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2024 FOOD Week | Shine the Light

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A handpicked series of show, tell and taste workshops that highlight the iconic flavours of the region’s produce. Local producers alongside local chefs and cooks create food conversations, share their stories, tips and tricks and their samples.

Learn about the produce, hear the stories, share recipes, and taste delicious samples.
​Enjoy a glass of Tamburlaine Organic Rose for the perfect finish to the morning and take the opportunity to purchase the produce to take home.

CWA Hall Cnr of Byng St & Lords Place, Orange
10.00AM – 12.30pm
Sunday 7 April, Monday 8 April, Tuesday 9 April, Thursday 11 April, Friday 12 April
$20 pp (including GST and booking fee)

Sunday 7 April:  Miso & Mushroom Foraging

Nanae and Robbie share their very different stories on Miso and Mushrooms.  Nanae from Mountain Miso expands on the health-giving properties of miso, and the time-honoured traditions used in creating this unique, naturally fermented product using a recipe handed down from her grandmother in Hiroshima.  Nanae has wonderful ways to incorporate miso into your daily culinary life.

For Robbie, Mushroom Foraging is an art.  His foraging skills and knowledge are mostly self-taught through books and travel and overseas chefs.  Although he forages globally, the Canobolas State Forest this year was perfect for Saffron Milk Caps, Wood Blewitt, and Slippery Jacks.  Not to miss!

Monday 8 April: Gourmet Preserves & Pork

Richard and Felix are both passionate about what they produce. Richard from Franklin Road Preserves tells a wonderful story of a backyard full of cucumbers and what drove him to create a thriving business using organically grown, fresh ingredients. The eggplant chutney (Brinjal Kasundi) is to die for, as is the Roasted Tomato sauce. 

Felix produces all Australian 100% locally grown pigs and hormone free pork products at the Trunkey Creek Family Farm – bacon, ham, salami, pancetta and European style speck, Kessler and more.  And it all started with one lonely pig!

Tuesday 9 April: Apples, Cherries & Cheese
Paula and S.J. are passionate country women. Paula is a third-generation orchardist and owner of Thornbrook Orchard and Hillside Harvest and she shares which apples work best for eating, and cooking, and tips on how cherries, apricots and so many more fruits thrive in the fertile volcanic soil in Orange.

S.J.’s delightful Second Mouse Cheese story is all about how a cheese making class started her on the journey to become an Artisan Cheesemaker. All her cheeses are 100 percent handmade, hand packed and produced using the best milk sourced from local family-owned independent dairies.  Inspiring!

Thursday 11 April: Saffron and Taste Spain
Angela and Ruben share a great love for Orange for very different reasons.  Angela tells of the early challenges in growing Argyle Saffron to become sustainable, and the secrets to this alluring spice and its place in everyday life. Gold Medal Winners in the Harvey Norman Delicious Awards 2021, the story about their amazing journey, and harvesting at 5.00am in winter will delight you!

Chef Ruben Loplez Mesa shares the story of his journey from Pinto in Spain to Australia, and finally to Orange, so like his hometown in Spain! His great skill is in creating traditional Spanish cuisine using our local produce, including saffron.  A chance to try some very different Central West cuisine, and some great cooking tips!

Friday 12 April: Fresh Figs & Sophie Hansen
David Norland and Sophie Hansen are very different experts on Figs.  David and Allison from Norland Fig Orchard are the passionate owners of the 150-year-old, 600 tree orchard, with the most amazing variety of figs. Theirs is a very personal story about how they started out in the business. He’s the expert on when to and how to grow the perfect fig.

Sophie Hansen is a celebrated author, food editor, social media and marketing icon, deer farmer, Australian Rural Woman of the Year, with a newly released cookery book.  She will delight you with great stories as she uses David’s figs in recipes from her treasured cookery books.

Hear their stories, taste and purchase their wonderful products with a glass of Tamburlaine Organic Rose to finish a perfect morning.

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