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DARKER DAYS festival returns this winter

Darker Days midwinter festival – live the day, burn the night!

Bright Brewery is excited to announce that the second annual DARKER DAYS festival will set Bright alight on Saturday 30th June 2018.

DARKER DAYS 2018 midwinter festival Bright VictoriaCentred around dark and winter beers produced by the brewers of Victoria’s High Country, DARKER DAYS is a showcase of local produce and activities that celebrate winter in Victoria’s Alpine valleys.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, this family friendly festival will bring together local producers, operators, entertainers, beer lovers and families to toast the season and welcome the return of lighter days following the Winter Solstice.

We had such a fantastic response to the first DARKER DAYS last year and we love providing the opportunity to showcase the region’s best dark and winter beers while surrounded by a festival that turns winter dreariness into a fun, fire-filled and delicious day out.

We learned a great deal from our first crack at running a festival last year, including the need to provide more food and warming drinks, more fire and… just more of everything! So, we started planning early to ensure that DARKER DAYS is bigger and better this year, adding new vendors while also maintaining the relaxed atmosphere of a mid-winter festival surrounded by mountains, fire, food, stories and song.

Some exciting additions to this year’s festival include Backwoods Distilling Co, the new whisky producers from nearby Yackandanda, and the crew from Asylum Ghost Tours in Beechworth who will telling ghost stories around the fires and leading a unique ghost tour around the haunted streets of Bright.

Confirmed for DARKER DAYS 2018: Black Dog Brewery, Blizzard Brewing Co, Bridge Road Brewers, Bright Brewery, King River Brewing, Rutherglen Brewery, Social Bandit Brewing Co,  Sweetwater Brewing Co, Alpine Cider, Billy Button Wines, Reed & Co Distillery, Backwoods Distilling Co, Tolpuddle Goat Cheese & Farm Foods, King Valley Popcorn, The Wingvan, live music, kids activities, Asylum Ghost Tours, a big bonfire and more!


DARKER DAYS will also mark the 2018 launch of Bright Brewery’s annual winter brew, Stubborn Russian Imperial Stout, and will see the return of our other limited release winter favourite, Black Diamond India Black Ale.

DARKER DAYS is a community-minded festival flowing with locally produced beers, wine, cider and spirits, plus warming foods, live music, kids entertainment 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.

The festival will run from 12noon to 9pm on Saturday 30th June at 123 Great Alpine Road, Bright (aka Bright Brewery’s vacant block), with entry a gold coin donation for the local CFA.

So, come gather around the fires to make damper and to roast marshmallows and chestnuts. Hear campfire tales and maybe even a ghost story or two. It will be a full day of mid-winter mountain fun!

Located in Sydney or Canberra and keen to come to DARKER DAYS? Check out the Darker Days Tour Bus available through Dave’s Travel & Events.

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7 comments on “DARKER DAYS festival returns this winter

    • Hi Dave! There’s no tickets required for DARKER DAYS. It’s an open event, there’s just a gold coin donation for the CFA at the entry to get in. Hope you can make it!

    • Hi Jacinta. Yes, DARKER DAYS is a dog friendly event! You’re welcome to bring your four legged friends along.

  1. Hi
    can’t make it this year (last year was fabulous).

    Can u let me know who makes those amazing fire pit bowls (they were patterned up the top)?

    Huge thank you & C u in 2019.

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