Rediscover natural foods, forage in the forest and taste bush-tucker in Central NSW with new food trails, events and farm tours in 2021. Orange has launched Country Food Trails and The Orange Wild Weekend, Parkes’ Outback Lamb is offering Farm Tours, and Oberon’s Field to Forest Festival is a mushroom forager’s delight.
Central NSW is perfect for a foodie road-trip, located two-hours’ drive from Sydney it includes Oberon, Bathurst, Orange, Blayney, Lachlan, Cowra, Canowindra, Grenfell, Parkes and Forbes.
For an epicurean adventure in Orange, new Country Food Trails offers small private tours to farms, breweries, and wineries with a focus on Indigenous bush-tucker and history. There is private driving or walking tours including the three-hour ‘Tasting Trail’, the ‘Ale Trail’ or the ‘Farm Trail’. Local Orange host Nicole Farrell shares her passion, knowledge and goes off the beaten path in this world-renowned foodie hotspot. www.countryfoodtrails.com.au
This Autumn The Orange Wild Weekend is held over three days and features bush-walks, producers, foragers, conservationists and chefs inspired by local Mount Canobolas’ natural food and animals. Dine at Millthorpe’s Tonic and Sisters’ Rock Restaurant, wine-taste at the Strawhouse, and learn to make a tablescape. Hosted by Ali Shillington of Lokale Bluemen, dates are 19-21 March and 16-18 April. www.lokaleblumen.com/the-orange-wild-weekend.
From 9-18 April 2021 Orange’s Food Week is celebrating 30 years as Australia’s longest running regional food festival with six signature events and over 90 satellite events hosted at local restaurants and cellar doors. There’s the Sampson Street Lunch with some of Orange’s gastronomic icons, Meet the Producer workshops and a Producer Market and Brunch, across a COVID-safe format. www.orangefoodweek.com.au
Orange based Spanish chef Ruben Lopez has launched A table for 10, a special dining or cooking class experience which celebrates his Spanish heritage through Australian food. Designed for 10 people, the mobile catering business brings the smells, tastes and flavours of Spain to your venue or accommodation with tapas, paella, dessert and more. https://a-table-of-ten.business.site/
In Canowindra the ethical Bush Goddess Pennie Scott from The Cook and the Wino is offering ‘The Bush Goddess Platter’ a grazing plate at the beautiful Rosnay Organic Cellar Door with Rosnay olives, figs, stone fruit, edible flowers and local seasonal goodies curated by Pennie and matched with local wines. www.rosnay.com.au and www.penniescott.org
Outside Parkes join Outback Lamb‘s new Farm Tours for a pure slice of Australiana, an educational three-hour tour of beautiful ‘Westpoint’, a 5000-hectare family-run farm. Learn about Fiona and Bill’s sustainable farming philosophy as they now supply lamb to boutique butchers in Sydney, see seasonal activities in action, and enjoy a homegrown Outback Lamb for lunch. www.outbacklamb.com.au
Pack an empty basket and head to Oberon’s Field to Forest Festival from 1-30 April 2021. A month of foodie events includes wild mushroom foraging tours with Detour Adventures, forage training workshops and edible adventures with Diego Bonetto, and Wine Beer and Gin Open Trails through the picturesque countryside. Join a 4WD Fish and Forage tour for trout in the Duckmaloi River, shop at the Oberon and Tarana Markets, and enjoy open days at Mayfield Garden and Gairloch Garden. www.visitoberon.com/events
One of Bathurst’s best kept secrets is the quality of its family-run cool climate wineries. Newly opened is Rock Forest Vineyard which has a deep Indigenous connection, a massive flat rock surface below the cellar door collects water as it did for thousands of years by the Wiradjuri. Renzaglia Wines has a newly refurbished cellar door and also try Vale Creek, Bellbrook Friends Wines and Winburndale Wines. www.bathurstregion.com.au
In Blayney’s historic village of Carcoar, Antica Australis, a new Italian restaurant, was just awarded a Chef’s Hat in the 2021 Good Food Guide Awards. ‘Bringing a little of the soul of rural Italy to the heart of regional Australia.’ www.anticacarcoar.com
Teeming with fantastic restaurants, wine bars, vineyards, producers, bakers and makers, your palate will enjoy every part of a visit to Central NSW.
Unearth your Central NSW experience at www.visitcentralnsw.com.au