Whenever we mentioned we were relocating to Orange NSW from Sydney, nearly always the first question was what on earth we were going to do here. Are you freakin’ kidding people, there are more than 40 vineyards for a start!
It’s also gourmet heaven, has a vibrant arts + culture scene, is awash with parks and gardens, surrounded by historic and charming gold-rush era villages and totally primed for bushwalking and camping. But perhaps what I love most about Orange and the surrounding region, are the number of food and wine festivals and cultural events that proliferate throughout the year. I’ve only been here for two weeks and already my dancecard is full for summer.
Here’s an overview of what’s coming up in 2014:
- Parkes Elvis Festival, 8-12 January
- Orange Picnic Races, 18 January
- Slow Summer Banjo Patterson Festival, 7-17 February
- Orange Region Farmers Market, 8 Feb (on every 2nd Saturday each month)
- Flix in the Stix, 22 February
- Millamolong Polo Carnival, 16-16 March
- F.O.O.D Week, 4-13 April
- FrostFest, 30 July – 6 August
- Wine Week, 23 October – 2 November
Throw in regular exhibitions at Orange Regional Gallery and Jayes Gallery in Molong, an incredible line-up of shows for the 2014 season at Orange Civic Theatre, and you’ll see what I mean about a packed schedule. The Taste Orange website is one of the best resources available to see what’s on offer in the region, and you can find them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all the events.
[PS: you can also always get yourself down to Taste Orange pop-up in Martin Place, Sydney in August for a sneak preview of the glorious wines of Orange, to whet your appetite for a visit to the real deal.]