Celebrate at Taradale Mineral Springs Festival this weekend


With the calendar month to the start of autumn in full swing, the days in central Victoria have the promise to be golden ones weather-wise. No wonder events held at this time of the year are so popular! And that, of course, includes the Taradale Mineral Springs Festival. 

Held now for 15 years on the Labour Day long weekend (this year, that will be Sunday March 10) it has become a district highlight. 

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, storytelling 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. 

You’ll find the festival at the Taradale Mineral Springs Reserve on the Old Calder Highway from 10am-4pm. Entry will be $5, kids free. 

Celebrate at Taradale 

Want a good coffee? 

When you’re out and about enjoying the vibe of a colourful and exciting event, there’s nothing quite like a delicious, warming coffee made from freshly roasted artisan coffee beans. 

At the Taradale Mineral Springs Festival, you’ll be able to get one of your favourite coffee hits from the popular Rafael’s Coffee. 

Rafael’s Coffee is a family-owned and operated artisan coffee roastery based in Lancefield. They have been hitting our tastebuds since 2012 when the family’s quest for local quality and freshly roasted coffee inspired the establishment of their boutique roastery. They create their own blends as well as offer seasonal single-origin coffee beans and blends. 

To keep the coffee journey interesting, they are constantly on the lookout for beans from regions and growers around the world. 

And with a personal and customised service, you know your Rafael’s Coffee will be one of the best. 

Did you know they’re hiring? Contact Raf on 0457 866 125 if you want to join his small, professional and dedicated team as a barista or front of house. He’ll provide all the training you need! 

Castlemaine Mail
Your source of independent local news in the Mount Alexander Shire.