Happy New Year! It's been a while, hasn't it? 2016 has honestly flew past in the blink of an eye.
Now, to a post that has been on my to-do-list for a while. It's been somewhat of a new annual tradition to head to Orange every April for the Orange FOOD week to attend the array of amazing events that are held for the regional food festival.
Last year, we stayed at a cute AirBnB in Millthorpe and ate our way around the Orange Region.
In the heart of Orange is Byng Street Local Store. It's a charming cafe, open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch. It's our first stop after a long drive from Sydney, so we decide to have brunch and a wine here.
The food here is simple, with menu items such as sandwiches and wraps. There's a focus on using local produce from the Central West region. We order the zucchini fritters and a vegetarian toasted sandwich, filled with zucchini, roasted pumpkin, baby spinach and pesto.
Vegetarian toasted sandwich
Next stop was some wine tasting at Philip Shaw wines. The cellar door is open everyday from 11am to 5pm, and there's a lovely outdoor area to sit and enjoy the scenery (and a wine or two!) The wine tastings are $10 and reedemable against any wine purchase.
The Idiot Shiraz
I've previously tried The Idiot Shiraz so knew it would be a great choice. Also, most of the wines at Philip Shaw have the most adorable artwork on the labels, which you can see the originals of at the cellar door.
We grab a seat outside and enjoy a substantial cheese platter, which came with a very generous serving of bread and lavosh.
We also stop past Racine Bakery so I can have a stickybeak at the delicious pastries on offer. I end up getting this strawberry tart for later.
After much researching for a more casual dinner option, we decide on Percy's Bar & Kitchen, a small bar that aims to showcase the best of the Orange region.
Thick cut chips
The chips look a tad pale, but are actually nice and crisp. The chips are seasoned with an oregano salt and served with aioli on the side.
Haloumi and BBQ sweet corn salad
Surprisingly, there are several great vegetarian friendly options, including this asian flavoured haloumi and BBQ sweet corn salad with island slaw and lime vinaigrette. I enjoy the addition of fresh herbs.
We forego the traditional desserts in favour of something more liquid...
Freshly brewed espresso, shaken with vodka, Kahlua, Cafe Patron XO. This cocktail is not for the faint hearted and packs quite an alcoholic punch.
Sailor Jerry affogato
This is a DIY affogato, served on a wooden platter with an espresso shot, housemade chilli chocolate ice cream, and a very generous of portion of rum. I wasn't a massive fan of the chilli chocolate ice cream combined with the other elements, it would have worked so much better with plain old vanilla.
I will definitely be more organised next time and book in FORAGE (the signature Orange event where you walk through the vineyards and sample food and wine along the way). It always seems to be immensely popular and sells out straight away!
Check out my previous blog post on Orange FOOD week here: http://missklicious.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/orange-food-week-trip.html