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Monday, April 3, 2023

Celebrate Australiana With Fair Dinkum Bendigo: A Taste Of Culture

In celebration of the recently launched
Australiana: Designing a Nation exhibition showcasing at the Bendigo Art Gallery until June 25, 2023, the prosperous Bendigo Region has developed an exciting three-month activation program - Fair Dinkum Bendigo: A Taste of Culture - full of fun events, experiences, tours, food creations and retail products for all to enjoy.

Coming off the bat of winning GOLD at last month’s 2022 Australian Tourism Awards for the hugely successful VIVA BENDIGO campaign last year (in celebration of the Elvis: Direct from Graceland exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery), the Bendigo Region is eager to continue showcasing its great product and diverse experiences through this year’s Fair Dinkum Bendigo: A Taste of Culture campaign. 

The Fair Dinkum Bendigo autumn program is a genuine reflection and celebration of Australian culture in all its notions of style and identity. It is an opportunity for visitors and locals alike to revel in Australian food that has shaped our culinary industry and discover fashion, design and art and has been inspired by our nation’s social and cultural history from Australia’s First Peoples to contemporary times. 

Providing the perfect excuse to explore the UNESCO Creative City and Region of Gastronomy this autumn, highlights from Fair Dinkum Bendigo: A Taste of Culture include:


  • Australiana: Designing a Nation: Exhibited exclusively at Bendigo Art Gallery for FREE until Sunday June 25, 2023, 'Australiana: Designing a Nation' identifies the distinct traditions that have reflected and changed popular notions of Australian identity and style. The vibrant exhibition includes more than 200 objects on display, ranging from drawings and paintings to photographs, fashion and design.

  • Fair Dinkum Aussie Chocolate Experience: Indulge Fine Belgian Chocolates has combined its love of Australiana and Belgian chocolate with Australiana-themed tasting plates that feature Australian chocolate-shaped animals, Vegemite and tasty cheese scones, Lamington cupcakes and more.


  • ‘Catch and Cook’ Yabbie Expedition: On Saturday April 15, 2023 at 12pm, Bridgeward Grove will be throwing its family-fun ‘Catch and Cook’ Yabbie Expedition. The exciting day involves catching yabbies and cooking up the day's catch for tasting. Other food, drinks and activities will be available.


  • Wedderburn Coach House Gallery and Museum: The General Store Museum dating back to the 1850's contains an early record of Wedderburn and the local district. The General Store closed in the late 60's and has been preserved with its products ever since. There are cellars underneath and a coach house which has a Blacksmith forge, many carriages and equipment that were established for the Museum


  • Tiny Towns Art Trail 2023: The annual Tiny Towns Arts Trail will be showcasing unique and eclectic local art across 12 towns in the region on the ANZAC Day weekend - April 22, 2023 through until April 24, 2023. 


  • Ales on Rails: Indulge in the ultimate beer, food and steam train experience as you are taken into a world of first-class decadence in a 1920's era club and parlour carriage from Castlemaine to Maldon. Bookings are essential. 


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