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Orange Food Week 2015

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by Linda Moon (subscribe)
... a dreamer, freelance writer, massage therapist, naturopath, mother & drop-out social work student living, working and writing in the Blue Mountains. When not occupied with the real world, she writes fantasy.
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Get in touch with the land @ top foodie event in the country
Orange Food Week, Orange, Central West NSW, Food festival,
Local grower selling her wares. Orange Food Week 2013

When: Friday 10 April Sunday 19 April, 2015

As autumn approaches, those of you who love country scenery, flashy autumn foliage and food festivals should mark this event in your diary.

Showcasing cold climate produce, wine and food, and with a history of 24 years behind it, Food Week is one of the key food festivals of NSW.

Proving the popularity of the 10-day festival, several key events (the Food Train & Forage) are already booked out. However, with 80 planned events including the Night Market, 100 Mile Dinner, the Sunday Producer Brunch, wine tours, and much more, there's plenty of opportunity to partake. Visit a local farm, scour the markets, go wine-tasting or ballooning, visit a restaurant and meet the producers, growers and chefs behind the food.

The shires of Orange, Cabonne and Blayney are known as 'The Food Basket' of NSW. Coinciding with harvest and autumn, Food Week is a beautiful time to visit Orange also known as the 'colour city' for it's spectacular autumn foliage.

With most of us Coles and Woolies shoppers removed from the origins of our food, experiences like Food Week provide an opportunity to get in touch with the land our food comes from and how it's produced. It's a strangely poignant experience to purchase fresh fruit direct from a grower and to sample ciders and wines produced from the land you stand upon.

Food Week at Orange 2013 was one of the highlights of my year. With even more events in the calendar for Food Week 2015, this popular annual foodie event should be even bigger and better.

Wineries, Orange, Orange Food Week, food festival, Central West NSW.
The grape vines turn russet in autumn during Orange Food Week.

Tips for visiting Food Week:

Having experienced Food Week, I suggest the following to get the most out of it.

Study the Food Week event program and plan ahead. You can view it here. Choose the events you want to attend. I made the mistake of turning up without pre-planning and missed out on several events I had wanted to see.

Book accommodation in advance. Orange can get heavily booked during Food Week.

Grab a map. And, consider visiting towns around Orange such as Milthorpe and Molong also offering events as part of Food Week.

Anticipate that you will end up purchasing food and wine so make room in the car, your backpack or whatever means you have, and bring cash. With so much fresh and yummy produce - from delicious freshly harvested stone-fruit to gourmet strawberry wines and so on there's temptation galore.

Bring a jacket just in case. With an elevation of 862 metres, Orange is the second highest city in Australia and can get chilly at this time of year, particularly at night.

If you're going to drink, bus it to the winery.

Vegetarians need not despair. There's a Bodhi restaurant in Orange offering a $35 pp banquet of their most popular dishes as part of Food Week.

Plan time to just enjoy the scenery and take your camera. The scenery along the way and within Orange, featuring golden poplars and dazzling flame trees, is pure camera candy. Check it out in the pic below.

The drive to Orange, country drive, Central West NSW, Orange Food Week,
Country drive to Orange - resplendent with golden poplars.

Market, food festival, Orange Food Week, Orange, Central West NSW
Local food market during Orange Food Week, 2013 - haven for country lovers and foodies.
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Why? A chance to escape the city
When: Over 10 days from 10 April to 19 April 2015
Where: Various locations within the district of Orange, Central Tablelands of NSW
Cost: Some events are free, others require booking and charges
Your Comment
I spent a lot of my childhood in these towns visiting family. Good to see a story on the country..would like to go back with my cameras after reading this.
Thanks xK
by Kat May (score: 3|1300) 1367 days ago
Often travel through Orange and Bathurst on our way to Nyngan. Absolutely delightful in Autumn and Spring. Could easily spend a few days in the locality!
by nancy (score: 1|16) 1332 days ago
Foodi Photoh Classie
by on 11/08/2010
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