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Country Food Trails

Country Food Trails offers thoughtfully planned, intimate food and wine tours for down-to-earth foodies.

 Locally grown
 Locally made
 Locally farmed
 Locally produced

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, my successful international tour business, Red Door Tours, came to a sudden standstill. My heart broke!  The thought of putting my beloved textile safaris of India and Morocco on hold and not accompanying my many returning guests on their next exotic adventure was devastating.

I decided it was time to pivot (I am the poster girl of pivoting) and seize the opportunity to start a new business that would give me the privilege of sharing my beautiful hometown Orange, and the surrounding region with food and wine-loving visitors.  And here we are, with Country Food Trails.

I love Orange, to me it is the heart of NSW. I am passionate about showcasing the incredible food, wine, history, and natural beauty that my beautiful hometown has to offer.  Sure, you can Google, ‘What to do in Orange,’ but you won’t get the knowledge and local experiences that we can offer.

Over the years I have uncovered many unique experiences, hidden gems and delicious treats which have now come together to create a range of unforgettable tours.

If you’re looking for a flexible, fun and down-to-earth tour of Orange, you’ve come to the right place.

I’d love you to join me for a glass of local wine, a picnic in the vineyard or a glimpse into the fascinating history of Orange; I know it won’t be the last time we meet in the beautiful Orange region.

Cheers!

Nicole

Meet the Team

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Nicole Farrell

My favourite:

Cuisine: Thai

Drink: Virgin mojito

Vice: Chocolate (seriously addicted!)

Country: India & Morocco (I can’t choose!)

Local shop: I’ll show you on tour!

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Sharon Seaman

My favourite:

Cuisine: Anything I haven’t had to cook

Drink: Pimms

Vice: Shoes (how can you have too many pairs?)

Country: Australia (there’s nowhere like home)

Local shop: Too many to choose

Why choose us?

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Foodie focus

Connect you with passionate producers, learn about sustainable agricultural and shop for seasonal produce.

Local exclusives

As locals, our knowledge and contacts give you access to the district’s best-kept foodie secrets and exclusive experiences you won’t find in the guide books.

Flexible and fun

We’ll create a great day out, making memories with loved ones.

International experience

We have global experience in designing and leading customised, small group tours that create memories to last a lifetime.

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Down-to-earth

We’re friendly folk who’ll provide a fun, informative and stress-free day visiting the best food and wine venues in Orange.

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Locally owned

Nicole was born in Orange and the company is 100% locally owned. When you tour with us, you’re supporting other local small businesses.

Sustainability

We value sustainable tourism and encourage our guests to support our zero waste goals.

Community minded

We care about our local community and donate to FoodCare Orange. It’s an organisation helping vulnerable families access affordable, healthy food.

Testimonials

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    Kate

    5 star rating The perfect day! Nicole was an amazing tour guide. She made everything so easy and was so accomodating. She took us to some great wineries and to a great spot for lunch! -

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    Eleanor

    I thoroughly enjoyed the tasting trail, which included wine tasting, a guided history tour of Orange, and breakfast with an Indigenous guide who taught us about edible Australian plants. Nicole and Erin were knowledgeable, chatty and welcoming. Great food and company! -

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    Kim Spicer

    The tour was very informative. Our guide knew her stuff and was very personable.The walking tour itself was not challenging and was a good distance. Finishing with a drink at Duntryleague House was a great way to end the tour.Want to try the Indigenous tour next time. Thank you. -

Like catching up with an old friend

Nicole made our Wine and History tour of Orange interesting. We had been on tours before that had made us feel not so special but with Nicole we had felt like we were catching up with an old friend. She was on time when she collected us from our motel. The bus was modern and comfortable. Easy to get in and out of as I have a bad ankle. The wineries were lovely that she had arranged for us to visit. We felt well looked after by both Wineries. Thoroughly enjoyed the History tour of Orange very informative. We highly recommend anyone joining a tour with Country Food Trails.

Kylie Newsome

An enjoyable afternoon

Nicole was very friendly and managed at the last minute to organise a splendid guide, Sharon, for our private tour. Sharon’s passion and knowledge of local history kept us informed and entertained. A great way to learn more about the town and its lively history. A final drink at the hotel was most welcome. Thanks for an enjoyable afternoon.

Denise Harris

A focus on sustainable agritourism

At Country Food Trails, we're committed to practising sustainable tourism and running zero waste tours. We use cloth napkins and reusable containers, cups and cutlery. We'll happily take home food scraps to feed to our chooks.

As part of our commitment to reducing food waste, we've partnered with Love Food Hate Waste. We also contribute to Greenfleet to offset our carbon emissions. 

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To help reduce waste, please:

 

  • Bring a reusable water bottle
  • Bring a reusable shopping bag
  • Recycle any packaging
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Professional memberships and certificates

As tourism professionals, we keep up-to-date with the latest trends and industry best practices.

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Level 1 Award in Wines

World Food Travel Association

Slow Food International

Culinary Certified Tour Operator

Last-minute bookings

Got a question or want to enquire about last-minute availability? Call Nicole 0402 650 190