Orange Winter Fire festival will go ahead in 2020 | Photos

With COVID-19 restrictions easing, organisers of an upcoming winter festival in Orange are excited to host the three day event after being forced to close a number of popular festival's earlier in the year.

Marketing business Orange 360 were forced to cancel the launch of this year's Orange Food Week, which was scheduled to be held in March, during the city's peak tourism season.

But as more people are allowed to gather outdoors plus at restaurants and regional travel is now allowed, it means that Orange 360 will be able to hold the Winter Fire Festival.

"It really hit really hard when restrictions came into place, we also had the cancellation of the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge as well as a few other events," Emily Mann from Orange360 explained.

"So we're super relieved to be coming out of the other side but absolutely the health and safety of our local community and visitors has been paramount in every aspect of planning for the 2020 Winter Fire Festival."

Ms Mann said in previous years, the festival is kicked off with a night market in Milthorpe, which in 2019 has attracted up to 5000 people.

"But for obvious reasons we can't do an event like that this year so the approach we took for 2020 is to have a more considered curation of smaller events that people can participate in that aren't drawing a huge crowd but still offer an authentic and intimate insight into the Orange region," she explained.

As the priority of the 2020 festival is the health and safety of all involved, the best thing about this year's event is the launch of the VeryLocal Streaming Service.

From the comfort of your own home, guests can celebrate the Orange region and local stories of the people, places and produce.

"For anyone who isn't comfortable or who isn't able to attend one of the events in person can still participant in the festival and get an insight into the region through the streaming service," Ms Mann explained.


There are a range of ticketing options for people to choose from such as a one off pass or a season pass.

Various in person events will also be running this year, but numbers are limited to adhere to social distancing rules.

This includes a limited seating dining experience at Phillip Shaw Wines over two nights and an astronomy and Aboriginal culture experience at Dindima Wines called Fires in the Sky.

Astronomers Trevor and Tina Leaman will guide guests along a fiery night sky journey kindling interest in Indigenous skylore.

The village of Carcoar will also host a unique First Nations Australia meets wild-style Southern Italian dining experience collaboration between Indigenous Cultural Adventures and Antica Australis from July 31 to August 2.

Ms Mann said they wanted to hold a diverse festival that offered something for everyone and while Orange is known for its food and wineries, if you have a 360 degree look at the region there is so much more to offer.

"We are absolutely about honouring our Indigenous heritage and we have a fantastic retail, homewares and fashion scene, plus a beautiful landscape that we celebrate all year round every season," she said.

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