Reasons to Get Lost - August 2019

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Cookin' On 3 Burners at Palais-Hepburn

Catch Australia’s hardest hitting Hammond Organ Trio 'Cookin’ On 3 Burners' at Palais-Hepburn Friday, August 30th.
Hammond organist Jake (originally from Glenlyon), drummer Ivan, guitarist Dan and special guest Stella Angelico (from Ballarat) return home for an unforgettable performance that's sure to get you up and dancing. Joining the dots between Deep Funk, Raw Soul, Organ Jazz & Boogaloo; Cookin’ On 3 Burners is like poking your head through a time portal that stretches between the year you were born and the middle of next week. On one hand, there are clues to a spiritual home that’s situated somewhere in the back streets of 1966, but on the other is a reinvented soul stew that’s very much a product of the 21st Century.  

For more information and to secure your tickets visit:


'Exposed' at Trentham's Cosmopolitan Hotel

Talented local artist and photographer Bettina Ralph will be exhibiting her works at the iconic Cosmopolitan Hotel from Aug 3 to Sept 12. Bettina's photography encompasses an eclectic mix of nature, fauna and people, taken both locally and from her travels around the world. Bettina says "This version of my creativity and inspiration have emerged from an unexpected twist in my path. Looking at life, every day different, through a lens made everything look brighter, more curious, increasingly full of joy and hope". A must-see exhibition.

Aug 3 - Sept 12 at The Cosmopolitan Hotel:  21 High St, Trentham.

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Words in Winter Trivia Night

Show off your extensive knowledge of otherwise useless information while raising money for Words In Winter at their annual trivia night. Get your brain into gear and gather some of your friends for a fun night of trivia, prizes and community gathering. Bring a plate to share with your table and buy some drinks from the local sponsors, while host Jono entertains and takes you through an auction featuring awesome prizes from local businesses.

August 15, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm The Festival Hub (Senior Citizens Hall), 76 Vincent Street Daylesford. Tickets $20 per person or $170 per table of 10 - visit to book.

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Red Hill Hotel

Built in 1854, The Red Hill Hotel has been continuously running as a pub catering to thirsty miners, weary travellers and new settlers for 165 years. Located in a town you’ve probably never heard of called Chewton, (just 5 mins from Castlemaine) launched on New Year’s Day 2018, and in this short time has become the go-to destination for great food, exceptional hospitality and an environment that evokes a sense of multiple histories, that combine the Victorian Gold Rush and the owners’ Scottish heritage. Now open from 3pm on Friday and 12pm on Saturday and Sunday serving high quality, seasonal and local food.  

Red Hill Hotel - 163 Main Rd, Chewton. Visit for more info and to book.


Potter Around Central Victoria

Central Victoria will be one of the many locales around the country participating in the Australian Ceramics Open Studios 2019 event over the weekend of August 17 and 18. Nine studios across three shires - Mount Alexander, Hepburn and Central Goldfields – will be open 10am to 4pm both days and entry is free. Australia-wide, 167 studios will be open as ceramicists offer a behind-the-scenes view of their creative processes.  The individual potters have collaborated to produce a Central Victorian guide, which gives an overview of the range of styles and a map of their locations. The trail takes in Newstead, Maldon, Creswick, Talbot and Daylesford and could be completed in a day.  Better still make a weekend of it and plan a stop over in one of the towns along the circuit. 

For an overview of the event go to and click on the link 2019 open studios.

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Alice’s Journeys Walking Tours of Daylesford

If you’re curious about Daylesford and Hepburn Springs’ history and their untold stories, join us on our 2.5 hour guided walking tour of the Daylesford town. Walking in the footsteps of legends, your personal guide will take you into buildings and down laneways that will reveal secrets and stories that will surprise and engage.  August is a winter wonderland outdoors, a great chance to take in the secret beauty and stories of the town on foot. Commencing in August we are expanding our locals’ rate to all resident adults and children from the Victorian Central Highlands region including Hepburn, Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander, and Moorabool Shires. August tours run each Friday and Saturday at 10am. We meet inside the Daylesford Visitor Information Centre. Bookings are essential:

Tel : 1800 454 891 or online For more info contact M: 0455 519 111
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Barber & Co. Daylesford

New kid on the block Barber & Co. Daylesford, run by friendly barber Lesley and her trusted companion Paddy (her beautiful chocolate Labrador) are inviting local customers and supporters alike to the barbershop on Saturday 17th August between 3-5 pm. An opening of sorts, Lesley will be handing out some free men's products as a show of appreciation to all who have supported her journey of opening Daylesford's very first Barbershop!

Barber & Co. Daylesford - 30 Albert St, Daylesford. Saturday 17th August 3-5 pm.


Sparkling Gemstones & Bubbles

A private collection of more than 120 stunning, cut and polished, precious and semi-precious gemstones on exhibition and up for auction at Hepburn Springs. These exceptional quality, natural gemstones are ready to be turned into a beautiful, custom-made piece of jewellery. A rare event for our region, which has all the makings of a fun-filled evening for tourists and locals in a stunning 'new' venue.

Palais-Hepburn - 111 main Rd, Hepburn Springs.  Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 5:30 – 8 PM


Feast - A Dark Cullinary Event at Stockroom

Feast is a winter culinary event that celebrates dystopian beauty and contemporary horror through food and art. With a four-course banquet inspired by earth, life and death by award-winning chef Emma James, eleven artists have been commissioned to create an element for this highly ornate and dark sensory experience. Sculptures, paintings, video and sound works centred around the disturbingly absurd and darkly opulent will provide an immersive and extravagant event. This is a carnivorous event, filled with amazing textures, flavours and at time challenging food presentations. Vegeterians and dietary requirements can not be catered for.

Three separate events held at: Stockroom Kyneton - 98 Piper Street, Kyneton.
Saturday August 17, Saturday 24 August and Saturday 30 August at 6.30PM.
Tickets cost $195 per person and are available at:

Stockroom Kyneton - 98 Piper Street, Kyneton | PH: 5422 3215