23 March 2016
The countdown is now on for the start of one of Australia’s quintessential regional food and wine events, so now is the time to plan a visit to the Orange F.O.O.D Week festival, running from Friday 8 to Sunday 17 April 2016.
The F.O.O.D acronym stands for Food of Orange District, and the festival is a celebration of the abundance and diversity of local produce and the region’s talented chefs, cooks, caterers, food producers, restaurateurs, baristas and wine growers. Orange is also fast gaining traction as one of Australia’s most significant cool climate wine regions.
Orange F.O.O.D Week has been instrumental in building the reputation of the Orange district as a food and wine destination, and is a much-loved event by both visitors and residents alike. The ten-day festival is a scenic and experiential journey from the field and farm, paddock to plate, with charming food experiences that are both formal and relaxed in style.
Over the ten jam-packed days the festival boasts six signature events and over 90 additional food and wine events held at local cafes, cellar doors, restaurants, wine bars and in paddocks, orchards and vineyards. Local hatted chefs – Simonn Hawke (Lolli Redini), Shaun Arantz (Racine) and Tony Worland (Tonic) – feature in the festival program alongside visiting guest chefs such as Martin Boetz (Cooks Co-op), Lennox Hastie (FIREDOOR), ‘EJ’ (The Powder Keg) and renowned cocktail guru Grant Collins.
Highlights include the opening night F.O.O.D Week Festival Night Market; the 100-Mile Dinner at Molong, held on the village green at long communal tables under the stars; a series of free presentations and live cooking demonstrations by local producers, craft beer brewers, bee keepers, and chocolatiers at F.O.O.D HQ; farmers markets; a Country Fair; the Sunday Producers’ Brunch and Market; as well as a two day polo match at the Millamolong Polo Club.
This year the festival encompasses a series of local art and photographic exhibitions being held at the Orange Regional Gallery, The Corner Store Gallery, the Colour City Creatives Studios and Galleries, and the Good Eddy café. Celebrating its 25th year as Australia’s longest running regional food festival, and with nearly 100 events in the program, Orange F.O.O.D Week provides the perfect excuse to explore the sophistication of one of Australia’s leading regional food and wine destinations.