ORANGE WINTER FIRE FESTIVAL RETURNS THIS AUGUST
Extend the weekend and celebrate winter in the region
Monday 27 May 2019
The Winter Fire Festival in the picturesque Orange region will return on 2-4 August. Now in its 2nd year, the three-day festival showcases Orange and its surrounding villages at its winter best, with a program that’s guaranteed to fire up its attendees.
This year’s festival will take guests on a journey of bonfire events, char-grilled feasts, campfire cooking, boutique shopping, award-winning wine, arts and crafts, and artisan makers. It also sees the inclusion of the popular Orange Readers and Writers Festival, featuring headline author Meg Keneally (Monsarrat and Fled). The festival presents the perfect opportunity for book clubs to head to the central west for a weekend of ‘fireside reading’.
Managing Director of regional tourism initiative Orange360, Caddie Marshall says: “We’re so proud to be showcasing what we love about this region in winter. As winter approaches, stillness descends on the Orange region as the landscape rests, though doesn’t idle. Frosted mornings and sprinklings of snow are followed by bright sunshine days that filter the crisp mountain air. Produce goes to ground and hearty vegetables fill our bowls, as we sip red wine and gather around the bonfire, sharing stories and laughter with friends and strangers under starry crystal clear skies, during the annual Winter Fire Festival.”
The Fires in the Sky dinner is the newest fixture on the 2019 program, held on Saturday 3 August from 4pm. The magical evening will take guests on a star gazing journey with Wiradjuri locals, along with indigenous arts activities and a ‘bush tucka’ feast. Catered by indigenous local Gerald Power over fire pits, the feast includes emu, kangaroo, Warrigal greens and Johnny Cakes. Tickets are $70 per adult and $40 per child.
Festival highlights include:
Millthorpe Night Markets – Friday 2 August
Kick off this year’s festivities at the hallmark event of the festival, night markets in the historic Millthorpe Village. Free to attend, vendors this year will include Spilt Milk gelato, beers from Beekeepers Inn and wine from Cumulus, Rikard, Twisted River, Antonio’s and Slow Wine Co.
Fire it up – Saturday 3 August
Orange’s cultural centre, The Building, will be transformed into a winter performance and visual arts hub for a night of music, light and art. Featuring performances by ARIA-award winning songwriter Mike Carr and local musicians Kyle Manning and Amy Viola. Tickets are $50 per person.
Cooking with Fire at Philip Shaw – Saturday 3 August
Take a journey to southern Italy with Paolo Gatto of Sydney’s Sud restaurant. Paolo will be cooking an authentic Italian feast inspired by his childhood and his Nonna’s cooking, with dishes cooked in a wood fired oven. Starting at 7pm, the dinner will be paired with matched wines selected by Philip Shaw winemaker, Daniel Shaw. Tickets are $120 per person.
Rikard at Racine – Sunday 4 August
Warm up with a fireside three-course feast at Racine Restaurant, paired with a selection of Rikard Wines’ pinot noirs and shiraz. Hear from William Rikard-Bell, 2019’s Young Gun of Wine Top 50, as he explains the vineyard’s hand-made wines. Tickets are $160 per person.
This year’s festival will be building on the success of the inaugural event, which attracted more than 5,000 people. Winter Fire Festival complements the Orange region’s year-round program of events including Orange Wine Festival and Orange FOOD Week.
The full festival program is available here. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.orangewinterfirefestival.com.au
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Biarta Parnham (The Cru) | 0438 337 408 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Orange360 is a new joint regional tourism initiative between Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council and Cabonne Council. Orange360 encompasses everything that colours the Orange region, all year round, uniting the people, places and produce which make the New South Wales region unique.