Paddock to Plate: Museum exhibition has its focus on food | Video

EARLY TASTE OF EXHIBITION: Orange mayor Reg Kidd, Orange Regional Museum director Bradley Hammond and Paddock to Plate consultative curator Sandra McEwen.
EARLY TASTE OF EXHIBITION: Orange mayor Reg Kidd, Orange Regional Museum director Bradley Hammond and Paddock to Plate consultative curator Sandra McEwen.

People were given a sneak peak of items ranging from historic farm machinery to household appliances on Thursday ahead of the opening of the newest exhibition at Orange Regional Museum. 

Paddock to Plate: a history of food and wine in Orange and district will open to the public on Saturday.

The exhibition coincides with FOOD week, which kicks off with the Night Markets at Robertson Park from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on Friday. 

Paddock to Plate consultative curator Sandra McEwen has been in Orange working on the exhibition for the past seven months  deciding what stories need to be told and sourcing items for the exhibition, which will remain open for a year.

She said some items came from the museum’s collection while others were on loan from individuals and other museums in the area.

“I think people in rural areas do understand where food comes from but maybe not as much as they used to 100 years ago [when] people knew where their meat came from,” Ms McEwen said.

She said the 300 exhibits have a historical focus ranging from the days when Wiradjuri people lived off native flora and fauna tens of thousands of years ago through to colonisation and the rise of machines and technology and how they have changed how and what we eat.   

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