Feast of fine wine and food

HAVING A GOOD TIME: Some of the 1000-strong crowd at last year’s Forage ramble, enjoying food from the surrounding areas.THE Orange area is growing in stature as a centre of fine wine and food and these attractions will be showcased in more than 80 events at its FOOD Week Festival from Friday, April 10, to Sunday, April 19.
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The festival has been going since 1991 and this year’s program includes a host of wine dinners and tastings, a FOOD train excursion from Sydney for gourmet travellers, the Forage walking tour of some of the district’s most scenic vineyards and produce farms, and the 100-Mile Dinner in the village of Molong.

The FOOD train package includes the Sydney to Orange and return rail trip departing on Friday, April 17, participation in Forage, accommodation in Orange and dinners at some of the area’s best restaurants, including chef Shaun Arantz’s innovative Racine Restaurant.

The Molong 100-Mile Dinner on Monday, April 13, will have all its dishes sourced from produce grown within a radius of 100 miles (161 kilometres).

This will comprise food and wine from Cowra, Molong, Mudgee and Orange served on long tables set under the stars on Molong’s village green – with live music and “dancing highly encouraged”.

The cost is $105 per person and bookings are essential.

The FOOD program also will provide visitors with the opportunity to meet vignerons, food growers, cooks and chefs and to taste their products at two markets.

There will be a night market at Orange’s Robertson Park on Friday, April 10, and the Sunday Producer’s Brunch and Market at Cook Park, Orange, on April 19.

Both events have a gold coin admission charge.

The Forage ramble, which last year attracted 1000 people, will be held on Saturday, April 18, and the cost is $115 per person. It will feature tastings of local produce and wine and bookings are essential.

Orange FOOD Week president winegrower James Sweetapple said the success of Forage had been staggering and there had been a huge response to this year’s event.

The success of the festival reflected people’s increasing interest in discovering where their food came from and learning more about eating local and seasonal produce, he said.

Tickets for key events are available via the website orangeFOODWeek南京夜网.au, and details of other wine and food activities can be obtained and bookings made by contacting Brand Orange on 02 6360 1990, by emailing [email protected]南京夜网.au or by downloading the full program from orangeFOODWeek南京夜网.au.

The program includes a golf tournament, a brewery and beekeeper tour, wine tastings, a milk and honey exhibition and a venison masterclass.

Other events during the week are oriental vegetarian banquets, smoky barbecue dinners, sunset vineyard tours, wine blending sessions, and cider and cheese tastings.

The Friday, April 17, lead-up to the festival’s final weekend includes orchard and olive grove tours, a how-to-enjoy-chestnuts session and a cider dinner.