Though long-known for its excellent local produce, cool-climate wines and fine dining restaurants, the gastronomic scene in Orange NSW has exploded in recent years cementing its status as one of Australia’s most prominent and sophisticated food and wine destinations.
Not only can visitors buy direct from growers at local farmgates and cellar doors, farmers markets also make the perfect place to sample the flavours of the region. Known as ‘Australia’s Food Basket’, the region is a haven of vineyard-dotted hills and orchards. The combination of high altitude, a cool climate and rich volcanic soil create prime conditions for growing produce. For a thoroughly hands-on experience with the region’s local produce a number of cooking classes are available. Using local fare, learn to prepare delicious dishes from some of Australia’s top chefs and local producers.
The many excellent cafes and restaurants in the region pride themselves on menus packed with local produce. Visitors will find something to suit their palate whether they are looking for chic shared plates in a small-bar atmosphere or beautiful, honest country cooking in a classic heritage homestead. Quality and style are on the menu in just about any restaurant.
Don’t miss some of the region’s exceptional bakeries and cafes, serving up artisan breads and pastries. Good coffee is the norm, so pull up a seat at any number of stylish cafes and savour your perfectly-made piccolo as you soak up the country atmosphere.