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The Provenance Express

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A slow travel, slow food odyssey from Sydney to Orange by train during the annual Orange FOOD Week festival. Presented by Silver Compass Tours, the 3-day packaged and hosted Provenance Express has with an emphasis on local organic and biodynamic food and wine experiences as well as visits to historic villages, vineyards and farms during Autumn harvest.

Tasting Notes – a magical musical (and wine) tour

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A musical mystery tour through a world of never-before heard live music carefully matched with local wines. Be sweep away on a journey through sonic flavours and delectable tannins with four different performances at four different vineyards and carefully-selected matched wines. A bus will transport you and your friends as you vineyard-hop your way through an exciting program of world-class musicians and award-winning wines. A sensory experience not to be missed. Will you agree with the chosen combinations? Come and make your own…Tasting Notes.

The ticket includes four 30min concert performances of varying styles and genres; eight glasses of wine from 4 different vineyards and bus travel. Any additional wines or light snacks will be available for purchase by the guest from each venue. Your own picnic hamper may be brought to enjoy on the bus but no food or alcohol can be brought into the venues.

The bus departs the Orange Visitors Centre, Byng St at 10:30am. Sustainable “keep” wine glasses will be available for purchase for use throughout the journey. The bus will return to the original pickup point at around 4pm.

Bushranger Gang Food & Wine Adventure

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A one-day food and wine adventure through the historic village of Canowindra in the Orange wine region following in the footsteps of one of the region’s most famous locals, Ben Hall and his bushranging gang. Includes a guided walking tour of the main street of Canowindra with Blind Freddy’s Bushranger Tours. We’ll then go to the gang’s Bald Hill lookout, which is conveniently situated above Wallington Wines biodynamic vineyard. We will be pausing here for an organic wine-tasting and cheese platters while our guide regales us with stories of the bushranger gang’s escapades and stage coach hold-ups near the site. A bushranging tour of the area wouldn’t be the same without a stop by the Escort Rock at Eugowra which was the scene of one of the gang’s most daring gold heists and Australia’s most notorious crime at the time. Returning back to Canowindra we will be met by Ben Hall and Johnny Gilbert and rounded up as ‘hostages’ in the Royal Hotel Canowindra pub for a lively afternoon of music, craft beer, local wines and a smokin’ BBQ by the Smoking Brothers.

Opening the Conversation

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Come and hear raw and powerful stories about mental health battles at this exclusive one-day-only, gourmet BBQ lunch!
Swanee himself and I Am Worthmore founder, Luke McLean, will be personally in attendance to present their stories to you.

John Spicer’s Mechanical Repairs presents Opening the Conversation with Swanee on March 3rd from 12pm at the Highland Heritage Estate. This gourmet BBQ, interactive Q&A and live auction is designed to help remove stigma associated with mental health, mental illness & addiction by sharing stories and normalising the conversation.
Rock legend, John “Swanee” Swan will be sharing his battles with addiction and mental illness & what has allowed him to move forward with his life. His emotion is obvious to see and if you haven’t heard Swanee speak live, this is definitely not to be missed.
Founder of I Am Worthmore, Luke McLean, will be in attendance and will share his own struggles with gambling addiction, depression, anxiety and the lowest moments that almost ended his life. He will share the strategies he used to manage and improve his mental health issues and explain what motivates him now. This talk is no holds barred and you will get a powerful speech from a man who now has spoken all around Australia.

To round up the evening, enjoy listening to some old school tracks as Swanee will perform live!

Don’t miss your chance to attend this one off event in Orange!

Ross Hill Winery Tours

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Before opening the cellar door for wine tastings each day, guests can experience a personalised tour of Ross Hill’s certified carbon neutral winery. Enrich your tasting experience by gaining an insight into the care and passion that contributes to creating our award winning wines. Tours commence at 10am. Group bookings must be made by appointment in advance.