In the lead up to the two public festival days guest blacksmiths from Australia, Canada and the USA will be offering workshops. More information and bookings here.
If you’re a beginner or veteran blacksmith join us for a dinner and Pecha Kutcha night at the Plough Hotel in Footscray on Friday night 26 April, to kick off the Festival! Book now.
As blacksmiths of all interests and backgrounds converge at Footscray for the Festival, the public will have a unique opportunity to meet, learn, and exchange ideas with a wealth of local and international talent.
Come see some of Australia's finest blacksmiths get creative with red hot metal. Be nice and they might hand you a demo piece!
collaborative team sculpture
World renowned Canadian blacksmith Jake James is coming to Australia, teaming up with Ben Beames, Pete Mattila and Will Maguire to co-create a sculpture during the festival.
All ages up to 12 have the opportunity to work with soft metal in a special fire-free kids zone under the watchful eye of our own BFG Kim Kershaw. No experience necessary but parental supervision a must. No need to sign up – just come along and give it a whack!
hand forged metal
art for sale
Hand forged is the new black. At this years Festival you’ll be presented with an eclectic mix of Australian metal art and hand-forged homewares. Come on down and pickup something unique and wonderful for your regular (or occasional) squeeze.
Live music, Food Trucks
And outdoor bar
Live music by local band Babaganoush and other wandering musicians will create the musical backdrop for the clanging of hammer and anvil. Bluebonnet BBQ are bringing their vintage food truck Mabel while towing their impressive hand-built meat smoker. Wash down all this deliciousness with a local beer from Two Birds brewery at our outdoor bar or be served an awesome coffee by Moe, the friendliest barista in the West.