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Dunnstown Irish Festival

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2855 Old Melbourne Rd

2855 Old Melbourne Road

Dunnstown, VIC 3352

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A Two Day Irish Festival Held Over the St Patricks Day Weekend!

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Dunnstown is a small village just outside Ballarat one hour from Melbourne nestled in the foothills of Mount Warrenheip.

It was named after Robert Dunn who established the Dunnstown Distillery in 1854 which is famous for being the first Irish Whisky Distillery in Australia.

With its rich volcanic soil from Mount Warrenheip, it attracted many Irish settlers to the area who migrated after the great famine. The settlers farmed the land, raising their families with mixed farming, mainly growing potatoes.

Many of those families still live in Dunnstown to this day, with potatoes still grown in abundance in the area.

Because of its Irishness, Dunnstown was also known as “Little Ireland” in its day, so much so that the local pub was called The Shamrock.

The inaugural Dunnstown Irish Festival was held on St Patrick’s Day in March 2018 to acknowledge and celebrate Dunnstown’s Irish history.

Because of the success of this we are going again next year on St Patrick’s Day weekend. There is a range of ticket options available starting from just $30 + booking fee for a day ticket or $50 + booking fee for the two days (which includes free camping).

St Patrick’s Day is on Sunday 17th March naturally and we will be kicking the Festival off with a “Night On The Green” on Saturday 16th March in our marquee with the very popular Celtic band The Go Sets from Melbourne, some of our local Ballarat talent and finishing off with the sons of the South West, The Settlement to rock us into the night.

We will be offering camping over night for those who wish, with great facilities available.

Food Trucks will be on hand as well.

To start off St Patrick’s Day, The Shamrock Hotel will be open for breakfast during the morning for our campers. The Shamrock is just 200 meters down the road from our camping site, a refreshing walk for those who wish or just jump on our shuttle service to and from the pub at your leisure.

A Family Day with a program is organised early in the afternoon back at the grounds with lots of entertainment for the kids young and old including a Jumping Castle, Face Painting, Sprints, Potato Sack Racing, and many Irish Games on offer.

Music will be played in the marquee all afternoon whilst other Irish Sports will be on show.

We will have Irish Dancing throughout the afternoon as well as a Quoits and Hookey competition.

Other competitions will be Sheaf Tossing, Potato Peeling, Potato Picking and of course the Tug Of War which went over so well in 2018, with a new event scheduled for 2019 – the inaugural Guinness Relay.

Roving mikes will be on hand to keep us informed and entertained.

Music all afternoon finishing off with the very popular local band OMR through the evening.

Children under of age of 18 are Free entry to the event.

PLEASE NOTE: The Dunnstown Irish Festival is a licensed event and alcohol will be available to purchase at the site but attendees are NOT permitted to bring their own alcohol to the event. Please have suitable and valid ID for proof of age as you must be 18+ to purchase and consume alcohol at this event.

More info available via our facebook page and watch this space, website coming early January 2019.

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2855 Old Melbourne Rd

2855 Old Melbourne Road

Dunnstown, VIC 3352

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