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Ballarat is hosting a mini toastie festival during May

The Mozzarella in Carrozza toastie
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Every bread product is undeniably better toasted (and definitely never microwaved). In fact, the best thing you can do to almost any sandwich is crank up the Maillard reaction and turn your sambo into a toastie. Or take a trip to Ballarat, where you can try an outrageous selection of toasties for a whole month. 

Throughout the whole of May cafés and restaurants will be taking part in Toast of Ballarat, a celebration of the humble yet delicious toastie. There are a total of 23 toasties to try during the month, with a stack of Ballarat venues serving up cheesy (and some not so cheesy) cooked sambos as part of the second annual Plate Up Ballarat food festival.

These toasties are a little fancier than your basic ham, cheese and tomato offering. The Red Lion is serving a toastie filled with smoked brisket and mac and cheese: Hydrant Food Hall is filling a toastie with mozzarella and anchovies then frying until golden, and Craig’s Royal Hotel is taking the classic club sandwich and giving it mushroomy twist. Or entrust your tastebuds to a bunch of teenagers and try the mystery toasties being created by Loreto College students.


The mystery toastie being created by Loreto College students


You’ve got from May 1 to 31 to try all of toasties. Visit the website to discover the full range of Toast of Ballarat toasties.

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