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2018 Ballarat Begonia Festival Highlights

Media Alert – Tuesday 6 March

Considered one of Ballarat’s most popular community events, the Ballarat Begonia Festival is once again set to draw thousands of visitors to the city this Labour Day long
The festival returns to the Ballarat Botanical Gardens on Saturday 10 March, running through until Monday 12 March.
There will be something for residents and visitors of all ages, with this year’s program
encompassing a whole
-family focus.
year’s highlights include:
Celebrity gardener Costa Georgiadis
This year the City of Ballarat welcomes back popular television personality Costa Georgiadis who plans to get the whole community involved in a program of talks drawing on
his all-consuming passion for plants and people.
Join Costa live on the Main Lawn with Central Highlands Water and Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group.
Get Grubby TV presents DIRTGIRL and Costa the Garden Gnome
Inspiring young gardeners will also have the chance to get grubby with the stars of dirtgirlworld and Get Grubby TV, DIRTGIRL and Costa the Gnome throughout the entire long weekend.
Find a rainbow, come to the sing-a-long picnic, get up close and personal with some worms and discover which vegetable makes a perfect microphone.

Power FM Begonia Parade
This year’s Power FM Begonia Parade will explode with colour and sound.
Watch local businesses, schools and community groups unite to celebrate Ballarat’s diversity and community spirit.
The fun begins at 11am, Monday 12 March along Wendouree Parade, between the Tramway Museum and North Gardens. Be there early to get a spot.

The New Jonses
The New Joneses will showcase the easy, everyday choices everyone can make for a healthier, happier planet.
This is your chance to check out The New Joneses’ multi-award winning pop-up tiny house and gain some tips and ideas on how you can live like The New Joneses.

Keep hydrated with Central Highlands Water
Central Highlands Water is the festival’s key Community Partner.
Join their team to explore life and liveability in the Central Highlands region. Chat with celebrity guests, learn how to grow water efficient gardens and get involved in competitions.

Rebecca Sullivan presents The Art of The Natural Home
Rebecca will talk on a range of topics as part of her presentation The Art of The Natural Home, including tips and tricks, as well as chemical and waste free living ideas using ‘Granny Skills’. Join Rebecca daily on the Main Stage.

Le Petite Grande Comedy Tent
La Petite Grande is a mini “spiegelesque” show tent, full of big surprises for everyone to enjoy. Comedy and circus shows on all weekend.

Ballarat Brewers and Distillers Garden
For the first time in the festival’s 66-year history, the gin renaissance will arrive at the Botanical Gardens for those looking to take a break from the festivities and enjoy a drop among the beautiful surrounds.
Ballarat’s brewers and distillers joined forces to bring this new addition to the 2018 festival, which will also include local beer.

Mitchell Harris Wine Garden
The popular Mitchell Harris Wine Garden also returns with the best in the region’s local produce and live music on display.

Live music
Hear from Horsham’s Kailee O’Beirne, award-winning solo artist Kieran T, Motor City Sounds and Ballarat’s Anna Oliphant Wright.

Super Sandpit
Parents and guardians have the opportunity to relax with a tea or coffee while their children explore inside an enclosed and safe sandpit.
The Super Sandpit is made possible by Ballarat Sand and Soil, SHAE Enterprises and is run by ECKA.

Make your own gnome hat
Children have the chance to create colourful designs for their hat to explore the Gardens.

Garden gnome trail competition
Discover hidden gnomes throughout the Ballarat Botanical Gardens for your chance to win a travel voucher valued at $3000. Collect your Garden Trail entry form the information marquee for your chance to win.

Obstacle challenge
Older children will have a ball tackling the obstacle course as they weave in and out, over and through a range of challenges.

Festival food
Let your taste buds lead the way through the Ballarat Botanical Gardens as you enjoy a range of cuisines at this year’s Begonia Festival.
Discover the variety of savoury options, delicious sweets and coffee on offer throughout the gardens.

Begonia Display
The festival’s namesake, the Begonia Display will feature 2500 tuberous begonias grown by the City of Ballarat’s dedicated gardeners.
Festival-goers can visit the display at the Conservatory.

Garden and creative designers market.
The garden market stallholders will be ready to help you plan your garden with a large variety of plants available for sale.
Visitors will also have the option to leave their plants with the Friends of the Botanical Gardens at the Plant Creche while you explore. Profits made by the Friends are returned to Botanical Gardens projects.

To view the full program visit: ballaratbegoniafestival.com

A history of the Ballarat Begonia Festival
The Ballarat Begonia Festival is one of Australia’s oldest and most popular community events.

The festival was launched in the autumn of 1953 by local Ballarat residents who were keen to highlight and celebrate the growing post-war prosperity of their town and the local region.

The inaugural Ballarat Begonia Festival was opened by Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies and was an 11-day program of events that included archery demonstrations, square dancing and floral displays.

A young Queen Elizabeth attended the festival in 1954 to admire the floral displays, and the Queen Mother visited a few years later.

Over the decades the festival has included just about everything from car rallies, to sheep dog trials and talent quests.

Presented by the City of Ballarat, the 2018 Ballarat Begonia Festival is free and will be held at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens between 10-12 March 2018.

For more information visit ballaratbegoniafestival.com or follow @BallaratBegoniaFestival on Facebook


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