Winter is almost here, but the Hunter’s vineyards are about to take it up a gear with the two-month long Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival.
From gourmet dinners to vineyard tours, winemaking masterclasses, hands-on cooking classes and cosy evenings beside an open fire with friends, the May-June festival has something for everyone.
FIRESIDE WINEMAKER SERIES – May 12
Fireside four-course meal matched with each winemaker’s best at one of Hunter Valley Resort’s lunches and dinners. Participating wineries include Margan, Piggs Peake, Tintilla, Mistletoe, Tyrrell’s and Lisa McGuigan.
WINE & FILM FESTIVAL – May 4 to 14
Enjoy the ambience of the vineyards watching fun and engaging films while enjoying local wines and gourmet food from surrounding restaurants and providores.
OLIVE LONG TABLE LUNCHEON – June 3
A walking tour of the olive groves and vineyard, followed by a four-course, olive-inspired lunch by leading local chef Andy Wright with matching Whispering Brook wines. Live music.
BURNING OF THE BARREL – June 3
Sip hunter valley Shiraz and snack on tasty treats and warm up beside the blazing bonfire at Glandore Estate.
CHEESE LOVERS FESTIVAL – June 17 to 18
Two days this year at Sebel Kirkton Park boasting cheese stalls and food trucks, with workshops, kids zone and celebrity chef Nick Haddow from Bruny Island Cheese.
OCEAN TO PADDOCK – June 24
A gourmet tour up the Valley from the ocean to the paddock with this seven-course degustation matched with Ridgeview vines.
MEET THE FARMER – June 17
Margan Restaurant joins forces with five local food producers to present a delicious four-course dinner featuring the best of Hunter Valley produce and the people behind it.
WINE FESTIVAL – June 24
The fifth annual festival takes place within the picturesque grounds of Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley with more than 60 exhibitors, including wine, food, beer and cider producers.
SHIRAZ MASTERCLASS – May 20
This Shiraz masterclass will take you on a journey of the origin of Shiraz, its past and present, and you will also get to try a bracket tasting of De Iuliis Shiraz.
HEROES OF THE HUNTER – All month
Celebrate local produce and wines with this five-course degustation dinner with matching wines at Redsalt Restaurant in Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley every day throughout the festival.
PIE & WINE PAIRING – All month
A gourmet pie is the perfect remedy for the winter blues so head to one of the participating Lovedale restaurants and wineries, and tuck into a special gourmet pie (savoury or sweet) matched to a specific Lovedale wine.
LOVEDALE LONG LUNCH – May 20 to 21
Seven wineries team up with local Hunter Valley restaurants for a weekend of fine wine, gourmet food and live entertainment.