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The Tasting Trail

A walking tour uncovering the delicious culinary delights of Orange, NSW

Enjoy a morning stroll discovering the best gourmet gems, history of Orange, as well as an Indigenous food experience and a tasting of local, cold-climate wines.

Highlights

Sample local treats

Taste locally produced cheese, dips, meat, pate, olives, bread and locally grown fruit.

Uncover history

Learn about the region’s settlement and culinary history.

Try bush tucka

Discover Indigenous food culture and try genuine bush tucka with a local Indigenous guide.

Taste cool-climate wine

Indulge in a variety of locally produced cool-climate wines or speciality gins.

Spend your morning exploring the historic town centre of Orange, NSW as we show you the best gourmet gems and local foodie institutions.

Your fully-guided tasting tour includes:

● Meeting an Indigenous elder who’ll share his knowledge of Indigenous food culture and edible native plants
● Your chance to taste genuine bush tucka; damper with chutney and lemon myrtle tea
● Wandering through the historic town centre hearing the stories of local landmarks
● Learning why the region is one of Australia’s most exciting and food and wine destinations
● A charcuterie platter overflowing with locally produced goodies
● Signature tasting experience of cool-climate wines at Ferment Wine Bar

● A downloadable guide to indigenous plants

Your morning stroll is an easy walk (approximately 1 1/2 kilometres), suitable for all levels of fitness.

Get to know Orange with passionate local guides.

  Mondays to Saturdays

  9 am to 12 noon

  2 to 8 guests

Walking tour

  Tasting Indigenous bush tucka, wine tasting, lunch of delicious local produce, friendly local tour guide

  $149 per person

  Tour starts at The Orange Visitor’s Centre on Byng St and finishes at Ferment Orange Wine Centre on Hill Street

Looking for a full day tour? We offer a range of options including visiting an olive grove, seasonal fruit picking and the best wineries in the region. Prices start at $145 depending on the number of guests. See our custom tours for further ideas.

We accept dine & discover vouchers. Enter the code ‘dine&discover’ in the promo section when booking online. You must present your voucher for scanning at the start of the tour.

Testimonials

Highly Recommended 

Nicole entertained us with her local knowledge during the historic walking tour. The indigenous cultural experience was entertaining and informative and the bush tucker was delicious. The local wines we sampled with lunch were lovely. All the locally sourced food was extremely fresh and delicious. I would highly recommend Nicole from Country Food Trails in Orange.

Margaret O’Donnell 

The Tasting Trail

Sumptuous locally sourced food

Nicole did a great job showing us the historic highlights of Orange, including an indigenous food tasting and a sumptuous locally sourced food platter and a lovely wine tasting. Thanks Nicole.

Mark Nash

The Tasting Trail

Engaging and fun

The Tasting Trail Tour was easy walking. It was an excellent mix of indigenous bush tucker knowledge and tasting, Orange historical information and a sampling of local produce, including wines not sold at Cellar Doors. Our tour guide, Nicole, was engaging and fun. I highly recommend this tour. 

Ross Symons

The Tasting Trail

A group of girlfriends and I recently spent a fabulous day with the bubbly and engaging Nicole from Country Food Trails. What a fantastic and fun experience and such a great way to gain a more intimate insight into Orange! Starting with the Heritage Trail, which was fascinating and informative, we then enjoyed the Bush Tucker component presented by the very passionate and entertaining Gerald and his assistant Erin. The morning concluded with a delicious cheese and charcuterie platter prepared by Nicole accompanied by some local Orange cool climate wine tasting at Ferment Orange Wine Centre. We spent the afternoon with the delightful Lee Bell from Dindima Wines and a special visit to Tawarri Olives at the foot of Mt Canobolas where we were treated with a tour of the olive grove and garden, olive oil tasting and a delicious homemade cake. Thank you, Nicole, for helping us put together such a wonderful itinerary for the day.  A real highlight of our stay. 

Ange Flannery

The Farm Trail 

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Meet your tour guide, Nicole

Nicole Farrell is the founder of Country Food Trails and has been an Orange local for most of her life. With years of experience taking small groups on textile safaris of India and Morocco, Nicole knows how to plan a tour that's fun, flexible and filled with exciting hands-on experiences you won't find anywhere else.

If you're looking for a down-to-earth food and wine tour of Orange, NSW, join Nicole on one of our signature tours, or let her design a fully customised private tour for you.

A focus on sustainable agritourism

At Country Food Trails, we're committed to practising sustainable tourism and running zero waste tours. We use cloth napkins and reusable containers, cups and cutlery. We'll happily take home food scraps to feed to our chooks.

As part of our commitment to reducing food waste, we've partnered with Love Food Hate Waste. We also contribute to Greenfleet to offset our carbon emissions. 

To help us reduce waste, please remember to:

 

  • Bring a reusable water bottle
  • Bring a reusable shopping bags
  • Recycle any packaging you take home

FAQ

Is this tour suitable for children?

If you’re travelling with children, we recommend booking a custom tour so we can plan a more family-friendly experience. We’ll be glad to tailor a tour the whole family will enjoy.

How many people will be on the tour?

Between 2 and 8 people on The Tasting Trail. If you’d prefer a private tour, we can create a tour tailored to your food, wine and other interests. Learn more about our custom tours.

How much walking is involved?

The Tasting Trail takes you on a slow stroll through the main street of Orange, NSW. You can expect to be on your feet for 2 hours. Then you’ll sit and enjoy delicious local food and wine. (It’s a generous serving and you won’t need anything further for lunch!)

Where should I park?

The tour starts at The Orange Visitor Information Centre (151 Byng Street) and finishes at Ferment (87 Hill Street). We suggest parking at Ferment and walking down the hill to the visitor’s centre. It’s an easy ten minute stroll. We’ll email a map when you book your place on the tour. 

Do I have to buy a ticket if I don't want to eat or drink?

The Tasting Trail is carefully curated to showcase the best of Orange’s food and wine (or soft drink on request). Even if you don’t intend to eat or drink, you need to buy a ticket. (And we encourage you to try the delicious delights. Yum!)

Can you accommodate my food allergies?

We’ll do everything we can to ensure you can join in on the delicious delights of this tour. Please contact us to discuss your dietary needs.

Can we customise the tour?

Absolutely! We’d love to create a fun, informative, and delicious tour of Orange, tailored to your food, wine or other interests. Our range of local contacts and insider knowledge will take you behind the scenes of one of Australia’s most exciting food and wine regions. Send a message and we’ll design the perfect walking or driving tour for you. Learn more about our custom tours.

What happens if it rains?

All tours operate rain, hail or snow, (after all it is Orange). You should dress for the day’s weather conditions. It’s impossible to cancel a tour at the last minute due to circumstances beyond our control. 

Last-minute bookings

Got a question or want to enquire about last-minute availability? Call Nicole 0402 650 190

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