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The Tasting Trail

A walking tour uncovering the delicious culinary delights of Orange, NSW

Stroll with us through the historic town of Orange. Discover our regions gourmet hidden gems and local foodie institutions as well as our proud Indigenous food culture.

Highlights

platter of local produce

Dine

Enjoy a platter of local produce for lunch.

Orange court house

Discover

Learn about the region’s settlement and culinary history.

Taste

Enjoy Indigenous food and genuine bush tucka.

man with indigenous edible plant

Learn 

Learn about edible, native plants that you can grow in your garden and use in your cooking.

Spend your morning exploring the historic town centre of Orange, NSW as we share the history of our food and wine region.

Your fully-guided tasting tour includes:

● A guided tour with your local, passionate guide 

● Meeting an Indigenous elder who’ll share his knowledge of Indigenous food culture and edible native plants
● Tasting genuine bush tucka; damper with chutney and lemon myrtle tea
● Wandering through the historic town centre listening to stories of local landmarks
● Learning why the Orange region is one of Australia’s most exciting and food and wine destinations
● Lunching on a delicious charcuterie platter overflowing with locally produced food
● A downloadable guide to indigenous plants

The Tasting Trail guided tour is an easy 1 kilometer walk, suitable for all levels of fitness.

Get to know Orange with passionate local guides.

  Any day

  9 am to 12 noon

  2 to 10 guests

Walking tour with a friendly, local guide

  Tasting of Indigenous food (plants), lunch of delicious local produce

  $159 per person

  Tour starts and finishes at The Orange Visitor’s Centre on Byng St

Looking for a full day tour? See our custom tours for further options.

 

Testimonials

Highly Recommended 

Nicole entertained us with her local knowledge during the historic walking tour. The indigenous cultural experience was entertaining and informative and the bush tucker was delicious. I would highly recommend Nicole from Country Food Trails in Orange.

Margaret O’Donnell 

Sumptuous locally sourced food

Nicole did a great job showing us the historic highlights of Orange, including an indigenous food tasting and a sumptuous locally sourced food platter. Thanks Nicole.

Mark Nash

Didn’t want it to end

We had a great time with Nicole, she knows her subject, so interesting that you don’t want it to end. 3 hours passed so fast, we should have booked an entire day trip. Highly recommended.

Danny Lacombe

 

A feast for the senses

I went for the Tasting Trail & it did not disappoint. Fortunate to have Nicole with her passion & expertise. She was also very helpful when I was planning my visit with suggestions on making my Orange experience memorable.
I simply loved meeting Gerald at Comm Garden – very knowledgeable & fun guy who baked beautiful macadamia nut & wattle seed biscuits plus damper with bush relish served with lemon myrtle tea. 
Many thanks to you wonderful folks. The saffron tour is enticing so hope to be back soon!!

Nalini Naidu

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Meet Nicole

Nicole Farrell is the founder of Country Food Trails and has been an Orange local for most of her life. With years of experience taking small groups on textile safaris of India and Morocco, Nicole knows how to plan a tour that's fun, flexible and filled with exciting hands-on experiences.

If you're looking for a down-to-earth food and wine tour of Orange, join Nicole on one of our signature tours, or let her design a fully customised private tour.

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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FAQ

Is this tour suitable for children?
If you’re travelling with children, we recommend booking a custom tour so we can plan a more family-friendly experience. We’ll be glad to tailor a tour the whole family will enjoy.
How many people will be on the tour?
Between 2 and 11 people on The Tasting Trail. If you’d prefer a private tour, we can create a tour tailored to your food, wine and other interests. Learn more about our custom tours.
How much walking is involved?
The Tasting Trail takes you on a slow stroll through the main street of Orange, NSW. You can expect to be on your feet for 1 1/2 hours. Then you’ll enjoy a delicious platter of local produce for lunch at Groundstone cafe.
Where should I park?
The tour starts and finishes at The Orange Visitor Information Centre (151 Byng Street). We’ll email a map when you book your place on the tour.
Are drinks included?
Lunch is at Groundstone cafe which is fully licensed. You can purchase local wine, beer, soft drinks or juice. Please bring your own reusable drink bottle as we don’t provide single use plastic bottles.
Can you accommodate my food allergies?
We’ll do everything we can to ensure you can join in on the delicious delights of this tour. Please contact us to discuss your dietary needs.
Can we customise the tour?
Absolutely! We’d love to create a fun, informative, and delicious tour of Orange, tailored to your food, wine or other interests. Our range of local contacts and insider knowledge will take you behind the scenes of one of Australia’s most exciting food and wine regions. Send a message and we’ll design the perfect walking or driving tour for you. Learn more about our custom tours.
What happens if it rains?
All tours operate rain, hail or snow, (after all it is Orange). You should dress for the day’s weather conditions. It’s impossible to cancel a tour at the last minute due to circumstances beyond our control.

Last-minute bookings

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