I don’t know about you, but I don’t consider it to be officially Spring until the first drop of wine hits my lips at a Sydney cellar door experience.  Lucky for us, the season kicks off with a bang this year with the Taste Orange @ Sydney installation in Martin Place on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 September, showcasing the finest wine and produce the region has to offer under a fairylight-lit marquee, providing a canopy of stars to truly bring to life the cellar door experience the region is known for.

Orange City Council is the Principal Sponsor of this year’s event as part of its ‘Visit Orange’ campaign, ahead of the annual Orange Wine Festival which runs from 14-30 October. An outdoor sunken hotel lobby lounge hosted by the Orange Accommodation Group will entice guests at Taste Orange @ Sydney to sit back and relax, browse through tourism and food and wine guides, and start planning their next visit to Orange.

Newtown’s favourite fromagerie, The Stinking Bishops, has been so impressed by an introduction to the quality of the Orange region’s wines and local artisanal cheese from The Second Mouse Cheese Company that they will be hosting an in-store month long menu promotion of the Orange region throughout September. The TSB team will also be joining Taste Orange @ Sydney with a stall featuring the best ‘Taste of Orange Mac and Cheese’ this side of the sandstone curtain.

The award-winning Smudge Eats team will be launching their next culinary travel book at Taste Orange @ Sydney. ‘The Flavours of New South Wales’ features the outstanding Orange region produce and producers, and will be available for purchase at the Smudge stall.

On the menu for the event will be authentic country fare such as the Wild Mushroom, Lemon Thyme, Second Mouse Feta and Porcini Salt Pie and the Venison Knuckle Sandwich with Beetroot Chips and Badlands Beer Jam on Rye from local foodies The Agrestic Grocer; hand-crafted and locally-made cheese from The Second Mouse Cheese Company; perfect homemade preserves and marinated chicken skewers from Franklin Road Preserves; chocolate eclairs, doughnuts and cupcakes galore from Chateau du Chocolat; as well as delicious desserts from The Manildra Group including a Nashdale Apple and Rhubarb Crumble and Sticky Borenore Carrot Cake.

All perfect to wash down with a fine cool climate wine from 17 of the region’s premium and award-winning vineyards. The Orange Wine region is defined by its altitude (it’s high as in elevation and cool as in temperature), and this year celebrates 20 years of being officially recognised as a wine-growing region.Taste Orange @ Sydney is an ideal chance to say hello to the friendly vignerons, taste their amazing wines, and start planning your Orange Wine Festival itinerary. Entry is free, and guests can purchase food and wine at the event.

Where: Taste Orange @ Sydney marquee in Martin Place
When:  Thurs 22 – Fri 23 September, 11.30am-2.30pm and 5pm-8pm each day

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