The Orange Wine Festival features 80 events over two boozy weeks, all of which celebrate the region’s thriving food and wine industry. From cellar door tastings and all-out wine dinners, to night markets and chef demonstrations, this is a great opportunity to escape the city and fill up on some fabulous cool climate wines matched with some of Orange’s tastiest fare.
The festival kicks off on October 16th and there are still a few tickets left to the Orange Wine Show Trophy Dinner or Paella and Tempranillo evening. Opening weekend also features a cider festival at Small Acres Cyder and a rather delicious BBQ amongst the grapes at Dindima Vineyard. The following week includes a series of wine masterclasses, as well as a long lunch at Racine Restaurant. If you’re looking for something to take the kiddies to, the night market on Friday, October 30th will include local wines, outdoor music, entertainment, and food stalls from producers, chefs and cooks.
Check out the full event schedule here.
Where to eat
Orange boasts a booming cafe culture, as well as several fine dining and casual options. Mayfield Wines, together with local chef Kate Jones, will be collaborating on a Pork and Duck Delight Dinner on October 22nd. Lunch on the Lawn will be held at Highland Heritage Estate on the 31st, while The Old Convent hosts a Tamburlaine Dinner on the same evening. If you can’t get tickets to a specific event, all of the cafes and restaurants in Orange will be getting into the festival spirit so visit Taste Orange for all the delicious details.
Where to stay
Based on the idea that the journey should be just as enjoyable as the destination, Fairmont Resort in the Blue Mountains is offering a one-night stopover package from $239. This offer includes a hearty continental breakfast, which should keep you going on your scenic drive to Orange.
Borrodell Winery (known for its annual black tie and gumboots truffle dinner) also features three-bedroom self-contained cottages set amongst rolling vineyards, apple trees and truffles.
As the weather warms up you might look to experience The Great Outdoors at one of Orange’s many camping and caravan sites. This is also a great way to save your pennies for those cold weather wines. Check out all of your more rugged accommodation options here.
Head to Visit NSW for more information about Orange Wine Festival.
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