Nightide is the new fire and ice-themed winter festival coming to Queenscliff this month – and it’s free

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Nightide is the new fire and ice-themed winter festival coming to Queenscliff this month – and it’s free

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Revel in a night of live music, enchanting soundscapes, local delicacies, and the finest wines and beers or dip in inflatable ice baths and marvel at crackling fire sculptures, culminating in a dazzling fireworks display.

It’s time to bundle up and embrace the cold with the newest event to grace the Bellarine this winter.

From the forward-thinking legends at Searoad Ferries, Queenscliff Music Festival and the Borough of Queenscliff, Nightide is the exciting new fire and ice-themed event taking over the Queenscliff Foreshore on Saturday 24 June, where the magic of frosty nights meets the warmth of community spirit.

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Celebrating the beauty of mid-winter and the winter solstice, this extraordinary celebration promises to immerse visitors in a magical experience filled with vibrant performances, visual spectacles and delectable food and wine offerings.

As the sun sets over the Bellarine, the foreshore will come alive with fire sculptures, music and portable ice baths.

A trail of fire sculptures will be set along the Queenscliff foreshore where visitors can enjoy immersive soundscapes called The Sand Is Always Moving as they meander along the beach. The dramatic soundscapes provide a response to the physical and emotional environment of Queenscliff as an ocean-facing town.

The thoughtfully curated free event will also include pop-up bars, musical performances, and an array of food and wine experiences fit for a winter solstice celebration. Think nitrogen ice cream, mulled wine and food trucks. While the lineup of performing artists is yet to be announced, you can expect a diverse range of talent that will keep you entertained all evening.


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Upstairs at the new Queenscliff Ferry Terminal, there will be live music and wine tastings where visitors can relax, warm up or explore the facilities of the new building.

For an elevated winter solstice experience, a private fire and ice themed ticketed dinner event – Glacial Ember – will be hosted by Executive chef Michael Demagistris and Head Chef Ryan James from restaurant TARRA. The team will create a dazzling four-course shared menu, plus a wine pairing option. Bookings to this are essential with just 50 tickets available. Super exclusive and entirely indulgent.

The event will conclude with a spectacular operatic sky finale where multi-award-winning soprano Lee Abrahmsen will deliver a breathtaking performance, culminating in a fireworks display at 9pm.

Visitors will be able to access Nightide from the Queenscliff Pier from 4pm, or from 6pm at the new Queenscliff Ferry Terminal.

Nightide is a free event open to the public and promises to be an unforgettable experience for families, friends and visitors alike.

It all goes down at the Queenscliff Foreshore on June 24 from 4pm. For more information about Nightide, head here