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Darker Days 2020 date postponed

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

Winter is coming. Embrace the darkness.

Bright Brewery is thrilled to announce that DARKER DAYS 2020 will set Bright alight on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

DARKER DAYS is a festive celebration of dark beer and the Alpine winter, providing a warming, welcome respite from the mid-winter chill.

Festival-goers will gather around crackling campfires, enjoying live music and warming, wintery brews from the High Country’s best breweries, as well as local gin, whiskey, wine, and food. And with free entry, kids’ activities and face-painting, DARKER DAYS is a proudly family-friendly event.

Bright Brewery Marketing and Events Officer Laura Gray said more than 1500 festival-goers are expected to descend on Bright for the weekend, providing a welcome boost to local businesses and tourism operators after a horror start to 2020.

During the Alpine region’s bushfire crisis earlier this year, most local businesses lost a huge percentage of their revenue when Bright, and its 20,000 visitors, were evacuated in early January.

“Bright and the surrounding towns is an absolute tourist Mecca in summer, so the fires had a devastating financial impact on our community,” Ms Gray said.

“But Bright is spectacular all year round and, here at Bright Brewery, we actively encourage people to visit Bright throughout the rest of the year.

“Now in its fourth year, DARKER DAYS is a highlight of the region’s winter events calendar and, this year, it’s more important than ever to the local community that it’s a huge success.

“We had torrential rain and gale force winds last year so we’re hoping Mother Nature is a little bit kinder to us this year but, at the end of the day, it’s a midwinter festival, so we’d love people to come and join us, no matter the weather – just bring your gumboots!”

Joining Bright Brewery at DARKER DAYS will be High Country Brewery Trail bushfire-affected breweries including King River Brewing from Whitfield, and Blizzard Brewing Company from Dinner Plain, both of whom, along with Bright Brewery, had to close their doors and evacuate during the height of the bushfire crisis.

Entry to DARKER DAYS is free but volunteers will be collecting donations for the Bright CFA, which was instrumental in helping protect Bright from the fires.

And, as is tradition, Bright Brewery’s acclaimed Stubborn Russian Imperial Stout will be launched at DARKER DAYS, making festival-goers the first in the country to get their hands on this cult classic.

The full line-up of breweries, live music and other local producers will be announced over the coming weeks.

Event info here.

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