There are two kinds of people when it comes to food – those who eat to live and those who live to eat. This article is for the latter. Whether you love trying new food or seeking inspiration to wow guests at your dining table; get your napkin ready and take your taste buds on a tantalising trip. We’ve handpicked these food festivals that serve the best in local produce from the fresh and cured, the sweet and savoury, to the boozy and juicy.
Where: Orange, New South Wales
When: 8 -17 April 2016
What first started as a weekend is now a glorious 10-day food binge. Recognised as one of Australia’s longest running regional food festivals, Orange F.O.O.D Week (Food of Orange District) is held around every April, during the harvest periods for Orange, Blayney and Cabonne.
Start off with an evening at the Night Market, where you’ll find more than 50 stalls selling fresh produce and cool climate wines. If you’ve managed to avoid a hangover from the previous nights’ wine tastings, start the next morning at F.O.O.D HQ or the Sunday Producers Market to learn from producers and experienced chefs. For a unique dining experience, book a seat at the 100-mile dinner table or a ticket on the F.O.O.D Train, where you’ll depart Sydney famished and disembark unable to eat another bite. Don’t worry, there’s room for exercise on this eatcation. Walk it off during FORAGE, a 3.6km stroll through vineyards and farms where wine and food tastings are located conveniently every 500 metres.
Where To Stay:
Situated in the heart of Orange is Templers Mill, a simple yet modern motel that accommodates small to large groups of friends and family. With comfortable rooms and spacious 1-to-2 bedroom apartments to choose from, it’s the best way to get a fresh squeeze on the bountiful city of Orange.