Is Ballarat's best toastie made by schoolgirls?
Loreto College VCAL students have put their tastiest toastie idea forward for Plate Up Ballarat's Toast of Ballarat competition - and it certainly stands out from the rest of the entries.
Students will reveal the details of their sweet spin on a toastie at Loreto College on Wednesday morning.
The toasted delight featuring fairy floss and caramelised banana will be served by students at Turret Cafe on Monday and Tuesday from 11am to 2pm during the next two weeks.
Turret Cafe owner Carmel West will provide Loreto College's VCAL students with the opportunity to work in the kitchen with their teacher to make the toasties and serve them directly to the cafe's customers.
Loreto College head of VCAL Jill Wheatland said it was a fantastic opportunity for the students to sell their toastie entry to the public, while gaining real world skills and experience in hospitality.
Turret Cafe owner Ms West said real world educational experiences were imperative to the future of the hospitality industry in Ballarat.
"This will give them a great taste of what the hospitality industry is all about," she said.
Loreto Colleges sweet toastie will be included on a Plate Up Ballarat's Ultimate Toastie Table on Friday.
You have a chance to win one of five double passes to the indulgent toastie lunch at the Pub With Two Names on Friday at 1pm.
See all the toasties on offer throughout May below.
Purchase a toastie at any of the participating restaurants in the gallery above and submit your review at the bottom of this page.
In 50 words or less, write a short review of the toastie you have eaten (or multiple toasties) and you will have a chance to win.
Entries close on Tuesday, May 14 and winners must be available for the Toastie Table event at 1pm on Friday, May 17.
Meanwhile, Turret Cafe's own toastie featuring Salt Kitchen Charcuterie Pastrami, Meredith Goats Cheese and roasted pumpkin, is selling well.
Plate Up Ballarat director Kate Davis said in the first week of Toast of Ballarat some venues sold up to 100 toasties.
"It is definitely bringing people out to the venues," she said.
"People are searching for what they want and going in and trying them, and many are buying drinks and sides too, so there is bigger economic impact."
Peter Ford of Peter Ford Catering will be helping advise judges at the toastie tasting day on Friday.
It is bringing people in close contact with food in a setting where producers are the heroes.Peter Ford
He said Ballarat's May food festival Plate Up Ballarat was encouraging camaraderie and collaboration in the hospitality industry to make Ballarat live up to its claim as a food and wine destination.
"It is bringing people in close contact with food in a setting where producers are the heroes," he said.
"Our venues get to showcase our producers in their best light and promote them. It is great for the food industry as a whole."
Tickets are available for Plate Up Ballarat events that run throughout the month of May.
As well as writing a review of your favourite toastie to enter The Courier's competition, you can vote for your favourite toastie at plateupballarat.com.au.
Enter the competition here.