July 1, 2019 / By Claire Atteia
The wonders of winter are all around us at the moment, with hearty meals, red wine, thick sweaters and curling up on the couch de rigueur. You might think it isn’t the time for a food and wine festival, but for Orange this certainly isn't the case with the second fabulous Winter Fire Festival running from 2–4 August. Imagine all your favourite things about winter rolled into a three-day exploration of eating, drinking and bonfires, and you have this festival in a warm nutshell. If you venture out of your home for no other event this winter, do it for a festival dedicated to the magic of the flame.
Orange in winter is a beautiful thing to behold. Enjoy clear days and star-filled nights served up with a side of food, fireplaces and fantastic wines. In fact, it is this perfect winter atmosphere that inspired the creation of the Orange Winter Fire Festival, which is now returning for its second year. Inspired by the traditional cracker night campfire, the Orange Winter Fire Festival offers visitors a feast of chargrilled meats and quality wines at venues all around Orange, all centred around the magic of the winter bonfire.
Start the festival fun off with the fire and food market at Philip Shaw’s on Friday 2 August, or head Millthorpe way for the popular night market that same night. An ideal introduction to the Orange Winter Fire Festival as well as the region itself, both markets are a fabulous chance to sample the regions delicious eats and drinks all the while enjoying live music and a winter wonderland scene.
On Saturday, the big fires are lit and there’s an enormous variety of events scheduled for those looking to have fun and stay warm in Orange. From dancing and wassailing at Canobolas Dance Hall to hot cocktails and BBQ at The Oriana and rustic fireside feasts with the folks from the Old Convent and Strawhouse Wines, there's plenty to choose from.
If your focus is on food, on the Saturday night Paolo Gatto from Sud restaurant in Sydney will be in town for his spin on a Southern Italian Feast at Phillip Shaw Wines. Or for a lazy Sunday lunch, take yourself to La Colline Vineyard for a three course winter fireside lunch with chef Shaun Arantz and young gun of wine William Rikard-Bell.
More naturally-inclined? Make your way to Dindima Wines or Swinging Bridge Wines for a tour of the night sky by expert astronomers offering both European and Indigenous perspectives, or even explore it yourself with an iPad and a side of mulled wine at Montoro Wines. At each of the venues, you’ll be treated to the best in local foods and drinks, and of course the great wine that Orange is known for far and wide!
So join in this unique regional event with markets, food, stars, wine, bonfires and so much more.
For more information on the events described, or to get tickets the winter bonfire magic, check out the Orange Winter Fire Festival website today.
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