About Us

The Ballarat Apron Festival is a not-for-profit, volunteer-managed community event aimed at celebrating vintage and modern aprons of all descriptions. The next festival will be held in May 2018 in conjunction with the Ballarat Heritage Weekend. Get involved by making an apron for the competition, visiting the event and buying an apron, joining in the fun make-and-take sessions over the weekend, and enjoying some delicious morning and afternoon tea. A great festival for the whole family!

The Ballarat Apron Festival AGM is being held soon. If you are a member and would like to nominate for a Committee position, please download a Nomination Form and submit by 23 November 2017.

Committee Member Profiles

14040013_565760386936806_6531098746776902034_nLori Howlett

President, Director of Communication & Marketing

A love of craft and vintage, and a fond memory of an apron passed down from her late Nanna led Lori to become involved in the Ballarat Apron Festival. While she no longer has that mauve floral apron that once belonged to her grandmother (it wore out long ago), her apron collection is growing again, and she embraces any opportunity to sew them for other family members.

Lori has a background in Environmental and Cultural Heritage Management, and after spending time raising her family, has been volunteering at Sovereign Hill and the Gold Museum for the last couple of years. This year will see Lori complete her Honours year research project in Environmental Science.


2017-01-15 09.03.05Liz Marsden

Vice-President, Director of Social Media & Advertising

A curator hailing from northern New South Wales, Elizabeth is currently Collections Manager at The Sovereign Hill Museums Association where she is allowed to indulge her love of all things old and vintage.

She has worked with varied heritage collections in Australia and the Netherlands, where she resided for a number of years. After a decade back in Australia, Elizabeth and her family have now firmly set down roots in the Ballarat region. She sees her involvement with the Ballarat Apron Festival Committee as a way of giving back to the local community through a shared love of all things apron.


LynneLynne Sheedy

Secretary, Chief Executive Officer

A passion for cooking, and often being described as a messy cook passionate cook, led Lynne to the love of Aprons.  Their practical application of keeping clothes clean lead her husband to buy a leather one for his workshop or man cave (he is excited as it has front pockets for his welding rods, no more welding burns on his clothes).   Lynne’s collection of Aprons began to grow, an Apron for every season and every dish. Sometimes the Apron outshone the cooking.  Her love for Aprons & Community events lead Lynne to take on the leadership role for the Ballarat Apron Festival.

Lynne has had a long career in Administration working from Receptionist to Company Director of a private business, and in the last few years has undertaken event management in various roles.  Lynne also undertakes various volunteer roles in the community with the L2P Program as a driver mentor, sits on the City of Ballarat’s Community Grant Impact Committee, and is the Publicity Officer for the Ballarat Jazz Club.



StaceyStacey Daciw

Treasurer, Director Volunteers, Competitions & Sponsorship

Stacey has a long history of working in the Administrative field, utilising her talents for being organised and resourceful. She has a love for the outdoors and hiking, exploring Ballarat and surrounds, and is expanding her repertoire of crafting endeavours.

Stacey enjoys giving back to the Ballarat community, and is relishing the opportunity to be involved with the Ballarat Apron Festival – to grow and develop her skills in events management while bringing the community together in a fun way.








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