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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.

Known as ‘Australia’s Food Basket’, the region is a haven of vineyard-dotted hills and abundant stonefruit and orchards. The combination of high altitude, a cool climate and rich volcanic soil create prime conditions for growing grapes, cherries, peaches, plums, apples, figs, quinces, truffles and so much more.

The district’s unique viticulture produces fine cool-climate wines, which visitors will begin to recognise as they taste their way through the region’s many cellar doors.

Not only can visitors buy direct from growers at local farmgates and cellar doors, the fortnightly Orange Farmers Market makes the perfect place to sample the flavours of the region. Grab a coffee and hearty bacon and egg roll and soak up the atmosphere of this wonderful community event.

The town celebrates its diverse food and wine scene with numerous festivals throughout the year attracting visitors from across Australia, but none more popular than long-running Orange F.O.O.D Week. This ten-day autumnal feast features events such as a progressive eight-course degustation through the regions most scenic vistas. Similarly Orange Wine Festival is another highlight. Over two weeks in October the community unites to celebrate its unique viticulture and thriving wine industry with a packed program of inspired experiences and events.

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. Or simply visit one of the many excellent cafes and restaurants in the region, which pride themselves on menus packed with local produce.

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Situated just 10 kilometres from Orange this family owned and operated orchard offers a unique country experience for all.

Pick your own fruit (cherries, berries, apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines and various varieties of apples) available during the months of summer and autumn.
During cherry season (November- December) weekend bookings via the website are advised.
Take a walk through the orchard and watch the seasons unfold; from pruning during winter, through the spring blossom, and harvest of fruit in summer and autumn.

Their onsite farm stall has fresh produce including fruit straight from their orchard and vegetables as well as essentials such as bread, local eggs and milk. You will find many local brands of olive oil, honey, jams and preserves.

Newly refurbished, the stall also boasts a cafe where you can enjoy a coffee and sweet treat or perhaps take the opportunity to indulge in a tranquil picnic amongst the trees with locally sourced produce from the refrigerated section.
Tours and school groups welcome and coaches catered for by appointment.

Address

1209 The Escort Way
Borenore

Classifications

Produce

Special Features

Alfresco/Outdoor Dining, Carpark, Coach Parking, Non Smoking, Takeaway Available

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