WinterWild Festival 2019

Fri 16th August, 2019 – Sun 1st September, 2019
Price: $0-$475
Apollo Bay’s boundary-pushing arts, food and music festival, known for its nocturnal fireside performances, is back – now with a full daytime program too.

Get out of Melbourne and among deep rainforest and wild ocean at WinterWild. This year’s theme is “Visions and Ecstasies”, and the immersive program – spread over two weekends – features drumming, meditation, ice bathing, mind and body workshops and panel discussions on sacred plant medicines.

Experimental Melbourne arts organisation These Are The Projects We Do Together will install a 200-metre-long, 10-metre-high projection screen in an abandoned quarry for Remain in Light. Wander the quarry floor on Friday August 16 as a series of projections and an ominous original soundtrack flicker in the winter darkness. For Dogwatch, held each Saturday night, assemble on the foreshore around a fire raging in the skeleton of a wrecked boat.

Leading the food program is a gluttonous, three-course feast on Saturday August 31. Ballarat chef Peter Ford will hero the pig (in the Chinese year of the pig); out of the smoke will come spit-roasted meat, porchetta and sausages, plus ham and charcuterie. On-theme dessert will be bacon-and-honey ice cream with golden-syrup dumplings and baked quince. There’ll also be a giant-puppet performance by Footscray’s Snuff Puppets and subversive burlesque by Janelle Da Silva. Meanwhile, the nearby Masala Bay Restaurant will throw an entirely plant-based, eight-course Indian feast.

My Year Without Meat author, Richard Cornish, will return to host a deep dive into the so-called “fifth taste”, umami.

There’ll also be live music by underground Melbourne DJs Otologic, Salvador Darling, DJ Seagull, DJ Kiti, Canadian blues rockers Los Borrachos and baroque musician Max Riebl.

Find the full program and more information here.

This article was updated on August 14 to remove a cancelled event.