Orange F.O.O.D Week, Australia’s longest running regional food is coming in hot in 2019.
Provenance and sustainability are two core values encompassing this year’s Orange F.O.O.D Week, which returns in 2019 for its 28th consecutive year. Marking Australia’s longest running food and wine festival, the ten day event shines the spotlight on one of Australia’s top food regions, giving local food producers, wineries, restaurants, chefs, caterers and cooks the opportunity to showcase their spoils.
Running from Friday 5th to Sunday 14th April, the event includes over 70 events, showcasing more than 40 cellar doors and farm gates during the region’s autumn harvest and vintage. The festival is also looking closely at waste reduction, setting a global standard for festival sustainability as the first ISO 2-121-certified food and wine event in Australia.
With so many events to choose from, here are our top picks for Orange F.O.O.D Week 2019 –
F.O.O.D WEEK Night Market – Friday 5th April 2019
Kicking the festivities off on Friday 5th April is the F.O.O.D Week Night Market. Requiring only gold coin entry, head to Robertson Park for an evening of locally curated food, wine, cider and beer. Foot tapping music will add to evening’s frivolities as you dine under the stars. You can also meet the local heroes from the Rural Fire Service and learn about bush fire safety.
Open daily (expect Saturday 13th April), F.O.O.D HQ is your go to for gathering information about what’s on and where to go during the 10 day event. Special events include ‘Meet the Producers’, giving patrons the chance to hear local producers’ success stories, sample their specialities and buy their products. You can also ‘Taste Local on the Lawn’ with the best-of local food and wine at your disposal.
Autumn Grazing Dinner – Monday 8th April
This inaugural event sees an evening of culinary delights and dancing in the striking Carrington Park. Award-winning chef Richard Learmonth will showcase the rich taste of the Orange region’s food and wine. Ticket price includes all food and beverages and can be secured by clicking here.
Food Train – Friday 12th to Sunday 14th April
For the ultimate food adventure, hop on the food train and taste your way around the region. On this weekend-long trip, start with breakfast onboard, before indulging in the food of the district lunch at Sisters Rock, followed on by an evening at Groundstone. The following day sees you guided on a Forage tour, which includes a lavish 9 course degustation menu of local wine and tasting plates. Come Sunday, enjoy breakfast in Cook Park then travel to the Rowlee Wines vineyard, followed by lunch at Racine. Includes 2 nights accommodation. Tickets are strictly limited! To secure yours, click here.
These events mark just some of the ones you can attend during the 10-day event! To catch the full festival program, click here.