The frost and cold temperatures will be welcomed and celebrated with the upcoming Orange Frost Fest, starting on the 3rd of August, and running through until the 12th.
The annual Frost Fest, which is now in its fourth year, has grown significantly to be the largest winter festival of its type in the NSW Central West. With a theme of ‘Fire & Ice’, the festival is designed to engage the community at a time when it is easy to hibernate in the warmth of home.
The festival will inject a range of activities in to the winter season, including the 2012 Frost Fest Art Competition, Exhibition and Art Trails.
The Frost Fest program comprises a huge range of events, including a performance at the Orange Regional Conservatorium, Gala Dinner at the historic Duntry League, ‘Pinot Noir and Photography’ tastings, dance and guitar workshops, basket weaving, movie nights and venison dinners.
Many of the local winemakers and farm-gates will be involved, ensuring that the region’s food and wine continues to be showcased.
The marque events for the festival include the following:
Frost Fest Art Festival
One of the key attractions to this year’s Orange Frost Fest is the art festival. This competition is open to amateur and professional artists, from the Orange and surrounding region, and caters for paintings, drawings, etchings, woodcuts as well as sculptures and ceramics. Total prize money of $7,000 will ensure a captivating range of entries.
Opening night: Saturday 4th August 2012, 6pm to 9.00pm
Exhibition: 5th – 11th August 2012, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Venue: Orange Function Centre, Orange
Cost: Gold coin donation
Contact: 0406 316 612
Frost Fest Rugby Art Auction
The local derby takes on a whole new look, with players from the Orange Emus Rugby Club taking on the Orange City Rugby Club in a charity fundraising venture that will see each of the players preparing a piece of art.
The players will be carefully coached by local artists prior to applying their new skill to the canvas. The theme of ‘Fire & Ice’ will need to be addressed, with the final pieces up for auction during half time at each game.
Who will release their inner artistic flair? Who will raise the most funds? The ‘piggies’ or the ‘princesses’; forwards versus backs.
Orange Emus – 3.15pm, Saturday 4th August 2012, Endeavour Oval. Auction at half time
Orange City – 3.15pm, Saturday 11th August 2012, Waratah Sportsground. Auction at half time
Frost Fest Art Trail
Orange and its surrounding regions will be a blaze of colour and discovery with 19 art sites involved. The galleries will be opened in Orange, Millthorpe, Molong and Canowindra with a range of exhibitions.
As well, the 120 km ‘Animals on Bikes Trail’ paddock art, which includes over 100 sculptures from Molong to Dubbo Zoo, will be joining the festivities.
Junior Cooking Masterclasses
Orange’s Masterchef winner, Kate Bracks will be joining the ABC’s resident chef Lindl Taylor in one of the region’s most successful cooking schools, the Junior Cooking Masterclass. During previous festivals, these classes have been extremely well attended, with Kate and Lindl offering hands on lessons about seasonal produce and its transformation from produce to plate.
Date: Saturday 11th August 2012
Sessions: 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.30pm and 4.00pm
Venue: Croagh Patrick Building, Park Street, Orange
Cost: $25.00 per child (ages 8 to 15)
Bookings: +61 2 6360 1990
The full program is available online at the Taste Orange website here >> www.tasteorange.com.au/frostfest