Poh Ling Yeow

Sunday only!

Poh’s food career began in the first season of MasterChef Australia in 2009. Shortly after she was offered her own cooking show ‘Poh’s Kitchen’, which was followed by ‘Poh & Co’. Today, Poh is not only a TV Chef, but also a published author of several cookbooks and a successful visual artist.

Make sure you don’t miss Poh’s cooking master classes, as she is sure to inspire you with her love for cooking and creating new recipes.

Poh will be joined by former MasterChef contestants, Ballarat’s own Tim Bone, and fellow contestant Anushka Zargaryan.

Tim Bone

Sunday only!

Sink your teeth into one of Tim Bone’s delicious toasties and hear from this Ballarat
local about what it was really like competing on MasterChef Australia.

Hear first-hand what it’s like to be on MasterChef Australia from one of last season’s finalists, Ballarat local, Tim Bone. Tim will not only show you how to make the best toasties, you will also have the chance to sink your teeth into one of his delicious toasties from Tim’s stall on Sunday – it’ll be sure to brighten up your Begonia Festival.

Anushka Zargaryan

Sunday only!

Joining Tim, not just during the popular TV cooking competition show, but also on stage on Sunday will be MasterChef’s sweetest contestant – Anushka.

For Anushka food transcends the barriers of language, race and age. Growing up in Armenia and being surrounded by Middle Eastern and European countries, Anushka’s food can be described as a wonderful fusion between the two cuisines. Currently Anushka is following her dream of combining cooking and education and running cooking classes in Melbourne. Her focus is to use cooking as a therapy for mental health issues.
Be sure to attend Anushka’s cooking demonstrations to learn about her cultural cuisines.

Costa Georgiadis

A favourite TV gardener Costa Georgiadis is returning to the 2020 festival.

This year Costa will be joined by fellow Gardening Australia host Sophie Thomson and also his buddy Dirtgirl.

Join Costa live at the Begonia Stage for a chat about his all-consuming passion for plants and people and learn about how to create a holistic, sustainable and productive garden.
If you always wanted to learn about beekeeping and making your own honey, don’t miss Costa’s and Sophie’s catch up with Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat and make sure to take the kids to join Costa the Gnome and dirtgirl at the ‘Get Grubby Bucket Challenge’.

Sophie Thomson

Saturday only!

Sophie Thomson’s enduring love affair with gardening stems from growing up in the family nursery in the Adelaide Hills and has led to her becoming a national figure in the horticultural media.

As seen on ABC TV’s ‘Gardening Australia’ program, her infectious enthusiasm, vitality and love of sustainable gardening inspires people of all ages.

Experience Sophie’s passion for sustainable gardening first-hand when she describes herself as an “obsessive-compulsive gardener” who, if it wasn’t for her family and career, could spend every day in the garden.


Saturday only!

Get Grubby TV star Dirtgirl is coming back to the festival for one day only.

The star of dirtgirlworld and Get Grubby TV is a gumboot wearing, planet loving rockstar who loves to sing and dance almost as much as she loves getting grubby.
Dirtgirl will inspire children to step outside and experience nature and sustainability in everyday life, so make sure you catch dirtgirl and Costa the Gnome during the Get Grubby Bucket Challenge on Saturday.

Bluey & Bingo

Monday only!

Popular ABC KIDS characters Bluey & Bingo are coming to visit the festival this year.

The TV hit Bluey did not just win a Logie and an Emmy nomination, but has been winning hearts and minds of pre-schoolers – and their parents. The cartoon family of cattle dogs causes squeals of delight whenever the distinctive theme song is played.

Book in for your Meet & Greet to get up close and personal with the Heeler sisters.

There are four Meet & Greet slots available on the Monday of the festival.

Please note:
Bookings for the meet & greet sessions are essential, so make sure you book in for your spot by clicking here. Bookings are free.

Central Highlands Water

Smart. Safe. Sustainable.

Come along to play and investigate how we deliver safe, clean, quality drinking water to you in a sustainable way. Our hands-on interactive water cycle experience helps the whole family to learn about water in our community.

Find out how you can be water wise at home and at work, plus meet our Central Highlands Water Choose Tap Ambassadors, Olympian Steve Moneghetti, international tennis player Zoe Hives as well as the NBL1 Rush and Miners Basketball team players.

Check out our bright new water bottle range to help keep you cool and hydrated.

Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group

Keeping it Local

This year Grampians Central West Waste & Resource Recovery Group is all about ‘Keeping it Local’ – in your home and in your community.

Celebrating the idea of Thinking Globally and Acting Locally, there will be plenty of ideas, tips, demonstrations and mini workshops on composting, worm farms, reducing single use plastic, recycling and reducing  your waste impact.

Captain Compost and Granny Skills guru Rebecca Sullivan will be making appearances at our Little Green Wagon throughout the festival. So pop on over to find out how much fun reducing your waste-line can be!

PowerFM Begonia Parade

More than 40 community groups, schools, music groups and businesses will come together to celebrate Ballarat’s diversity and spirit as part of the PowerFM Begonia Parade.

Each year more than 10,000 people watch the ever-popular Begonia Parade – a highlight of the Ballarat Begonia Festival.

The parade begins at 11am on Monday 9 March and will travel along Wendouree Parade between the South Gardens and the North Gardens.

Please note: Wendouree Parade will be closed from Carlton Street to St Aidans Drive between 6.30am to 1pm. Entry to the festival car park from the north only!