THE Slow Summer festival has concluded, in a form that will probably not be repeated.
Taste Orange executive officer Rhonda Sear said while the festival had several popular events that appealed to the public, the length of the festival would probably be condensed to just a few days next year.
“Our events like Pups in the Park, the Night Market and A Day at the Beach were extremely popular and will be retained,” she said.
She said a revamp of the festival would maintain the theme of relaxing and enjoying the sights and sounds of Orange surrounded by family and friends in warmer weather.
“If we run Slow Summer over a weekend, for say three or four days, it will be a welcome back to Orange for residents who have been away as well as offering something to visitors,” Mrs Sear said.
She believes Slow Summer still has a place in Orange’s busy festival schedule, which includes FOOD Week in April, Frost Fest in August and Wine Week in October.
Mrs Sear said Taste Orange would review the schedule for Slow Summer, bearing in mind the resources available to organise a festival at such a busy time of the year, including organisers and coordinators of events.
“Realistically, it is a busy time of year and so much additional effort has to go into organisation because people are so stretched with commitments just before Christmas and then often plan to go on holidays early in January,” she said.
“By hosting Slow Summer for a few days over the weekend before the kids go back to school it will be a nice transition from holidays,” she said.