restaurants and attractions from June until August this year. Featuring a jam-packed program of events for young and old, the main attraction at Winterlude will be the pop-up ice skating rink in the CBD, between the Town Hall and Myer – presented by the City of Ballarat. Sovereign Hill’s school holiday program is also set to dazzle once more. Visitors will be swept up in the magic of Christmas, and astounded by incredible light projections, set to rival events like White Night Melbourne Ballarat laneways and cellars will come to life with intriguing lights, illuminations, food carts and musicians and they’ll be plenty of opportunities to cook up a storm at cooking classes. Local restaurants will tempt you with warming winter menus featuring the region’s best produce and residents and visitors LAST Wednesday the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council (BRMC) celebrated the tenth anniversary of its flagship program, the Multicultural Tucker (MCT) as it is affectionately known. will have the chance to explore exhibitions and markets. City of Ballarat Mayor Cr John Philips said is was good to be working with Sovereign Hill to promote and celebrate winter. “The City will be having n ice skating rink; Christmas in July at Sovereign Hill The Festival of the Flame at Kryal Castle; Ballarat’s Best Pie Competition; Pie and Beer Judging Spectacular; and a host of music and markets,” Multicultural Tucker has proved to be a great success among its participants, winning the Service Delivery to Multicultural Victoria award in 2012. For this special celebration he said. “It will be an exciting time for Ballarat in the middle of the year. “I know over the years gone people have talked to us about ice skating and here it is for them. I hope everybody comes on board and enjoys themselves, particularly the young ones in the school holidays.” Sovereign Hill CEO, Jeremy Johnson added, “Christmas In July has been a great program for Sovereign Hill and meal the BRMC Executive Committee donned aprons and prepared a multicultural feast.
“This is a special celebration,” said Kate Allen, the Home and Community we have capitalised on Ballarat’s reputation for being cold and wintry and it has extended out this year with the City of Ballarat involvement with Winterlude, which s a great extension and will bring even more festive activity to the City and also not forgetting our winter wonderland at night, that’s even bigger and better this year.” More info on the event program is available below and online at: ballaratwinterlude. com.au