The Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival is in full swing, with a plethora of events throughout May and June.
One of the signature events is the Lovedale Arts Festival, which combines art, music and sculpture with food and wine at eight venues.
Visitors can meet the artists and artisans to learn more about their work, while tasting local wine and food.
Lovedale Chamber of Commerce president Linda Barnes said the festival debuted as an arts trail in 2015.
“This year it is more diverse in that we have tried to get a little bit of everything,” she said.
“It is great exposure for our talented people here in Lovedale.”
Art exhibitions, glass blowing, furniture making, sculptures and jazz music are part of the showcase.
Sawyers Gully artist Peter Sesselmann’s works are on exhibition at the Lovedale Smokehouse.
Sesselmann will run art classes every Saturday throughout May and June from 1pm to 5pm.
Lovedale Smokehouse owner Ben Sales said the festival offers visitors something different to do, particularly between lunch and dinner.
“It’s another thing to enjoy; people can go and try a new restaurant and see a painting,” he said.
“And during the winter it’s still lovely (weather) here.”
Other participants include Allandale Winery, Lillino’s Restaurant, Ogishi Craft Centre, Howard Archbold Rare Chairs, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Adina Vineyard, Emma’s Cottage and Bluebush Estate.
See more information at www.lovedalehuntervalley.com.au/lovedale-arts-festival.