Winter Warmers :: Celebrating Winter in The Southern Highlands
While we readily admit that trackie-daks and Uggs should form part of any well-balanced winter wardrobe, we also believe that there comes a point when one must step away from the slippers and make plans that necessitate ‘leave-the-house’ attire. The risk of inadvertent hibernation is real, friends. The Fold is committed to doing what we can to prevent this from happening to you. Check out our list of happenings across the Highlands that are bound to have you swapping your Snuggie for snazzy boots and blazer.
On Saturday 6th July Bundanoon’s celebration of all things winter kicks-off with an Opening Night Street Party. This family-friendly, community event begins at 5pm and will feature live music, plenty of food and drink, an ice rink and perhaps even a sprinkling of snowflakes… so exciting!! Winterfest continues for the whole week with a very cool program of activities and performances for the whole family. There’s cooking and fitness classes, an art exhibition, film screenings, craft workshops, some fab live shows, a singalong at the pub and a visit from the Zoomobile. Loads of wintery fun to enjoy!
June in the Southern Highlands means that it’s Pie Time! A hugely popular festival celebrating all things pie (mmmmm….pies), Pie Time serves up competitions, plenty of fun pie-related events – seriously, everything you can think of! – special pie trails and drives, all culminating in Pie FEST, a two day event at Bong Bong Racecourse with delicious food (and loads of pies, of course), live music and the super-relaxed community atmosphere the Highlands is so well known for. The Pie Time competition winners have also been announced. If you fancy taste testing some for yourself, here is a list of where to go to get some award-winning pies!
Hunting and gathering is in our DNA, right? That’s why we love heading out into the forests and farms of The Highlands with some awesome food foraging experts. Gather your ingredients and then cook up some lunch by the campfire with Biota’s Gather and Cook events running throughout the winter months. Go truffle hunting on June 29 with Wild Food Adventures. If you like your dining a little fine, check out the Paddock. Palette. Palate event at Hopewood House which starts with a truffle hunt at Robertson Farm and finishes with a 5-course degustation menu back at Hopewood. Fab!
With so much frosty fun to get through, you’ll need to find a spot to chill that is family friendly, has great food and service and of course, a roaring fire. Some of the fireplace-adorned hangouts we adore include:
Christmas in July
Christmas comes but twice a year to the Southern Highlands! For Yuletide celebrations with all of the trimmings and none of the stress, take a peep at all of the Christmas in July celebrations hosted by fabulous venues all around the Highlands. Any excuse for mulled wine, a delicious roast and pudding, we say!
Live and Local
We love live music here at The Fold. We also love visiting our local pubs, bars and clubs to support the live music scene in The Highlands. They’re always so cosy and warm! Or if you need to elevate the body temperature a little bit more, there’s nothing like a boogie on the dance floor to warm yourself up! Check out local entertainment options and performances for the winter months in our Event Directory.
There’s something a little magical about high tea, don’t you think? Delicate finger sandwiches, teeny tiny pretty desserts – it almost seems a shame to pop them in your mouth! – and of course, scones with jam and cream. Add in a cup of tasty tea and some champers and you’ve got yourself a fabbo high tea experience. Right, that just made us super hungry….guess we’re going to need this list of where to head in The Highlands for some delicious high tea.
A plethora of fantastic ways to celebrate the colder months. Bring it on, we say!
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Article updated by The Fold team in June 2019.