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19 Jun

Come Wassailing with us at the Canobolas Dance Hall – Orange Winter Fire Festival 2019

Join Bite Riot cherries and apples, See Saw wine and Pioneer Brewing Co. beer for an evening of wassailing at the Canobolas Dance Hall. Enjoy bonfires and local music by Lueth Ajak, while we bless the grape vines, as well as the apple and cherry orchards, in preparation for Spring.

DATE: 3rd Aug, 2019

Check out the Orange Winter Firefest Video here – CLICK HERE: Orange Winter Fire Festival 2019

Come wassailing with us! Bonfires, local food, wine, beer & entertainment
Ticket price $85.00

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Wassailing dancers and a local band will provide the evening’s entertainment while Jo Robson Catering will spoil you with a locally inspired 2 course meal at the charming Canobolas Hall. Your ticket also includes a drink on arrival – either See Saw Prosecco or a Pioneer Brewing Co. beer.

Additional drinks will be available for $7 per glass or $25 per bottle for wine and $7 for a 375ml beer.

Rug up, bring your dancing shoes, friends and an old pot and spoon for a fun and frivolous winters night!

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  • Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes – this is strictly an 18+ years event

  • What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There are parking places provided at the property. Taxis are also familiar with the property should you wish to book one for drop off/pick up. Orange also now has multiple Uber drivers.

  • What can I bring into the event?

Strictly no BYO drinks.

  • Come prepared to be outside with warm clothing and flat enclosed shoes.

Please bring an old pot and wooden spoon to join in the wassailing.

  • How can I contact the organiser with any questions?


  • What’s the refund policy?

Full refunds will be provided should we cancel the event due to poor ticket sales. This will be advised 2 weeks in advance, and all money will be refunded. In the event of wet weather we will move into the Canobolas Hall, rather than outside. The event will not be cancelled due to wet weather.

BiteRiot! preparing to send cherries directly to Chinese market for 2018-2019 season

Owner Fiona Hall says BiteRiot! is hoping to air freight at least 3 shipments of fresh cherries a week to China, exporting around 70 tonnes in total. It will be a major boost not having to go through Hong Kong. BiteRiot, along with partner, Vincent Chen of TopFruit, have established distribution facilities in Guangzhou and Shanghai to service the E-commerce channel. To read more or read the article in full, visit Fresh Plaza:


24 Feb
Fiona Hall

Scholarship the Cherry On Top for Fiona

Managing 1,000 tonne of fruit in the recent cherry season, Fiona hasn’t had the time to think about the eventful year ahead until now.

“I’m really excited about the opportunities the Nuffield Scholarship presents,” Fiona said. “Essentially, I’ll get to study ways to close the gap between producer and retailer profits and plan to use the information gathered to further strengthen the Australian market.”

Fiona is managing director of BiteRiot Operations, a holistic cherry growing, packing and marketing operation with a team of 22 growers located in Central NSW.  The business supports growers from agronomy to harvesting, marketing and reporting back to growers. In the 2013/14 season, BiteRiot Operations handled 1000 tonne of fruit, equating to 10 per cent of the Australian crop. The company exports 60 per cent of the crop to Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Dubai and Russia, with the balance going to domestic supermarkets.

Fiona & Bernard Hall also grow apples over four properties located around Orange and two cold storage properties where they pack market apples for themselves and other growers under their ‘BiteRiot’ brand.

She will use her Nuffield Scholarship to investigate how to close the gap between farmgate and retail returns in the apple and cherry industries.

“Our industry adds three times the value of our crop in packing, processing and sorting – I want to look at how we can achieve more value at the farmgate for producers. To understand this I need to study how large packhouses rationalise, streamline, become more transparent, value-add, improve packing, market, use real-time reporting and of course innovate,” she says.

Fiona believes part of the solution is developing an export culture to ensure a sustainable future for growers.

“The industry is under a lot of cost pressure, particularly labour, and to be able to grow we need to take advantage of the opportunities of our clean, green and safe reputation and our location in Asia.

With considerable experience in exporting of cherries, I would like to implement similar strategies into our apple operations,” she explains.

Fiona will visit the UK, USA, China and New Zealand during her studies.

Supported by Horticulture Australia Limited and the Australian Government, the Apple and Pear Australia Limited is also supporting Fiona’s Nuffield Scholarship as part of its strategic plan to encourage the development of future leaders in horticulture and export expertise.

Nuffield Australia is an organisation, which provides an opportunity to Australian farmers to travel overseas on an agricultural research scholarship.

20 Nov
Fiona Hall

Nylate System Installation

Nylate System Installation
Geoff trains Bernard on how to check his ph and nylate levels

Geoff Bliss from Wobelea has spent the past week installing a Nylate system for both the apple and cherry grader dumps. The nylate system sanitizers the water in each of the cherry dumps and other tanks where all the cherries are water flued onto the belts. This investment will further enhance our quality control of our fruit.

The system can be able to remotely accessed (via modem, soon to be web based)  by Wobelea to check on the levels and to assist if any problems. Reports are automatically generated are stored for Fresh Care audits.