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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.

Antica Australis

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An Italian slow food locanda in the charming historic village of Carcoar, NSW. Bringing a little of the soul of regional Italy to the heart of regional Australia.

This is not an Italian restaurant as you may know it. Antica Australis is an Ciociarian 'locanda'. A locanda is a local, casual dining establishment accessible and enjoyed by everyone. It's a very traditional regional Italian concept of an inn, designed to provide meals for travellers looking to rest and revive their spirits.

It’s a place for locals to feel at home and where visitors are warmly welcomed. This is the authentic taste of an Italian village on top of a mountain, without having to go to Italy. Instead, you get to pause, rest and restore in one of Australia’s most gorgeous and perfectly-preserved 19th century villages – Carcoar on the Belubula River.

They are opening only for private group bookings of ten throughout August. Now taking enquiries for individual bookings on weekends for September/October, they are limited to 12 guests at a time and places fill rapidly. Early bookings essential. They are a COVID-safe registered business.

Ask about their private bookings for Tables of Ten - Family and Friends available on request.

Check their website for details.

Address

Belubula Street
2
Carcoar

Classifications

Restaurant and Cafe

Special Features

Coach Parking, Non Smoking, Suitable for Functions

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