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Six things not to miss at F.O.O.D Week 2017

Catherine Russell

We’ve already waxed lyrical about why you have you have to get along to Orange’s F.O.O.D Week. 

The special events are what really makes F.O.O.D Week outstanding, but how do you choose between them?

During F.O.O.D week, try to get to or book one of the signature events like the 100 Mile Dinner, FOOD Week Night Markets or the Sunday Producers Brunch or head to FOOD HQ at the Agrestic Grocer.

But they aren’t the be all and end all. Here are some other highlights to take into consideration.

Orange Apple Ramble


Meeting at Food HQ at 11am, for a apple variety showcase, then hoping on a bus to arrive at Nashdale for a 2.5km stroll through a commercial orchard, a heritage apple orchard and finally into a trufferie.

Stations of apple based tasting plates and local ciders will be available along the stroll with music at the trufferie Local growers will be participating in the ramble to educate guests on the history of the industry and how apples are grown.

Pick your own apples as you go and soak in the glorious views of the Towac Valley.

Happening from 11am, Saturday 1 April | Various locations | Click here for more information and tickets

Feast for Farmers – Union Bank & Heifer Station


Union Bank Wine Bar, Heifer Station and Southern Cross Austereo are partnering for Orange F.O.O.D Week 2017 to present the second annual Feast For Farmers.

Feast For Farmers is a drought relief fundraising lunch aiming to provide much needed assistance and support to farmers and food producers in NSW who have been affected by drought. Monies raised will be donated to the Commonwealth Bank ‘We’re for the Bush’ drought appeal at the request of the NSW Farmers Association.

Proceeds from the live auction, and a portion of all ticket sales, will comprise the total donation amount to the ‘We’re For the Bush’ drought appeal. In 2016 we raised $20,000 for this very worthy cause, so please dig deep in 2017 and help us help farmers in need!

Happening Saturday 1 April from 12pm | Heifer Station Cellar Door, Borenore | More information and tickets: feastforfarmers2017.eventbrite.com.au

Charred Feast

Image: facebook.com/charredkitchen

Image: facebook.com/charredkitchen

Join Charred Kitchen and Bar at their feast fit for a king, with five unique courses and matching wines.

Saturday 8 April 6pm-10pm | Charred Kitchen and Bar, 1-5 New St, Orange | Call 02 6363 1580 for more information and tickets

Franklin Road Harvest Feast

Image: facebook.com/franklinroadpreserves

Image: facebook.com/franklinroadpreserves

An opportunity to discover and explore the amazing abundance of the Franklin Road Kitchen garden and participate in a safe food future concept.

Sunday April 2 1pm-6pm | Call 0429 653 316 for more information

Small Acres Cider Festival

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Image: facebook.com/SmallAcresCyder

From 11am, enjoy an all day lunch with pulled pork rolls and apple slaw, spicy falafel and cous cous salad, Normandy chicken pie (from $13).

Afternoon activity:

  • 11.00am – 4.00pm Tasting flights (from $8)
  • 12.00noon – 3.00pm Live music
  • 3.00pm Cider Masterclass – ($15 pp)

Bookings essential for Cider Masterclass, call 6365 2286. Morris dancers and kids discovery trail also happening during the day.

Saturday 1 April from 11am | 12 Ackhurst Road, Borenore | Find more information on Facebook 

Sunset & Sparkling at Cargo Rd Wines

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Image: facebook.com/pochipopup

A walk and talk holistic vineyard tour with the vigneron, sipping sparkling on the way with handheld Italian street food. Stay for sunset, sparkling and pasta. Delicious.

Tickets are $50 per person, which includes your walking tour, two glasses of sparkling and all food. Additional glasses and bottles of wine can be purchased following the tour at the cellar door.

Tuesday 4 April from 5.30-7pm | Cargo Road Wines, 1064 Cargo Road, Lidster | Find more information on Facebook

How to create your own FOOD week

You can create your own FOOD Week experience year round, with wine tours, hatted restaurants and the farmers market every second weekend be sure to pick up a jar or two from Franklin Road Preserves.

Beyond food try picking your own strawberries, apples, plums or visiting a farm and buying produce from the gate – best produced with a locally inspired cookbook.

What to eat/drink year-round

Highly recommend Byng Street Café for a morning coffee, The Agrestic Grocer for brunch, Sisters Rock in Borodell Winery for lunch or find a Pochi ma Buoni at a cellar door, book into one of the regions great restaurants for the evening with Lolli Redini or the Union Bank.

Another great wine bar to try is Ferment Wine Bar on Hill Street or if you have children with you take them to Heifer Station Cellar Door – you can enjoy a wine tasting while they enjoying meeting animals in the nursery.

What to buy online anytime

Feature image: www.facebook.com/heiferstation

Catherine Russell

Catherine Russell is enthralled by public affairs in Canberra and the world at large; the issues that impact people from all walks of life; start memorable dinner party debates; fuel politics; create our advocates; and drive social media commentary. Consultant, mother and partner Catherine presents the HerCanberra perspective on the headlines. More about the Author

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