All the latest news and updates from Brand Orange on festivals and events featuring the cool climate wine and food of the Orange, NSW region



29 May 2017, Orange NSW: According to the latest domestic tourism figures released by Destination NSW, the Orange region is leading the way for Central NSW tourism with substantial increases to both visitation and spend. A total of 1,070,000 visitors were recorded to Orange local government area year ending December 2016, compared to 773,500 visitors year ending December 2015.  An increase in visitor spend during the same period has also been recorded of year ending December 2016 of $260m, compared to $190m year ending December 2015.  The Cabonne local government area reflected strong increases of 9.7% year on year change in overnight visitors, 7.6% year on year change in overnight visitors and 7.6% year on year change in overnight visitor expenditure. The Cabonne local government domestic daytrip visitors and related expenditure % year on year change reflected an increase of 11.9%. “Feedback from the State tourism body, Destination NSW, is that the Orange region is leading the way in regional domestic tourism across NSW, and these figures from Destination NSW clearly support that statement,” says Rhonda Sear, Executive Officer, Brand Orange. “More and more visitors from across Australia and the world are learning about our Region’s great local wines and fresh produce with a desire to visit our region for first-hand experience.” “With such amazing produce, sport, local history, tourism activities and so many wonderful dining experiences to be had, it’s little wonder so many visitors are choosing to experience our thriving culinary hotspots, award-winning restaurants and our scenic roads and trails.” Brand Orange in the past six months has delivered on contracts both with Orange City Council and...

Getting to the Core of F.O.O.D Week 2017 ……as we celebrate the Apple and consider the environment in 2017

One of Australia’s most loved regional food festivals F.O.O.D Week commences this Friday opening with the community favourite, the F.O.O.D Week Night Market in Robertson Park.The program is packed with over 80 events across the 10-day period featuring many of our regions producers, chef, cook and winemakers. Have you booked your tickets? What is happening: Signature Events It opens with the Night Market in Robertson Park with over 50 stalls serving local produce prepared by our chefs and cooks matched with wines. Friday March 31 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm F.O.O.D HQ at the Agrestic Grocer – Daily Running daily throughout F.O.O.D Week, F.O.O.D HQ is your one stop shop to meet the producers, find out about what is happening during F.O.O.D Week and of course have a taste test of some our producers amazing product! – See program for details Sunday Producer Market on the last Sunday – April 9 A great family morning outing to Cook Park, complete with brunch in the park whilst you purchase your weekly groceries by grabbing a few local goodies. A great finale to F.O.O.D Week 2017 Orange Apple Ramble Saturday April 1 The Orange Apple Ramble is a family event where you will be able to experience the Apple harvest with a rambling walk through the orchards. Visitors will board the bus at Agrestic Grocer and head out to Nashdale to commence the 2km journey through orchards in the scenic Towac Valley. Along the way visitors will enjoy stations of apple based recipes and beverages including a delicious lunch between the rows of apple trees and finish up with some delicious sweet...

Digital Release of the 2017 Orange F.O.O.D Week Program

Event Dates March 31 – April 9, 2017 The F.O.O.D Week Committee is excited to release to you today the digital version of the 2017 F.O.O.D Week Program. President of F.O.O.D Week James Sweetapple said “By releasing the digital copy first it is hoped that over time we will print less and less copies and subsequently decrease our reliance on the printed program. This is a small step in our strategy to become more environmentally responsible when it comes to our paper usage.” The printed program will be available on January 16, 2017 and has been printed on paper that has been sustainably produced. F.O.O.D Week will continue to print the program in the foreseeable future, but it is hoped that over time, people will find a digital version just as useful. Click Here Or for further information about the signature events Please visit the F.O.O.D Week Website   This Emag version is environmentally and screen friendly but for those who still want to print a few pages, you can still do this by using the tool bar at the bottom of the screen. There is also a share icon, that enables people to share this with their friends by email. This software has been in use for a number years, but this is the first time that the committee have emphasized this format as one of the main ways to find out about events.   Goals for F.O.O.D Week 2017 2017 is the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. F.O.O.D Week 2017 will begin the process of assessing sustainability across all events and start implementing...


Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival runs 16-26 February 2017 • Brekky and Poetry in the Park (over 5 days) • Indigenous Cultural Tours • Night Market in Robertson Park • Poetry Competition • Emmaville Family Market Day • Historical Tour, Fashion, Food and Banjo in Yeoval and so much more! February 2017, Orange NSW: Celebrating one of Australia’s most iconic poets and regional Australia’s contribution to the literary and cultural heritage of the nation, the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival runs for ten days from 16-26 February 2017 in the birthplace of Banjo in Orange, Central NSW. The Banjo Birthday Brekky and the Festival Food & Wine Night Market on Friday 17 February officially open the event, to coincide with Banjo Paterson’s birthday. A.B ‘Banjo’ Paterson was born on the property ‘Narrambla’ in the Orange region in New South Wales on 17 February 1864, and grew up to become one of Australia’s literary legends. “It’s fairly clear that Banjo’s country childhood had a strong influence on him, being considered the ‘bard of the bush’ for iconic poems such as ‘Waltzing Matilda’, ‘The Man From Snowy River’ and ‘Clancy of the Overflow,” explains Chairman, Justin Byrne. The Festival comprises five signature events – the Rotary Brekky & Poetry in the Park; Banjo’s Birthday Breakfast; the renowned Banjo Paterson Night Market; the Emmaville Cottage Family Market Day featuring artisanal local craft and produce; and the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Competition. For the first time, the festival is broadening its scope to embrace the richness and diversity of the Wiradjuri nation’s cultural heritage, to simultaneously acknowledge the traditions and culture of the...






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F.O.O.D HQ @ Orange F.O.O.D Week, April 2016

Taste Orange @ Sydney Cellar Door, February 2016


Rex D’Aquino from D’Aquino Group of Companies

With a start in a tin shed in 1946, the founder of D’Aquino Bros Pty Ltd, Carmelo D’Aquino, produced six barrels of wine and started the first winemaking family in the Orange district. His grandson Rex is now the third generation to run the D’Aquino wine business – a vast commercial operation which has expanded considerably since the tin shed days and incorporates the Highland Heritage Estate vineyard as well as a distillery, wholesale and contract bottling and retail outlets throughout country NSW.

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Orange Accommodation Group

Providing you with a one-stop online portal for some of the region’s most boutique and highly-regarded accommodation across hotels, self-catering, bed & breakfast as well as caravan park and tour packages options.

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James Kendell from Small Acres Cyder

“The style of ciders we are making have been around for hundreds of years in Europe. They are true, fermented wine styles that reflect the location and season and are made to go with food. We source all our apples from within five kilometres of the cider house.”

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