2017 will mark the 23rd year of the Andersons Mill Festival - a showcase for the excellent food, wine and music of the region.
An eclectic mix of local produce, boutique wineries, entertaining music, arts and crafts and heritage, the festival is a fabulous day of innovation, entertainment and information. The festival is a great place to.......
Try, taste and buy some of the best food available in the region. Delicious fresh trout rolls, spicy Italian bullboar sausages, organic vegie burgers, beef rolls with exquisite home made relishes and sauces, olives, tapenades and olive oils, refreshing ice creams and much more. You can also purchase biscuits, cakes and slices along with delicious breads and pastries.
Wines from four of the best boutique wineries in Victoria. Enjoy hand crafted whites, reds and sparkling wines from cool climate vineyards in the local area. Wines can be purchased by the glass and the bottle at very reasonable prices. Wineries offering these delights are Captain's Creek Organic Wines, Daylesford Wine Company and Kangaroo Hills Organic Farm. Boutique Beers will also be available from Red Duck Brewery.
Music at the 2017 Andersons Mill Festival will feature new and exciting acts along with some old favourites. Starting the program was the young and talented performers from Ballarat High School. We then welcome The Royce Twins to the Festival for the first time. This local duo became well known following their appearance on The X Factor in 2013 and ever since have hit the local music scene and worked hard to produce their own EP. Our final act for the day will be local Central Victorian folk inspired outfit Pennyweight. Led by the award winning frontman Tony English, this band is always known to give a great live performance and we anticipate this year at the Festival will be no different.
Stalls offering high quality goods and services for sale including a variety of arts and crafts. Wood turning, Blacksmithing, Cricket Bat making, Spinning & Weaving, Sheep Shearing and Working Horse displays are also a feature of this year's Festival.
...and the star of the show Anderson's Mill...
The majestic, bluestone mill, standing sentinel in a picuresque valley is a partner and the backdrop to the fabulous Andersons Mill Festival. The giant waterwheel, once the only source of power to operate the mill, comes to life again at the festival, offering a glimpse of an bygone era when the Mill produced the flour and grains to feed the many miners who flocked to the region during the Gold Rush.
Owned and maintained by Parks Victoria on behalf of the people, the Mill is a work in progress and is slowly being restored for future generations. Tours of the mill were conducted at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm on the day. Local Historian Mr Jack Sewell will introduce the tours and Mr Peter Muelan, a descendant of the original Mill owners, conducted the tours.
Within this fabulous setting the Andersons Mill Festival is an emerging event of note in Victoria's impressive calendar of events. If people only visit one festival a year, this has to be the one!
*No dogs are allowed entry into the Festival due to Parks Victoria regulations