Darker Days 2017, Bright

Embrace the darkness of winter in Bright. Taste the High Country’s best winter beers. Warm your soul by the flames. Feast on the finest winter treats. Hear, see and dance to the mountain’s songs.

Play in the dark, thrive in the night!

A new festival celebrating Victoria’s Alpine winter will set Bright alight on Saturday the 1st of July this year.

Darker Days will bring together High Country producers and operators, entertainers, beer lovers and families to toast the season and welcome the return of lighter days following the Winter Solstice.

The family friendly festival will be centred around locally produced dark beers and warming foods, along with live music and winter activities. After the sun sets, Bright Brewery’s riverside lands will truly come alive with a spectacular ceremonial burning of a giant wooden structure in the shape of the brewery’s logo, which was revealed at the recent Bright Autumn Festival Gala Day parade.

“Darker Days will be a diverse celebration of winter in the mountains,” says Bright Brewery marketing manager, James Davidson.

“It will revolve around themes of winter, fire and togetherness, with a range of food, drink, entertainment and activities to warm and inspire everyone during the dark days of the High Country winter,” he says.

“We’re inviting local brewers to showcase their dark and winter beers. There will be no pale ales or lagers available, unless the beer has a specific winter twist.”

James says they’ve also lined up a delicious selection from local wineries and a cider maker to serve mulled cider, plus gourmet winter foods and treats from local producers.

“We’ll be gathering around multiple fires to make damper and to roast marshmallows and chestnuts, with local wordsmiths and poets to tell campfire tales and maybe even a ghost story or two. It will be a full day of mid-winter fun!”

DARKER DAYS essentials:

Bright Brewery presents DARKER DAYS – a dark beer & mid-winter festival featuring dark/winter beers from the High Country, local wines & cider, gourmet food vendors, live music & entertainment, fireside activities, bush poets and campfire stories, dancing and more!

WHERE: Bright Brewery’s block, 123 Great Alpine Road (a large marquee will ensure rain or snow do not affect the event).

WHEN: Saturday 1 July 2017 from 1-11pm.

COST: Free entry – all ages welcome.

Confirmed featured brewers: Black Dog Brewery, Blizzard Brewing, Bridge Road Brewers, Sweetwater Brewing Co, Thirsty Crow Brewery (Wagga), Nightingale Alpine Cider.

Confirmed featured performers: Mcrobin, Molly’s Dream, the Hillbilly DJs, Bright Wordsmiths & Poets, NovaStar Productions and more to be announced soon!

Other vendors: Boynton’s Winery/Feathertop Wines (Porepunkah), Remedy Gin (Bright), Alpine Airstream Coffee (Bright), The Wandi Pub (Wandiligong), Flour & Water pizza (Mt Beauty), Bright Pops (Bright), Chestnuts Australia, Whipps Design and more!