Orange Apple Festival

Come and celebrate the Orange District's rich history of being an apple growing region. The inaugural Orange Apple Festival featuring all things apples will run from Friday May 8 to Sunday May 10, 2015.

Orange Apple Festival

Celebrate all things Apples - our region, its history, as an orchard area and the fruit itself.


School Activities

  • Dress up Day – wear ‘Apple Colours’ - red or green to school.
  • Apple Art – capture an apple in paint, ink, film to display @ Orange Region Farmers Market
  • Apple Pie Drive – fundraise for your school in association with Roberts Bakery and Whitey's Pies
  • 11am The BIG Crunch with children across the district all munching on apples sponsored by Woolworths
  • Visits from Growers, Producers, Chefs & Cooks to talk apples & count down the Big Crunch
  • Get the Juice with Appledale – organise juice for your school direct from the growers

To arrange apples for the BIG CRUNCH, a visit from a grower, producer, chef or cook, to organise a pie drive or get apple juice, please call Cath Thompson, Festival Co-ordinator on 0425 259 350.

Grate Apple Cook Up

Drop in to the CWA Hall in Robertson Park to meet  a ‘core group’ of cooks, chef’s, foodies & Country Women, bring a peeler, 2 empty glass jars, a chopping board, and wear an apron! We’ll be making apple sauce to give away - One jar for you, One jar to give to someone you know and One jar to give for to someone you don’t!

Enquiries or to Book your ‘pot’ call Cath Thompson 0425 259 350

Venue: CWA Hall in Robertson Park, Orange
(sponsored by Ashcroft's Supa IGA, Betta Electrical and NAB)

Heritage Apple Walk at Borrodell on the Mount

Meet local orchardist Borry Gartrell, take a wonder through the orchard and learn about ‘long lost’ apple varieties, grab some apples & a sip of cider.
11am $10.00pp. Bookings: 0418 865 217

Take a free Orange Apple

Take a free Orange apple from the Orchardist's gates as you cycle, walk, run or drive past.


Orange Region Farmers Market 8.30am – 12.30pm

Location: Agricultural Pavillion, Orange Showground, Leeds Parade, Orange.

Meet the orchardists & buy direct from the growers. You’ll be able to taste & try the apple in all its forms – we’ll showcase apple pies, pastries, slices, sweet treats, toffee apples, fresh apple juice, a range of ciders, apple jams & jellies.

  • Apple Bobbing, Apple Slinkies, Meet the Pink Lady Apple, Art display on the walls of the market
  • Chef's Table 9.30 to 10.30 with Whitey and his famous apple pies
  • Taste the District’s Cider - Sample Small Acres Cyder, Borrodell Heritage Apple Cider & Sacred Valley Apple Cider
  • Recipe Swap – bring your favourite apple recipes to the market – we’re putting together Orange Apple Heritage Recipes. Let us feature your recipe, learn their origin, why you love to cook them & who you cook them for.

Orchard & Packing Shed Tour

Visit a local apple grower, walk through the orchard, see a packing shed, taste apples straight off the tree. Bus departs Orange Visitors Information Centre 1.30pm. Cost: $10.00 pp includes a bag of apples. Bookings: 0425 259 350

Take a free Orange Apple

Take a free Orange apple from the Orchardist's gates as you cycle, walk, run or drive past.


Apple Festival Fun Run

Meet out at Orange Botanic Garden Orchard 8.45am for a 9.00am start. Be rewarded with an apple at the end! Enquiries: Jane Fairgrieve 0411 526 689

Morning Orchard Tour / Long Table Lunch in the Orchard

The humble 'Orange Apple' is the hero of this long table orchard lunch featuring two of the region's finest cooks, Josie Chapman and Lesley Russell. Enjoy a tour of the packing shed and orchard as well as Small Acres Cyder and Sacred Valley Cider. Listen to the sounds of one of the region's finest acoustic artists, Matt Arthur. $85 sponsored by Harris Farm Markets

More event information here

Mothers Day Lunches throughout the district

Sweet & savoury apple dishes will feature on our menus and in the glass.

Take a free Orange Apple

Take a free Orange apple from the Orchardist's gates as you cycle, walk, run or drive past.

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