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Ballarat Beer Festival 2015

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Ballarat Beer Festival

In a handful of sleeps, the fourth annual Ballarat Beer Festival will be providing the good folk of Ballafornia, and beyond, with not only scores of purveyors of the finest golden liquid, but also an incredible music line-up, delicious food and entertainment for the whole family.

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Lark Ballarat Store Opening

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Lark

One of Australia’s independent design store success stories Lark, is opening its doors at 30 Armstrong Street North in Ballarat on Friday 14th November, amazingly just in time for Christmas.

Lark was founded in Daylesford in 2006 by UK expat Allison Jones and her Bendigo-born husband Paul Matthews. Opening in sunny Ballarafornia has been on the agenda since the family moved into town two years ago with their young sons. Allison says “we love living in Ballarat, it is a great place to bring up a family. We’ve been interested in moving our store to Ballarat for some time now, and we believe Armstrong Street Is a great location, near to the many other new shops and cafés that are starting to pop up in town”.

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Get some hardcore Craic…

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retro

Feel like a big splash of Craic? Well the good folk at The Church Retro Café (135 C Albert Street, City Centre) are having an Irish night once a month, starting on the 25th, Saturday 6pm to 9 pm . Bring along your instrument/voice and join in! Free admission. Meals are $15 – includes Irish stew, beef and Guiness pie and to top it all off, they have a full bar licence. Get craicing!

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Some golden ideas to bring in a golden new year

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Hot Club Swing

So, the clock is ticking down to the end of a funny old year. My beloved day job has become my day, evening and weekend job, but I’ve still managed to create the little splash of fun known as BallaFornia.com.

Fear not. next year I’ll have more interviews with fabulous local folk, and many, many other surprises.

However, now it’s time to relax and celebrate the triumphs, learn from the mistakes, and grab the future by the horns, because we are riding that cruelty-free, hypothetical bull to the future my friends!

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Ballaratcat Comedy night

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Dave Thornton

What are the hard working minions of BallaFornia.com doing this Thursday? Laughing our collective cabooses off at the Ballaratcat Comedy night, that’s what!

The good people at BTLamont Entertainment regularly coax the crème de la crème of comedy wunderkinds to our BallaFornian shores, and this Thursday I’ll be guffawing at the topical hilarity of Dave Thornton, Gerard McCulloch, Celia Pacquola, and Michael Connell… all for 20 squid! Hope to see you all there.

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FU 2013 EYE (End of Year Exhibition)

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On this windy, showery night, 65  fine art and graphic design final year students from the wonderfully renamed F.U., will be displaying their sweet fruits of arty labour.

The work ranges from digital works, ceramics and photography to drawing, print-making, painting and graphic design.

Many of the works will be available for sale, so now is the time to invest in some rising art star while they are cheap!

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Roller Derby bashing into Ararat

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Roller Derby
BallaFornia’s own Rat Pack will soon be singing a song of victory when they bring the first roller derby game to the Wimmera.

The Ararat Council recently asked the Ballarat Roller Derby League  to dip their wheeled toes into the rural city’s waters to test our country cousin’s Derby-lust.

The Rat Pack were more than happy to oblige, and, in partnership with the Council and the Grampians YMCA, they are inviting the Wimmera community to go and see what Australia’s fastest growing sport is all about.

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I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

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Australian Paranormal Society
It is time to don your overalls, stuff your Walkman full of some pumpin’ Ray Parker Jr tunes, and ensure your proton streams don’t cross. Why? Because there are ghosts to be found at the Eastern Station Hotel!

The Australian Paranormal Society will be holding an overnight investigation at Australia’s most haunted hotel. You will get to experience what it’s like to be involved in a paranormal investigation, use the equipment and learn about the field from some very experienced investigators.

I can’t say that I really believe in ghosts, but I do believe that at the very least you will find spirits behind the bar!

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Ballarat By The Glass

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Ballarat WineI write this while a cheeky glass of Mitchell Harris’ Rosé seductively beckons me with its potent plop of oak and strawberry. Conjured from plump local Pyrenees fruit, it’s a perfect drop to celebrate the end of another long BallaFornian winter, and is a stupendous  introduction to the glorious nectar that drips from the heavenly vines around here.

I’m happy to report that it won’t be the only locally-crafted glass of yum that I will be enjoying responsibly this month, because during November BallaForninan restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars will be putting on a spread of the finest Ballarat wines and food.

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