Orange, known as Australia’s ColourCity with its four distinct seasons is located in Central West NSW.
3 ½ hours from Sydney and within easy reach of the Blue Mountains you will discover a welcoming city, rich in local history, a flourishing cultural scene, fruitful landscapes, historical buildings, art and culture to surprise you and some of the best food and wine in Australia.
At the essence of the region you will find an environment exhibiting majestic landscapes, astonishing attractions, fabulous food and wine and a unique style and energy.
Orange is the perfect destination for a short break or a longer stay. We welcome you to discover Orange for yourself this Autumn.
The shires of Orange, Cabonne and Blayney are known as ‘The Food Basket’ of NSW and each year F.O.O.D. Week (Food Of Orange District) supports local produce and ‘fine food’ with an annual event held over 10 days – in April showcasing the producers, their products, the local chefs and restaurants, and other enterprises that provide the region with its great reputation for fine food and wine.
Offering everything from wine tasting to farm gate tours, cooking demonstrations, cabaret, music and picnics to a huge ‘Night Market’ and Forage, plus the 100-Mile Dinner hosted by the F.O.O.D Week committee and the people of Molong featuring dishes made from local produce sourced within a 100-Miles of Orange.
During F.O.O.D Week you can visit farms, markets, kitchens, restaurants, cafes, wineries, attend special celebration dinners, workshops and events and sample fine wines, orchard fruits, beef, lamb, venison, vegetables and more.
Meet those who grow such the produce, the chefs, caterers and cooks who create extraordinary dishes for our dining pleasure from it and everyone else who works in the food and hospitality industries. These people are overwhelmingly passionate about what they do and thankfully, for all of us, they are equally passionate about sharing what they do!
Visit during F.O.O.D Week and we guarantee you an entertaining and gastronomically exciting time that you won’t forget!
Here are a few things you may not know about the Orange region:
• The traditional landowners are the Wiradjuri people
• Orange was named in the mid 1800s after the Prince of Orange who later became the King of Holland
• A striking feature of the landscape – MountCanobolas – at 1,395m is the highest peak
in a straight line between the Blue Mountains and Perth
• Orange is the only recognised wine region within the Central NSW Region that is defined by height above sea level (above 600m) and is the highest altitude wine region in Australia
• Orange F.O.O.D Week is one of Australia’s longest running regional food events
• Canowindra is the site of one of Australia’s most significant fossil finds
• Ophir (26 kms outside of Orange) was the site of Australia’s first payable gold discovery
• The Amusu in Manildra is Australia’s longest running picture theatre
• Cadia Gold mine is one of the largest open pit gold-copper mines in Australia
• Manildra is home to the largest flour mill in the southern hemisphere