IT might cost $850 a ticket, but the FOOD Train is one of the best ways to experience Orange, according to its organisers.
In its fourth year, the FOOD Train, will bring 24 passengers from Sydney’s Central Station to Orange on Friday as part of FOOD Week.
Volunteer organisers Sheelagh Tancred and Mandy Walker, who will chaperone the visitors during their three-day trip, say the guests will be wined and dined on the train before visiting Borrodell for an apple walk, the Orange Region Farmers’ Markets, Forage and Millthorpe for a heritage walk.
“No one will go home hungry at the end of the weekend,” Ms Walker said.
The trip will also feature a celebrity appearance from 2011 MasterChef Australia winner Kate Bracks, who will provide the morning tea on the train.
“She’s doing a station for Forage as well, so we’re very lucky to have her on the train,” Mrs Tancred said.
Mrs Tancred said the train was an alternative way to explore Orange.
“They could do it under their own steam, but this is a whole package of accommodation, events and it’s encouraging people to see what is here,” she said.
“Probably if they drove themselves, they wouldn’t see as much as they’re going to see by going on the train.”
Ms Walker said Forage was her favourite part of FOOD Week.
“Forage is lovely because it’s just a whole day of easy walking and good food and wine,” she said.
“Here in Orange, we’re so lucky that there’s such a wide range of local produce.”
Mrs Tancred said food was a great conversation starter.
“I think it’s a wonderful way of sharing with people,” she said.
FOOD Week runs until Sunday, with the rescheduled Night Market taking place this Friday from 5.30pm to 9pm at Robertson Park.