Winter Fire Festival
WHEN: 2–4 August
WHAT: Now in its
2nd year, the three-day festival showcases Orange and its surrounding villages
through a program of bonfire events, char-grilled feasts, campfire cooking,
fireside reading and award-winning wines.
makers, producers, authors, winemakers, shop owners, restaurateurs, and chefs
from the Orange region.
in 2019 include:
Markets: Kick off this year’s festivities from 5pm on Friday 2 August at
the hallmark event of the festival, night markets in the historic Millthorpe
Village. Free to attend, vendors this year will include Fresh Fodder soups,
Second Mouse cheese toasties, beers from Beekeepers Inn and wine from Cumulus,
Rikard, Twisted River, Antonio’s and Slow Wine Co.
Fondue by the fire:
Dip into melted cheese fondue as you snuggle up by the fire at Rowlee Wines
with a glass of wine. 12pm, 3–4 August for $45 per person.
Winter at Heifer
Station: Spend a perfect winter afternoon with a bonfire at Heifer Station
Wines on Saturday 3 August – glasses of wine and rustic mugs of goulash, while
children devour cheese toasties, hot chocolate and fire-toasted marshmallows.
Readers and Writers
Festival: Hear from five guest authors as they speak about their latest works
including Meg Keneally, Tim Ayliffe, Summer Land, Felicity McLean and keynote
speaker Debra Adelaide. Tickets are $90 each. Saturday 3 August.
Orange’s very own fleece experts, Adagio Mills will run a knitting workshop
from 3pm on Saturday 3 August. Test out your knitting skills and take a tour of
the mill to see how the yarn is made. Tickets are $65 per person and include
all the materials you’ll need.
Feast and Fire Long
Lunch: Join Botanica Flora’s workshop in Millthorpe’s historic theatre to
learn how to build your very own centrepiece using foraged florals and foliage.
Head to local hatted restaurant Tonic where a winter feast long lunch awaits.
Tickets are $90 per person – Sunday 4 August from 11am.
Fire it up: Soak
up a night of music, light and art as Orange’s cultural centre, The Building,
is transformed into a winter performance and visual arts hub on Friday 2
August. Featuring performances by ARIA award-winning songwriter Mike Carr and
local musicians Kyle Manning and Amy Viola. Tickets are $50 per person.
There are plenty of additional activities in Orange:
- Stroll along the boutique shops of Orange to
find hidden treasures from Mary & Tex Curious Emporium, The
Barrett leather goods, Ferment the Orange Wine Centre, The Corner Store
- Take off on one of the region’s walks, trails
and bike tracks where you can enjoy the rich landscape and
along with native fauna.
- Pamper yourself at one of the local boutique
spas, including Macquarie Medi Spa and Anula Healing.
For the full program, more information and tickets, visit www.orangewinterfirefestival.com.au