RAIN couldn’t dampen the spirits of passengers on the FOOD Train as it made its way into Orange yesterday.
“I don’t think it has affected their enthusiasm, organiser Sheelagh Tancred said.
“Everyone’s very enthusiastic and well receiving of all the things we’re showing them and taking them to.”
Mary Flemming travelled from Port Macquarie and says the event has lived up to her expectations.
“So far it has all been wonderful despite the rain. We’ve been well looked after,” she said.
The 25 attendees were joined on the train by three producers: Fiona Schofield of Fresh Fodder, Ruth Swift of Printhie Wines and 2011 Masterchef winner Kate Bracks.
“All the producers were very well received,” Mrs Tancred said.
“Kate was animated and talked about her time on Masterchef and her passion for Orange food.”
Chatswood residents Rob and Sheryl Taylor had wanted to come to FOOD Week for a while, after visiting Orange previously.
“We loved the look of the produce,” Mrs Taylor said.
“I think it’s good for the people of NSW to know that it is a food hub.”
After enjoying lunch at Borrodell Vineyard, the visitors braved the rain and headed out to the orchard to hear Borry Gartrell share his knowledge of the produce.
Richard and Suzy Wood travelled from Narrabeen after being invited by friends.
“We’re great foodies and winos and love country people,” said Mrs Wood, who is originally from Dubbo.
During the weekend FOOD Train guests will enjoy the last events of FOOD Week, including Forage, before heading home on Sunday afternoon.