Who needs beach weather? Embrace the chill with a festival devoted to keeping you warm in winter
Melburnians are like houseplants: we don’t need the sun to survive. In fact, our city’s love of food, art and culture makes winter one of the hottest times of the year (figuratively speaking). Embrace the chill at the Firelight Festival, which celebrates the best things about winter – food, drinking, storytelling and of course, fire.
The opening weekend will include pyrotechnic displays, roving performers, live music and plenty of comfort food (hello mulled wine!). You won't feel the chill between the flame jets and fire drums. Plus the mix of music – everything from jazz to punky brass bands – will keep you entertained. Into art? Gaze up at Melbourne-based artist Christian Patton’s giant wooden sculptures, one of which will be set alight each night. Hot chocolate will be in abundance, so make sure you grab a mug (or two).
Another highlight of the festival is sure to be the fireside storytelling session, hosted by special guest Jo Stanley (of Gold104's breakfast show). Join her for a cosy storytelling session around the campfire while you treat yourself to a dining hamper created by pig purveyor Saluministi and chocolatier Kep Whitley. BYO picnic rug and snuggly blankets.
Bars and restaurants in the area are also running specials for the festival, so keep a sharp eye (and hungry belly).