The thriving food and wine scene in Orange makes this town the perfect foodie weekend away.
Located in the central west of New South Wales, Orange’s high altitude, cool climate and rich volcanic soils have meant wineries have flourished and the quality of produce grown there is high. From trendy cafes to hatted restaurants, the food scene in Orange has something to suit a wide range of taste buds and budgets.
How to get to Orange
REX Airlines operate multiple direct flights to Orange every day from Sydney which takes less than 50 minutes. In fact the flight is so quick they give you a tea/coffee voucher to get a drink before you take off – as there’s no time in the air for hot drinks service!
Where to stay in Orange
For a touch of luxury, book yourself into the de Russie Boutique Hotel, Orange’s only boutique, self-contained apartment hotel. For more of a country vibe, head to the award-winning Black Sheep Inn which is located just 9km west of Orange. Orange also has a wide range of motels, refurbished cottages and bed & breakfasts available. For a complete list of accommodation options, check out the Brand Orange website.
Where to Eat in Orange
The Agrestic Grocer This cafe/speciality food shop offers a tasty menu of seasonal breakfast and lunch options alongside a huge range of produce direct from the producers including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cheese and gourmet pantry items. Address: 426 Mitchell Hwy, Orange NSW 2800
Byng Street Cafe Byng Street Cafe features a delicious array of food options featuring local produce and is the perfect place to start your day with a great range of coffee, tea, milk shakes and smoothies. Breakfast classics are served using smoked bacon from the nearby Trunkey Creek, and eggs from local chickens at Hillside Harvest. Address: 47 Byng Street, Orange NSW 2800
Percy’s Bar and Kitchen The owners of Percy’s are passionate about showing off the best of what Orange has to offer, and the bar and kitchen showcases an ever-changing menu of food designed to share. The cocktail menu has a great combination of classic and unique drink options, and the wine list offers the finest selection of Orange wines. Address: 120 Summer St, Orange NSW 2800
At Stepping Stone, the menu changes with the seasons and incorporates a unique blend of Modern Australian and traditional Italian food. The food is excellent value for money and the service is top notch, making it the perfect place to indulge. Address: 179 Anson Street, Orange NSW 2800
The Sugar Mill If you have a sweet tooth, head to The Sugar Mill for freshly baked French pastries, desserts and gourmet pies shipped daily from The Old Mill Cafe in Millthorpe. They also serve coffee by Fish River Roasters, alongside a selection of teas and homemade milkshakes. Address: 1/86 Summer St, Orange NSW 2800
What to Do in Orange
Farmer’s Markets On the 2nd Saturday of every month, Orange hosts a huge Farmer’s Market which is an excellent time to pick up some fresh produce and meet the farmers. Make sure you get a Trunkey Creek bacon roll – the ultimate breakfast on the go!
Vineyards You can’t go to Orange without a visit to one of its many award-winning vineyards including Philip Shaw, Colmar Estate and Patina Wines. The easiest way to experience a range of vineyards is to book in with Orange Wine Tours for a Half Day or Full Day Tasting tour.
Events Orange is continuing to cement its reputation as a food and wine destination with the growing popularity of their annual festivals such as FOOD Week in April, the Orange Apple Festival in May and the Orange Wine Festival in October.
To experience the impressive array of wine and food options Orange has to offer, make sure you book yourself in now for the ultimate foodie weekend away!
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Sarah Shrapnel is a Sydney-based food and travel writer with a massive sweet tooth and an incurable case of wanderlust. Find her travel guides and recipes at Love Swah and follow her eating adventures at @loveswah on Instagram.