ORANGE F.O.O.D WEEK

OUR PEOPLE

THE PEOPLE OF F.O.O.D

Orange F.O.O.D Week celebrates the diverse and excellent regional produce from the district covering the three local government areas of Orange, Blayney and Cabonne. It is our local producers that make our F.O.O.D Week festival possible. Meet our ‘People of F.O.O.D’ and learn more about their stories.

Eugowra Events & Tourism Association

The associations run events for people of all ages in Eugowra throughout the year to promote our town and support our local charities and groups. We are really excited about the future of this committee and the community events we will be putting on! We have four main...

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Orange 360

Orange360 is a new joint regional tourism initiative between Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council and Cabonne Council. Orange360 encompasses everything that colours our region all year round. It unites our people, places and produce that make our region unique....

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Village Bakehouse

With a company history steeped in family tradition, Village Bakehouses are owned and operated locally by fourth-generation baking family, the Stevensons. Brothers Bill, Rob and John can trace their baking history back to 1918 when their grandfather, Aussie Stevenson,...

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Stockman’s Ridge Wines

Jonathan and Valerie run the family business of Stockman’s Ridge. Situated in the picturesque and colourful wine region of Orange along Cargo Rd, Stockman's Ridge Wines produces premium cool climate wines. With the vineyard and Cellar Door sitting at an altitude of...

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Ross Hill Wines

In 1994, when Peter and Terri Robson purchased a property on Griffin Road in Orange, the Ross Hill Wines story began. At that time there were only a few other vineyards in Orange, and it didn’t take long for another one to be planted! Twelve years later, their son...

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Heifer Station Wines

Phillip and I both grew up in the country, on the land. Before purchasing Heifer Station in 2009 we both spent in excess of 25 years in the corporate world. With five adult children who had left the nest we decided we would like to retire to the land and grow fat...

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Patina Wines

Patina is a family-owned estate nestled in the rich volcanic slopes of Mt Canobolas near Orange, New South Wales. Owner and winemaker, Gerald Naef, blends science and technology with age-old tradition to create complex flavours forged by the elements of nature. The...

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Boutique Garlic

Located at Springside just outside of Orange, Dougal combines many different methods to grow food, including conventional, organic, biodynamic, holistic and scientific. He mainly grows garlic, up to ten acres each year, including the NZ Purple, Monaro, Printator...

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Bodhi Garden Vegetarian Restaurant

At Bodhi Garden Vegetarian Restaurant, exceptional vegetarian Chinese cuisine is our specialty. We are conveniently located in Orange and offer a selection of dishes that will certainly please your palate. From tasty entrees like Crispy Mushroom Strips with Sesame to...

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Mortimers Wine of Orange

Former Canterbury Bankstown Bulldog Peter Mortimer, his wife Julie and their five sons, Michael, James, Tim, Daniel and Robbie planted Chestnut Garth Vineyard to 1 hectare of Chardonnay grapes in 1996. The following year a further 1.2 hectares of Shiraz and 1 hectare...

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Thornbrook Orchard

Thornbrook is a family run and operated Orchard located at Nashdale, West of Orange in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia. The orchard grows on the northern slopes of Mount Canobolas and takes advantage of the fertile volcanic soil to grow you the best...

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The Union Bank

The location of Orange’s first bank, the eponymous Union Bank of Australia, the site has a rich and interesting history, with a charming and sophisticated legacy. The property comprises of four buildings that are each significantly tied to the growth and development...

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The Beekeepers Inn

Originally built in 1859, now known as the beekeepers inn, the life of this old building started with Mr. Thomas Higgins. Opening a bar in the township of Vittoria he offered 'first class accommodation for man and horse. A stock of liquors of the best quality' and not...

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Twisted River Wines

Helen Armstrong and Michelle Davies are not ones to sit idle. Having both worked in palliative care they are acutely aware of the fragility of life and the need to live it well. With this in mind, they have thrown themselves into the rigors of winegrowing. Their piece...

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Nashdale Lane Road Wines

Nashdale Lane Wines and Luxury Glamping Cabins are a proud small, Aussie business - 100% family owned and run. Nick and Tanya (Ryan) Segger, along with their two trusty sidekicks (aka children) - Dominic and Grace, manage the majestic 55-acre vineyard and are the...

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Koolabah Farm

Welcome to Koolabah Farm - where country is at its best. Koolabah is situated four hours from Sydney and three hours from Canberra in beautiful Central West Orange. A 1000 acre working property with rolling hills and sunsets to die for, it caters for events and...

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Highland Heritage Estate

Highland Heritage Estate offers the complete wine and dine adventure for those looking to experience great food with the wines of Orange. If you are looking for the best restaurants in Orange, which are also situated within the vineyards of Orange, then look no...

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Brangayne of Orange

The "Brangayne" and "Ynys Witrin" vineyards lie on the north eastern slopes of the extinct volcano Mount Canobolas, near Orange in New South Wales, one of the highest and coldest grape districts in Australia. Often under snow in winter and mild in summer, the cold...

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Paling Yards Grove

Paling Yards Olive Grove began when Ross and Trish Bragg planted 2,000 young olive trees in 1999. There are now 3,000 trees on the family run property located 35 kilometres west of Orange in NSW. It is a complete family effort with Ross and Trish’s son and daughter...

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Wallington Wines

The Wallingtons moved from Sydney to established their vineyard in 1990. Since Anthony’s death in 2003, Margaret and her 4 daughters have continued to produce carefully crafted wines and have embraced the principals of organic and biodynamic agriculture. On their...

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The Agrestic Grocer

The Agrestic Grocer is a delightful cafe and grocery with a focus on the local produce that Orange is famous for. Every product has a story, from the Badlands Beer to the beef to the heirloom carrots. with a grocery store at the back and lunch til late, this the...

