SYDNEY’S Martin Place was awash with all things Orange yesterday to tempt stressed-out Sydneysiders with the tastes and sights of our city.
Now in its second year the two-day Taste Orange @ Sydney festival showcased 24 Orange and central ranges wineries as well as local producers.
Over the two days Sydney-siders will be tempted with free food and wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, live music, a pop up wine bar and entertainment.
Orange Region Vignerons’ Association member James Sweetapple said the festival was also a great opportunity to launch the 2013 Wine Week brochure.
“We’re getting more and more Sydney people coming to Orange each weekend and it’s not just for Wine Week,” he said.
Over 80 events are included in the Wine Week festival that runs from October 17 to 27.
Mr Sweetapple said more than 10,000 people attended Wine Week events last year and he hopes it will be even bigger this year.
“There were over 5000 people at the night markets alone,” he said.
Mr Sweetapple said the popular night market will be back again for this year’s Wine Week and is scheduled for Friday, October 25 at Robertson Park.
Over 40 stalls with food and wine will feature along with live entertainment with entry by gold coin donation.
Past issues of people thinking food had sold out at the market will be fixed this year according to Mr Sweetapple, with each stall to have an identifying marker to let people know there was still food available.
“The rumours spread but there was plenty of food left,” he said.
There will also be a black tie Orange Wine Show presentation dinner on Thursday, October 17 at Ross Hill Wines.
“It’s the first time we’ve held a black tie dinner, ”Mr Sweetapple said.
The other “hugely popular” event this Wine Week will be the Orange Wine Show tasting Friday on October 18, Mr Sweetapple said.
For more information on the 2013 Wine Week festival or to book tickets visit www.tasteorange.com.au