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Winter events in Orange, New South Wales

1. The Orange Winter Fire Festival

4th-6th August 2023

You may have heard of the Orange Wine Festival or F.O.O.D. Week, but have you heard of the Orange Winter Fire Festival? The annual Winter Fire Festival is a great chance to experience an Orange winter through events run over the festival. The event showcases the best of winter with a market in Millthorpe complete with mulled wine and unique experiences offered by local producers, wineries and restaurants. There is even the chance to picnic by a fire pit and enjoy delicious winter-inspired meals by renowned local chefs. Visit the Orange360 website here for the full program.

Photo credit: @orange360_allyearround

2. Orange Winter Jazz Fest

10th-11th June 2023

The Orange Winter Jazz Fest brings together talented jazz musicians with the beauty of winter in Orange to create an unforgettable experience. Get ready to tap your feet, swing to the rhythm, and enjoy the best of the Central West's music scene, alongside some of Australia's most electrifying jazz, blues and folk artists. What better way to spend the June long weekend? Visit the Orange360 website here for the full program.

Photo credit:@orangejazzfest

3. Antique, Jewellery & Collectables Fair

16th-18th June 2023, 9:30am to 4pm at Orange Function Centre

If you're a fan of antiques and collectables, you'll love the annual antique, jewellery and collectables fair, which is in its 39th year! The event will host a range of stalls from curios, specialist exhibitors and professional antique dealers from around the country.

Photo credit: Orange360

4. Masterclasses with Michael Manners

Various weekends in June at Ross Hill Wines

Whether you choose Red Wine and Winter Dishes, the Canapés Masterclass or the Italian Masterclass, you're in for a culinary treat! Take a look at the list of masterclasses available:
Red Wine and Winter Dishes: Saturday 3rd June 2023, 11am to 2pm, $140
Canapés Masterclass: Saturday 8th June 2023, 6pm to 8pm, $100
Italian Masterclass:  Saturday 17th June 2023, 11am to 2pm, $140

Photo credit:@rosshillwines

5. The Journey Person Handmade Pop-Up

21st-25th June 2023 at The Corner Store Galley

The Journey Person represents a community of local artisans and designers based in Central West NSW. The Handmade Popup showcases a thoughtfully handpicked array of exceptional, locally crafted goods. You’ll find jewellery, art, ceramics, clothing, hats, textiles, metalwork, children’s toys, kitchen knives, homewares, flowers, plants, sculpture, candles, stationary, DIY craft supplies and more! Click here for more info.

Photo credit: The Corner Store Gallery

Jump over to our booking page and lock in your visit to Orange this winter.


Racine Grazing Box

Racine Orange

Award winning chef  Shaun Arantz and his wife Willa created something special in Orange when they opened their modest little bakery within a sourdough’s throw of Woolworths in the heart of Orange. After closing their hatted restaurant of the same name, they poured their heart & soul into baking goods that made people feel good. It didn’t take long before Racine Bakery became THE ONLY place to get your freshly baked sourdough, croissants, pastries, muffins, cakes and coffee (their Vanilla Slice is mind blowing!). Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Racine started offering Grazing Boxes!

So while a visit to Racine during your stay at Basalt is a must, we felt that being able to have a pre-prepared Racine Grazing Box in your fridge awaiting your arrival would be the icing on the cake. Enjoy!


Rikard Riesling

Rikard Riesling

Nose shows lime blossom, jasmine and preserved lemon first, followed by a slatey minerality, some fennel and a slight mealy, biscuity character. Lime and green apple on the palate are overlaid with nettles and green apricot. The acid structure is juicy without being tart and carries the abundance of fruit well. Lovely balance and intensity, with a myriad of spices popping up and then retreating with each sip.

Swinging Bridge “Mrs Payten” Chardonnay

Swinging Bridge Chardonnay

As was Mrs Payten, Tom’s grandmother, these are wines of style, elegance and finesse. This Chardonnay was first released to celebrate Armah’s 90th Birthday in 2013 and was matured in tightly grained French Oak, balancing its rich stone fruit and grapefruit characters. With its depth of flavour, flintiness and natural, cool climate acidity, this is a wine thatwill reward cellaring.

Macquariedale Pinot Gris

Macquariedale Pinot Gris

These grapes were hand harvested from a sustainable grown vineyard on the northern slopes of Mount Canobolas at 860m. The wine exhibits delicate floral aromas of citrus and orange blossom. The palate has lime zest overtones and has a hint of residual grape sugar.

De Salis Pinot Noir

De Salis Pinot Noir

De Salis Estate Pinot Noir with a lively nose of Orange Citrus, Raspberry Liquorice and Pork and Fennel sausage. A fine textured palate of Sour Cherry, White Strawberry backed up with an underlying earthiness of Portobello Mushroom and spice and lingering Campari finish.

Philip Shaw “The Idiot” Shiraz

Philip Shaw Shiraz

The Idiot is dark purple hue. Dark plums with hints spice ranging from cinnamon to white pepper. Its undeniably cool climate shiraz with mid palate tannin and a fine finish with toasted vanilla oak. Enjoy now or cellar for the next 5 years. Ideal accompaniment with friends and BBQ.

ChaLou “Dreaded Friend” Rose

ChaLou Dreaded Friend Rose

Quince and Rasberry with rose water lift. Bright refreshing palate with savoury elements and dry finish.





Sweet Sour Salt

Located in the heart of Orange, Sweet Sour Salt is a modern Asian fusion restaurant which has grown to become one of the region’s favourite dining establishments over the past 15 years.  Owner and chef Ivan Podres and his team regularly surprise and delight with their unique flavour blends.

Basalt has teamed up with Sweet Sour Salt to enable our guests to make the most of the amazing in-studio dining experience without worrying about what to cook. We’ve selected the 6 most popular dishes on the Sweet Sour Salt menu, matched them to some of our favourite local wines and made them available to our guests to enjoy on their arrival night.

Each guest will receive an email 15 days prior to check-in inviting them to place their order. Orders must be received min. 7 days prior to arrival. Meals will be prepared fresh and delivered by your Basalt host to your studio fridge ready for your arrival. Simply heat up, pick some seasonal herbs from the studio’s garden to garnish and serve. A great way to start your stay!



Michael Manners

Michael Manners

Manners began his career in France in the early 1960s, followed by a stint at England’s renowned Hole in the Wall in Bath. In 1970, Manners teamed with a Dany Chouet to open the bistro Upstairs in Sydney, giving the city’s fledgling dining out scene an unexpected sophistication. In 1976, following another stint in France, Michael opened the Glenella Guesthouse at Blackheath which quickly became one of the state’s great destination restaurants, regularly earning two hats.

After stints at Katoomba (Table Manners) and Leura’s Silks, Michael and wife Josephine moved to Orange and opened his acclaimed restaurant Selkirks in 1997. In doing so, they gave an already vibrant food and wine scene the focus it needed – a champion restaurant. In the history of the Good Food Guide, Manners is one of the most hatted chefs in NSW, with more than 20 awarded.

Michael is a legend in the Orange food scene and now prepares seasonal, 3-course, easy to plate up meals for Basalt guests to enjoy in the comfort of their studio.