Category: Events

Orange Firefest – Come Wassailing With Us!

Come Wassailing With Us!

Date: Sat 4 Aug

Time: 5pm – 9.30pm

Location: Canobolas Dance Hall – 504 Canobolas Road, Orange

Event cost: $77.19 (booking fee included)

Join Small Acres Cyder, See Saw wines and Canobolas Dance Hall for an evening of wassailing, bonfires, music by The Honey Drippin’ Mudskippers and entertainment while we bless the grape vines and apple and cherry orchards in preparation for Spring.

To wassail :: drink alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way.
Wassailing :: The ancient custom of visiting food/beverage producing area, reciting incantations and singing to the trees to awaken the plants and to scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest of fruit.

Local wassailing dancers and musicians will provide the evening’s entertainment while Jo Robson catering will spoil you with a locally inspired 2 course meal. Your ticket also includes a drink on arrival – either See Saw Prosecco or Small Acres Cyder’s Sparkling Perry – pear champagne.

Additonal drinks will be available for $7 per glass or $25 per bottle. Please bring cash.

Rug up, bring your dancing shoes and your friends for a fun and frivolous winter’s night!


01 May
Fiona Hall

Cooks combine for Orchard Lunch

Two of Orange’s most renowned cooks will team up in one of the region’s most iconic settings for the signature event of the Orange Apple Festival this weekend.

Josie Chapman of ‘The Convent’ fame and legendary food educator Lesley Russell will present ‘The Orchard Lunch’ at Bite Riot Apples in the foothills of Mount Canobolas on Sunday from 11.30am.

Owner of Bite Riot Apples and festival committee member Fiona Hall says the event, like the festival, is all about celebrating our city’s love affair with the apple.

“We’re so excited to be working with Lesley and Josie on this event, which connects the producers with the people who love our apples” she said.

“We have a gorgeous setting picked out in the orchard, or if the weather isn’t kind to us we will dine in the Canobolas Hall nearby.”

The event is a collaboration of several local businesses, including cider producers Small Acres Cyder and Sacred Valley Cider who are providing the lunches’ liquid component.

The Bite Riot team will also be conducting an educational tour of the packing shed, state of the art processing facilities and orchard, prior to the lunch at 10am.

Live music will be provided by talented local musician Matt Arthur.

Mrs Hall said the event has been made possible only with the help of festival sponsor Harris Farm Markets and the team at Brand Orange.

Tickets are $85 per person. To book phone 02 6365 3477 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, or email anytime to request tickets.