Alex Kearns from Glebe Point Diner heads the inaugural Autumn Grazing Dinner in Blayney at Orange F.O.O.D week 2018

Sydneysider Alex Kearns, exec chef at Sydney’s Glebe Point Diner, is set to return to the place where he used to pitch a tent and throw a few snags on the barbie on family holidays, to stage a capacious 300-person dinner under the stars, as part of the upcoming Orange F.O.O.D Week.

A highlight of the festival's 10-day food and wine calendar, the Autumn Grazing Dinner in Blayney on Monday 9 April, will see Kearns preparing a delectable array of roving canapes in the picturesque Carrington Park at the centre of charming Blayney village, where Kearns and his family used to holiday each year.

Diners will then be escorted by local musicians to the nearby Blayney Community Centre where they will be treated to 2-courses of generous share platters followed by individual desserts.

The inaugural event features some of the best seasonal produce from farms within a 5km distance of the town centre, including local quark, figs, chestnuts, Angelina plums, wild blackberries and organic lamb.

Alex Kearns is looking forward to returning to Blayney to take on the challenge of delivering the delicious dining experience for 300 guests.

"Blayney is a place I know well. For about five years in the 1990s my parents took us camping there at Easter," he said. "The Autumn Grazing Dinner in Blayney for the Orange FOOD week festival is going to be a wonderful celebration of community."

"The most exciting part is speaking to locals who are growing weird and wonderful things - usually not on a commercial basis - and pulling together a menu from farms within 5km of where they will be cooked.

"Orange is one of those places that always has such delicious food, and we’ve used plenty of Orange region produce and wine over the years at Glebe Point Diner."

The Autumn Grazing Dinner in Blayney will also include live music from the infectious sounds of local jazz band Trouble with Johnny. Tickets are can be purchased here


When: Monday 9 April 2018. 6:30pm-10pm

Where: Carrington Park, 71 Osman Street, Blayney, NSW, 2799 Australia

About Orange F.O.O.D Week
For the full Orange F.O.O.D Week program and bookings, visit

Now in its 27th year, Orange F.O.O.D Week is Australia’s longest-running regional food festival and the first to achieve ISO 20211 accreditation for sustainability.

President of Orange F.O.O.D Week, James Sweetapple said: “What started out as a passionate idea among a small group of dedicated local foodies has grown into one of Australia’s most loved food festivals, celebrating the abundance of sensational produce and producers who call our region home.”

“While the festival in April is a highlight on the calendar, in truth every week is food and wine week in Orange. We invite lovers of food and wine visit and explore the region across our four very distinct seasons across the year.”

Orange is a 3.5-hour drive from Sydney or 3 hours from Canberra, and is just a short flight from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.


Last modified: 13 Mar 2018

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