Not only is Orange one of NSW’s most picturesque regional areas, but it’s also one of the most abundant when it comes to fresh produce and wine. The region is renowned for its variety of gourmet goods, and Orange F.O.O.D Week is a mouthwatering celebration of it all.
From Friday 5 April to Sunday 14 April, Orange will play host to over 90 events that will showcase more than 40 local cellar doors and farm gates. The program is stacked with classes, fairs, tours, feasts and more that will be sure to satisfy any foodie. Some of the highlight events include the Autumn Grazing Dinner in Blayney and the F.O.O.D Train. The Grazing Dinner involves a relaxed wander from the stunning Blayney Village to Carrington Park, followed by a three-course feast of local wine and seasonal produce at the hands of guest chef Richard Learmonth. The F.O.O.D Train is a weekend affair that begins with a light breakfast and train ride from Sydney. Upon arrival in Orange, guests get to enjoy country lunches, FORAGE dinner at Racine, breakfast and an included two nights accommodation.
The F.O.O.D HQ, open nearly every day of the festival, will be one of the best spots to try a variety of the fresh produce that’s grown in the region. Visitors will be able to meet and chat with the local producers, and of course, try their products. Some of the producers at F.O.O.D HQ will include quail farmers, beekeepers, cheese makers, olive and hazelnut growers and cider makers.
Three Blue Ducks dinner
To kick off Orange F.O.O.D Week this year, Sydney’s Three Blue Ducks in Rosebery will be hosting a special event dinner on Monday 4 March. The dinner will be showcasing some of Orange’s best produce and wine, and guests will have the chance to meet and dine with some of the producers and winemakers. Grab your tickets here.
Sculpture in an Orange Garden
As well as the food festival, Orange will also play host to another significant event in April; Sculpture in an Orange Garden. Held on the weekend of 13 and 14 April, the exhibition will showcase some of Australia’s most prominent sculpturists within one of Orange’s most stunning private gardens, Rosemont. Sculpture in an Orange Garden is an initiative by the Friend of the Orange Regional Gallery (FORG). They will also be hosting a Preview Cocktail Party on Friday 12 April, whereby guests will be privy to a sneak peak of the works that will be on display. Tickets for the cocktail party can be booked here.
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