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Swinging Bridge Estate

Swinging Bridge Estate was first planted in 1995 by the Ward and the Payten families with an initial planting of Shiraz and Chardonnay. The Home Block vineyard is located to the south of Canowindra in the Central Ranges of New South Wales (45 minutes drive south west...

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Straniero Olive Oil

Straniero olive grove was established in 1998 in the central west of NSW, 10km north of Canowindra in the Cabonne Shire. The grove of 4ha is planted in a rich alluvial soil type. The area enjoys a mediterranean climate ideal for growing olives. The oil is pressed...

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Franklin Road Preserves

Having made pickles for our family and friends for several years, they encouraged us to sell the pickles rather than give them away, thus Franklin Road Preserves was launched in 2013. We are fortunate to have a larger than average back yard with excellent soils which...

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Philip Shaw Wines

The dream started long before the acquisition of Koomooloo (vineyard site) in 1988. Philip spent years investigating and exploring many regions within Australia until by accident Philip noticed the undulating roll of the countryside when flying over the Orange region....

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Montoro Wines

Montoro Wines is located in the cool climate growing area of Orange in the Central Highlands of New South Wales. Montoro Wines is situated on the Cargo Road to the west of Orange in the Cabonne Shire
We are positioned at approximately 900

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Mandagery Creek Venison

Mandagery Creek Australian Farmed Venison was established in July 2002 with a commitment to process superior, young Australian Red deer. We produce a lean and subtle venison that is an exciting, accessible and healthy alternative red meat. A family business, Mandagery...

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Kalavista Organics

“Let’s move to the country” she said. “It will be fun!” she said. So with no farming experience, no house and two very active, seven and nine year old boys, Sue and Steve Brown embarked on a journey in 2006. Firstly, planting over 1,000 olive trees into drought...

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Groundstone Cafe

Nestled in the Orange Regional Museum Precinct, Groundstone is the central hub for fresh, seasonal, local meals. Including coffee, breakfast and lunch daily as well as stocking local shelf staples. Find out more about Groundstone...

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Fourjay Farms

Fourjay Farms is a two generation family business that grows, harvests, processes and produces a range of hazelnut products. Our emphasis is on the production of high quality, healthy kernels that are freshly cracked for our customers. Our goal is to provide a...

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Colmar Estate

A very determined block of land - no one was ever going to tell our special block of land what grape varieties would produce great wines from its ancient soils. In typical Australian fashion many grape varieties were trialled, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and...

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De Salis Wines

De Salis is a small, family winery located at an altitude of 1050m on the northern slope of Mt Canobolas on our, ‘Lofty Vineyard’ in the cool climate region of Orange. Our minimalist winemaking philosophy is borne from a desire to capture the seasonal ebb and flow,...

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Chocolate on Purpose

Chocolate on Purpose® is a proud Australian owned business creating handcrafted chocolate out of Millthorpe, a heritage listed town in the Central West of NSW. This area of NSW has developed a reputation as a premier gourmet food district and the Chocolate on Purpose®...

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Charred Kitchen & Bar

We welcome you to the newest relaxed dining venue in Orange NSW. We would like to invite you to join us as we use the finest local and international produce & ingredients . Our food takes inspiration from our travels across the globe and is designed to be shared....

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Bloodwood Wines

No one on the land ever really owns anything. At the very best we are granted, via the cultural norms of society through the cautious largesse of nature, the responsibility and privilege to be a short term custodians of land. It is our duty to future generations,...

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Angullong Vineyard

Angullong is a family owned wine company from the premium high altitude cool climate wine region of Orange in the Central West of New South Wales located about 350km west of Sydney. The Angullong vineyards are located on the southern lower slopes of the Orange region...

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Edwena Mitchell Catering

With over 25 years of experience there is no job too big or too odd for Edwena Mitchell and her team, off-site catering is her specialty!  Edwena has been involved in FOOD Week since it began, and her panna cottas at the Night Markets are legendary.  As is her Pork...

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Silver Compass Tours

Curators of charming food and wine travel experiences, Silver Compass Tours specialise in hosted and packaged weekends for special events to the cool-climate wine growing region of Orange and the Central West region in New South Wales, Australia. Our carefully curated...

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Rowlee Wines

Rowlee is situated at the foot of Mount Canobolas in Orange NSW, in basalt soils with the highest point at 920 metres located at the Southern end, gradually falling to the North at 900 metres. This fall is of benefit in protection from spring frosts in assisting with...

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Small Acres Cyder

International and national award winning local cider producer Small Acres Cyder is known for its unique and refreshing style of traditional ciders. Since opening its doors ten years ago Small Acres has won the trifecta in the Australian Cider Awards - Best Australian...

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See Saw Wine

See Saw wines are all about balance. From our cool climate vineyards, through to our sustainable practices and balanced approach to wine making we aim to achieve the perfect balance. Nurturing this land to bring out our grapes’ finest qualities requires one thing...

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Cargo Road Wines

James Sweetapple is a winemaker from Cargo Road Wines, the President of F.O.O.D Week Inc., and the brains behind the widely successful FORAGE event that is held during F.O.O.D Week each year. Originally a city boy, James’ mother was a caterer – from her domestic...

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CURRENT ASSOCIATION & VOLUNTEERS

The current F.O.O.D Week association and volunteers are made up of a wide representation of professionals from the hospitality, tourism, producers, winegrowing and services industries.

2017 / 2018 Association: James Sweetapple, Michael Sobotta, Len Bennett, Christine Williams, Richard Dowling, David Crawley, Hugh Rasmussen, Michael Abberton and Janette Davie.