Last Friday night the people of Ballarat stepped out to sample some great Ballarat food and music at the Mueseum of Democracy at Eureka. As the afternoon grew darker and the misty rain and chill settled in we were a wee bit worried the locals might opt to stay home rather than step out to the Tasters event.
Early last week the forecast was looking good, a warm day with a slight chance of rain was not enough to dampen our plans for a picnic and mini produce market in the Eureka garden setting but by mid aternoon it became obvious to all that the contingency plan of bringing it all inside was the saner option. So we set up with fingers and toes crossed that people would still be tempted to come and enjoy some tasty offerings indoors, and they did.
The The ContainART project was launched, artists from Ballarat and beyond mounting solo and group exhibitions featured in a mobile container gallery touring locally & regionally in 2014.
The theatre inside M.A.D.E. was filled to the brim as folkloric explorer Kavisha Mazella entertained, followed by the Ska Union. It's always a great sign when people are dancing in the aisles.
Throughout this wonderful evening people were happily grazing on our regional plates in bewteen bursts of frenzy with hungry people lining up in between performances. The vibe was amazing, the Backyard Tasters as M.A.D.E. was indeed a success.
Everyone loves good food, wine and music in a relaxed environment. A great opportunity to appreciate and support the creative output of our local community. Let's hope this is the beginnning of an era where we are all proud to come together to celebrate and enjoy the fantastic things Ballarat has to offer in all it's forms in one setting, and M.A.D.E. seems a fabulously democratic choice for such events.