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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.

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

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  • 22 May
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • 22 May
    6:00am - 10:00pm
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  • Does not cater for people with access needs.
22 May - 22 May

Itinerant Spirits

Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350
$99.00 per person

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

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