Orange's Apple Ramble returns in time for FOOD Week

HARVEST: Orange Apple Ramble hosts and orchardists Peter West, Charlene Thurston, Guy Gaeta, Charlie, Bernard, Maggie, Fiona and Billy Hall, Lucy Pearce. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0321jkapple1

HARVEST: Orange Apple Ramble hosts and orchardists Peter West, Charlene Thurston, Guy Gaeta, Charlie, Bernard, Maggie, Fiona and Billy Hall, Lucy Pearce. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0321jkapple1

Tickets to many of Orange FOOD Week’s events are rapidly selling out.

FOOD Week begins on Friday, March 31 and runs until Sunday, April 9. Major events such as Forage and a sustainable lunch at Ross Hill Wines have already sold out.

If you’ve missed out on tickets to Forage, the Orange Apple Festival are holding their Apple Ramble on Saturday April 1 to support FOOD Week.

The Apple Ramble starts at FOOD Week headquarters with a bus taking people to Nashdale, a 2.5 kilometre walk will take people through a commercial orchard, a heritage orchard and a trufferie.

“It’s a paddock to plate experience,” orchadist and Orange Apple Festival committee member Fiona Hall said.

“You can see the apple growing, the picking and people can witness harvest in full swing – there’s not many opportunities to see that.”

Mrs Hall said there’s four stations along the walk around the orchard, with an appetiser, main course for lunch, dessert and then a savoury finish with live music.

As you’d expect, apples feature in every dish.

“It’s a picturesque walk with local orchadists along the way, it’s like a little, mini-Forage,” Mrs Hall said.

It’s not the first time the ramble has been run, Mrs Hall said people who attended the mother’s day even last year had only praise for the event.

SOLD OUT: Tickets to FOOD Week's Forage event for 2017 all but sold out within 30 minutes.

SOLD OUT: Tickets to FOOD Week's Forage event for 2017 all but sold out within 30 minutes.

“Everyone who came along loved it,” she said.

“It’s a real family event, many events are geared towards adults, but this is for everyone, there’s activities for children. The whole family can have a great time.”

The Apple Ramble allows people to see behind the scenes of the orchard, it’s not about educating visitors from the city.

“There’s also locals who don’t always get the chance to see the harvest,” Mrs Hall said.

Tickets to the Apple Ramble are limited, with only 50 remaining, Mrs Hall said people could visit www.orangeapples.com.au to buy tickets.

The Apple Ramble 

  • Saturday, April 1, from 11am
  • Meet at FOOD HQ, tickets include ciders, food and transport and are $85 per person or $210 per family.
  • Call 6365 3477 in business hours for more information
  • For the full list of Orange FOOD Week events head to www. orangefoodweek.com.au/events/
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