August 3, 2013
Vineyards Orange District

Vineyards Orange District

Three country regions within New South Wales that have become famous for their fine quality local produce will be showcasing their wares at specialised Food Fairs in the next few months.

The food and wine producers of these regions have well deserved reputations not only within Australia but world wide.

Taste Orange @ Sydney will kick off in the of heart of Sydney’s CBD, Martin Place, on 21 & 22August, giving Sydney siders the chance to taste some of the Orange region’s finest food and wine, cultivated in their cool climate and high altitude.

This two day event offers both day and night festivities, participate with “a trip to Orange in your lunchbreak” between 11.30am to 2.30pm plus a Pop Up Wine Bar from 5pm to 8pm.

In true country hospitality style, chef Kate Bracks will be just one of the friendly local faces to chat to, plus winemakers, tourist representatives, businesses and industry, all eager to share their love and pride for this historic region.

Black Duck Brewery's Alistair OwenTaste Orange @ Sydney has something for everyone, with free entry, wine and food tastings, giveaways, cooking demonstrations, live music & entertainment and 22 of the Orange and District region’s finest wineries, with wines on show from Borrodell Vineyard, Cargo Road, Charles Sturt University, Cumulus, Heifer Station and Logan amongst others.

The Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival 2013 will be held in Bowral at the Bong Bong Picnic Race Course over the weekend of 21 & 22 September.  Visitors will be able to taste local food and fresh produce from the market stalls, plus sample wines by the glass, while listening to live music.  There will also be cooking demonstrations by local chefs.

The cool climate and rich soil of the Southern Highlands produce excellent fresh food and superb local wines of exceptional quality.

After the success of last year’s inaugural festival, this year’s event will welcome back many of the stall holders plus new producers, retailers, restauranteurs, chefs and wine makers.

The Festival runs from 10 am to 4 pm with $10 per person entry and free for children under 15.  Free shuttle buses from Bowral Train Station will transport visitors to the venue in Kangaloon Road.

Showcasing the region’s delectable food and wine, local produce, arts & crafts and retail outlets plus Chefs from the local restaurants will share their knowledge during live cooking demonstrations.  Some of the region’s wines, including riesling, pinot gris, sauvignon blanc, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon varietals, will be available for tasting and purchase.

Just 90 minutes drive south from Sydney, visitors can visit the festival as a day trip or stay overnight at one of the region’s hotels, inns or bed and breakfast establishments.

Breakfast In The Beds

Breakfast In The Beds

Port Macquarie is having a month long festival in October to celebrate the passion, creativity, bounty and variety from its farmers, vignerons, brewers, entertainers and artists.

The SBS Feast Tastings on Hastings food and wine festival commences 6 October with Breakfast in the Beds at Near River Organic Farm and concludes on 27 October with a huge free outdoor festival held throughout the Port Macquarie town centre and riverfront on Town Green, featuring more than 100 exhibitors who grow, bake and make the specialties of this fertile food bowl

To recognise the festival’s growth and commitment to sustainability, this year’s theme is ‘Green and Growing’.

The SBS Feast Cooking Demonstration Arena will feature Luke Nguyen, Gabriele Gate and Patrick Friese alongside local chefs, plus live music, children’s entertainment and wandering musicians.

Port Macquarie is a four hour drive north from Sydney or a one hour flight.

Explore their thriving foodie culture during October or anytime throughout the year. There are winery tours, tastings at boutique brewers, farmers markets and dining at award winning restaurants and cafes.   Sandra Tiltman