Aptly dubbed Ignite, this series of events, festivals and experiences running in and around Bendigo this winter aims to highlight the region’s range of food and drink offerings. Think fire, warmth and taste.
Showcase events include Elvis: Direct from Graceland at Bendigo Art Gallery (March 19–July 17), featuring a host of costumes, outfits, vintage memorabilia and treasures direct from Graceland, the home (and now museum) of Elvis Presley. It’s the first time these pieces have ever been in Australia, and we think they’re wonderful.
From June 25–July 17 Glow: Bendigo After Dark at Rosalind Park will see the park on Gaol Road come to life with a series of installations and light projections designed to showcase stories of Bendigo through a spectacular display of light, colour and sound. As well as an illuminated Acknowledgement of Country paying respects to the traditional custodians of the land, the Dja Dja Wurrung People, there’s representations of all things Bendigo, including horticultural heritage, delegation as a UNESCO City and Region of Gastronomy, a nod to Bendigo’s mining history and almost 600 colourful lanterns celebrating the cities rich Chinese heritage.
Elsewhere wine-lovers can get behind a Barrel Wine Tasting Weekend on July 2–3, when many of Bendigo’s winegrowers open their barrel rooms for behind the scenes samples of maturing wines straight from the barrel; The Australian Sheep and Wool Show on July 15–17 – the largest event of its type in the world – will see Australia’s top wool growers and prime lamb producers showcase their wares for fans of woollen fashion, food and fibre; Bendigo on the Hop will celebrate craft beer on Saturday August 27 will once again pair some of the finest venues in town with a range of product from some of Australia’s best breweries for a moveable tour of rare beers and live entertainment; and on Saturday September 3 White Night Bendigo sees the city light up with visual art, music, light projections and all-ages fun. Experience the sparkle and spectacle on Saturday September 3.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Bendigo Tourism.