Event of the year

Mineral Springs Festival president Peter Phillips accepts the award from Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters. Photo: D Domonkos

Now in its 15th year, the Taradale Mineral Springs Festival will be held on the Sunday of the Labour Day long weekend – Sunday March 10 from 10am to 4pm. 

The festival was awarded Community Event of the Year 2024 at the Mount Alexander Shire Council Australia Day – Survival Day awards and the festival committee is planning to make this year’s event the biggest and best in its history. 

Attractions will include more than 50 stands offering a wide range of food, wine, craft beer, gin and whisky. 

There will be jewellery, a CFA display and activities, a classic car display, live music on stage all day, plus many children’s activities, face painting, plaster painting, story telling and Captain Koala. 

Committee President, Peter Phillips said organisers had worked for many months to assemble a great lineup of stallholders and entertainment for this year’s event. 

“We have a raffle with over $7000 in prizes including a $5000 travel prize courtesy of Broadhurst Property, with tickets just $5 each,” Peter said. 

Entry to the festival is $5, with free admission for children under 15. All proceeds go towards Taradale Volunteer Community Groups to assist with local projects. 

“We are very grateful to our major sponsors, Broadhurst Property, Malmsbury Pharmacy, Castlemaine Slate and Stone, Good Earth Garden Supplies, Interior Solutions, Malmsbury Bakery and Metro Taradale, for supporting the event and making it possible. The festival is supported by the Mount Alexander Shire Council Event Grants Program,” Peter said.