2018 will mark the 24th 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 2018 Andersons Mill Festival will feature new and exciting acts along with some old favourites. The Ballarat High School Band are back once again, and they wil be joined this year by The Drowsy Maggies as well as John McNamara and his Big Brass Band. The Ballarat High School Band has been part of the Andersons Mill Festival for many years and each year present a quality strong performance from students. We are excited and looking forward to another show from the High. The Drowsy Maggies have played at festivals including Port Fairy Folk Festival, twice at The National Celtic festival in Port Arlington and at the 2016 National Folk Festival, where they were awarded the Gill Rees Memorial Award for young musicians. Playing their original harmony-filled songs and fiddle tunes, these girls are an exciting band on the Australian folk scene. John McNamara is an award winning Soul & Blues Artist, his second album ‘Rollin’ With It’ which was produced in Ardent Studios in Memphis US, has been released worldwide in March 2017 and received rave reviews in the US, Europe and the UK. It reached No 1 Album with a No 1 Single from it on the International Blues Airplay Charts. John brings an 8 piece band and will ensure to entertain the audience.
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