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A celebration of everything we love about Orange. Capacity is limited, and tickets are essential.

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Free event, limited capacity. Hurry!

Join us for Zest Fest, a free event in Orange, proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Orange City Council and our amazing sponsors. We’re transforming our central streets into the ultimate street party, spilling over into Robertson Park.

It’s not just a music festival—it’s a zestacular celebration of everything we adore about Orange! We’re bringing you the finest contemporary beats straight from our region’s soul.

Picture this: the finest local food, bars, and wineries, all in one place, basking in the spring sunshine. Grab your picnic rugs, camp chairs, and the whole family for a day of dancing, celebrating, and peeling off the winter blues at Zest Fest.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's Robbo Park?

Robertson Park, duh.

Why do we have to get a ticket if this event is free?

This is for two reasons. The first being that it helps us keep track of numbers and how many people to expect. The second is the basic data tickets provide. For example, we want to know where people came from and their ages. We will also send out a post-event survey asking if you support Orange City Council doing bigger and better events. Please complete it. It gives us important data to help us improve and demonstrate the importance of thriving events to our community.  

Can I bring my own food or alcohol?

Please leave your eskies at home but bring your camp chairs and picnic rugs. We have plenty of great food for purchase and, being a licensed event, alcohol will be available to purchase.  

Is Zest Fest a family-friendly event?

Absofruitly – please accompany your children at all times. 

What happens if I can no longer attend?

Please, please cancel your ticket. This makes attendance considerably easier to track.  

What is the capacity for the day?

This is the first event of this scale that we have held in our CBD. As such, capacity will be determined on the day, but we expect it to be around 5000. 

Why does my ticket only guarantee me entry between 3pm and 4pm?

As this is a free event, it is difficult to manage attendance. When tickets are free, the expected drop-out rate for an event is 50 to 60%. To try to manage this, we will put a certain number of tickets out for grabs pre-event. The condition of these tickets is that entry is only guaranteed from 3pm to 4pm. If, as expected, we get a 50% drop-out, we will open tickets to the public again at 4pm, meaning there should be plenty of opportunity to come if you didn’t get a ticket pre-event.  If you arrive after 4pm your ticket is still valid, but admission is subject to the capacity of the event.

What happens when the event sells out?

When tickets are free, the expected drop-out rate for an event is 50 to 60%. To try to manage this, we will put a certain number of tickets out for grabs pre-event. The condition of these tickets is that entry is only guaranteed from 3pm to 4pm. If, as expected, we get a 50% drop-out, we will open tickets to the public again at 4pm, meaning there should be plenty of opportunity to come if you didn’t get a ticket pre-event.  If you arrive after 4pm your ticket is still valid, but admission is subject to the capacity of the event. 

Is there parking at this event?

No, we are beholden to the infrastructure already in place in our city. Please either get dropped off or leave your car at home and walk into the event. 

Are dogs allowed?

We are sorry, but no. It is an uncomfortable risk for us for dogs to attend. We want more events like this to happen, however, if an incident were to occur with someone’s dog this may hamper our mission to create more vibrant events for our community. In the future there is a chance we may allow doggos. 

Are there cash machines at the event?

No, there will be no cash machines at the event. Most, if not, all, vendors will be cash free.  

Why is the event being held on our streets?

This event has been made possible by the Transport for NSW Open Street Program. The purpose of this grant is to temporarily close streets to vehicles for a day, or a series of days, to open them to people with placemaking activations. The Open Streets Program aims to inject vibrancy into our streets and help create thriving local places that support businesses, creative sectors and the community through events and activations. 

What happens in the event of poor weather?

In the event of poor weather, you will be notified a few days prior to the event of the move to our weather-contingent venue, the Naylor Pavillion at the Showgrounds. Please also keep your eyes peeled on socials for updates. In the event of the move our capacity is going to be reduced considerably, unfortunately this is unavoidable. In this instance admission to the event will be on a first come, first served basis. The conditions of your ticket will still remain

What sustainability initiatives will be taken for this event?

There will be zero single-use plastic cups at this event. The event is free to attend, but if you wish to drink, on arrival you will be invited to purchase a stemless wine glass or a festival cup for $5 or $10 respectively. If these sell out, a profit may be made, all of which will go straight back into making Orange’s community events better. The cups will be plastic for the safety and cleanliness of our public spaces. They will be re-usable, hand wash only.  

How do we help this become an annual event?

You are already helping by booking a ticket and providing us with basic data, which is good for multiple reasons. The way we can create better events is if we can prove their success. We will determine this by looking at the postcodes of where people came from and thus contributed to our local businesses (encourage your friends from out of town to come), and the ages of who attends our events, for example. We will also be sending out a post-event survey so if you support this event please complete it. It gives us very handy data to help us improve and demonstrate the importance of thriving events to our community. 

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