From 20-22 August, 11:30am- 2:30pm and 5pm-8pm, the vineyards of Orange came to Martin Place and set up barrels of wine for everyone to taste, sample and buy.
This was lunch break challenge #2. North Sydney -> Wynyard -> walk to Martin Place, sample at least 5-6 different wines -> walk back to Wynyard -> catch the train to North Sydney. Done and dusted and this is how it went.
The flags signified the #TasteOrangeNSW presence.
There was a little chalkboard sign with the details.
It was a bit quiet when I was there and not many people were sitting down and enjoying the performance from Gabe Middleton. She had such a nice voice and sang some great music!
It was really cute having the signs up for individual wineries. I mean, they were bringing the country into the city! #countrygirl
What I really loved about the festival was that there were plenty of brochures everywhere. There has been so many times that I’ve missed out on important information because it wasn’t distributed correctly. These brochures were super special because they had a 10% off voucher- doesn’t everyone feel great when they got a great deal!
There were buckets of chilled wine.. from your red Shiraz, to your white Chardonnay.. it was all there.
Some funky labels were also on the wine bottles. There’s some potential out there..!
As I went past all the mini stalls and meeting the owners of these vineyards, the favourite was no doubt the tasting! Wines are unique and everyone has their flavours they like and dislike. This was a great opportunity to sample, taste and buy!
To be honest, it wasn’t even that expensive. Wine bottles ranged from $15 up.. but mind you, there were some that were $$$$$. I was even talking to one of the guys there and he said that it’s all organic and made by hand!
Aside from the wine tasting, there were a few stalls around with food. To my surprise, everything was only $5 to eat! That’s an awesome lunch/dinner!
An organic fruit market was there..
and some samples of pumpkin/cashew, blue vein/pistachio.. that one was soooo goood!
Unlike a lot of festivals, there were benches that people could sit around. I really liked the wooden feel to this event. Not only that, but everyone was so chilled, happy and ready for a drink!
@TasteOrange commented on my Instagram in which I wrote “Who says I can’t have wine for lunch?” and they replied “Wine is a food group@angela_bee!” Wine is made from grapes and grapes is fruit! #nailedIT!
Rating Review: (1-5, with 5 being exceptional)
Product (wine from Taste Sydney): 5/5
Would I recommend going to Taste Orange? Definitely an awesome place to catch up with friends while sampling and buying some wine! I was quite worried about the weather but it was a bit sunny. Once I got back to work, I was telling my colleagues to go tomorrow!
Highlight: I loved the set up. There was basically a circular stand so you just had to walk in a circle around. The stalls weren’t overly huge, but small enough so that each person had their selection on display. That made it more lively as opposed to those exhibitions where it was just too spaced out..
Suggestion of improvement: It could’ve been better if there were maybe two people at each stall? I found it difficult getting samples from some places because there was only one representative, but having said that, there were some stalls with 2-3 people and that really helped! One person would look after the sales, and the other person would be converting them.
Ends: August 22, 2014