Orange Area

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Food and wine events in Orange

The Orange region is renowned for its cool-climate wines, abundant fresh produce and fine local restaurants. Don't miss F.O.O.D. Week (Food Of Orange District), held in April each year, which showcases local food, wine, arts and culture. October's Orange Wine Festival is another celebration of local produce, highlighting the region's premium wines.

  • Orange F.O.O.D Week
  • Orange Wine Festival

About Orange

Nestled in the central west of New South Wales, the Orange region is known for its quality local produce and excellent wines, thanks to its cool climate and rich volcanic soils. The produce here ranges from stone fruits and sheep milk cheeses to fungi and grapes, and a strong foodie scene has sprung up, with a string of food festivals and events bringing this agricultural hub to life year-round.

More than 50 cool-climate wineries operate in the area, and each year the region celebrates with F.O.O.D. Week (Food Of Orange District), with food-centric festivities taking place across the area, including Canowindra’s 100 mile dinner, a communal feast held in the town’s main street. There’s also the Orange Wine Festival held in October, with wine shows, tastings and food and wine workshops.

Orange is the largest town of the region, and the birthplace of famous Aussie poet Banjo Paterson, who wrote ‘The Man from Snowy River’ and ‘Clancy of the Overflow’. Not far from Orange is Blayney, home to Millamolong Station and the pretty Athol Gardens. In historic Millthorpe, you can take a self-guided walking tour, enjoy country drives and visit the Golden Memories Museum. Don’t miss the old-world charm and heritage buildings of nearby Molong, and the ancient fossils at the Age of Fishes Museum in Canowindra, which is also known as the hot air ballooning capital of Australia and also boasts a heritage-listed main street, good wineries, olive groves and orchards.

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Autumn is a fantastic time to visit Orange. A thriving range of events and festivals promise to welcome and delight all ages, from sumptuous food festivals to hot air balloon spectacles to camel races. Held over 10 days in April, the Orange F.O.O.D Week is a testament to the region’s great reputation for food and wine. Indulge your senses as local chefs and restaurants showcase their skill with farm gate tours, cooking demonstrations and the famous 100-Mile Dinner. Enjoy the magic spectacle of the Canowindra Balloon Challenge as flotillas of hot air balloons colour the skies, performing above stunning NSW countryside in a festival that includes music, local wine and night markets. Or bike overland in the Newcrest Orange Challenge, an exhilarating excursion through secret rolling hills, beautiful vineyards and idyllic open plains. With all this and more, the region is yours to enjoy.

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Fly into Orange Airport

Orange Airport is located 15 km from Orange’s town centre. Use the taxi services to make the short trip southeast. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Regional Express services the airport with various weekly direct flights to and from Sydney. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney for travel into Orange.

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Local areas

  • Blayney Blayney, a small farming town in Country NSW, is a great base for exploring regional heritage sites.
  • Canowindra In Canowindra, travel back 360 million years to see rare fossils in the amazing Age of Fishes Museum.
  • Millthorpe Millthorpe has fine restaurants and a range of accommodation, including charming B&Bs and exclusive retreats
  • Molong Molong is a thriving rural town with plenty of old-world charm, 1800s heritage buildings, and great food and
  • Orange Orange is famous for its cold-weather produce, premium food and fine wines. Don't miss F.O.O.D. Week in Apri

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