This year the Sovereign Hill Autumn Series is inviting the public to look behind the steam and smoke of the famous open-air museum in regional Victoria and see the craft of rare trades up close.
Inside Sovereign Hill, a cabal of artisans is showcasing the trades, skills and craftsmanship passed down from the gold rush era, including such skills as candle-making, gold pouring, spoke-making and confectionary demonstrations.
On Friday May 27 another trade will be celebrated - whisky. That evening Sovereign Hill's wheelwrights’ workshop will play host to a special whisky-tasting session guided by experts from Australian distilleries Archie Rose and Starward.
Guests will learn about the distilling process and sample some of Australia’s best and most innovative whiskies, while engaging in a conversation about craftsmanship with Sovereign Hill's rare trades team. Each whisky tasting will be accompanied by a snack, along with demonstrations throughout the evening by Sovereign Hill’s coachbuilders, wheelwrights, blacksmiths and carpenters. A special conclusion drink will round the evening out.
With rare trade demonstrations including hot tyring (fitting metal rims around wooden wheels) and timber bending (bending thick timber for furniture making) – and a whisky-inspired playlist curated by resident blacksmith, Tim Bignell – the event is designed to send guests home with a newfound appreciation of trades both drinkable and dramatic.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Sovereign Hill.