ON THE GRAPEVINE: Hunter Valley continues to grow and diversify

The launch of two new offerings in the Hunter Valley contributes to the diversity of the area, offering locals and visitors new and exciting products to experience.

Owners of the already established The Woods Pokolbin, Anne Marie and Ewen Cameron have recognised a developing market in elaborate engagements, generous elopements and micro-weddings. They identified a movement of couples simply recoiling and spoiling themselves and felt this market needed more attention.

And so emerged the concept of their newly-built luxury accommodation Blackwood – an intimate guesthouse that boasts opulence, seclusion and style. Couples travel in general has been a hot topic with recent studies showing that travel and shared experiences with loved ones is on the rise and becoming more and more favourable over material possessions.

The recent minimalist, more intimate wedding trend has also been identified and the property can easily cater for.

The owners have also appointed a passionate concierge who will assist with planning a luxury stay, from private yoga sessions on the jetty, to helicopter flights being scheduled to land and take off onsite right through to marquee hire and catering arrangements for groups large and small.

BUSY: Chef Frank Fawkner, owner of EXP. restaurant, Fawk Foods and Fawk Foods Kitchen & Bakery. Picture: Dominique Cherry

BUSY: Chef Frank Fawkner, owner of EXP. restaurant, Fawk Foods and Fawk Foods Kitchen & Bakery. Picture: Dominique Cherry

Frank Fawkner, talented chef and owner of the highly regarded EXP restaurant has launched Fawk Foods Kitchen and Bakery.

The bakery-come-café is offering up a daily serving of baked goods and delicious café meals in the heart of Pokolbin, seven days a week from 7am and is set to fill a gap in the local market for accessible high-quality food and drinks as well as fill the stomachs of hungry locals and Hunter Valley visitors alike.

With a focus on locally sourced products, foraged ingredients, local bacon, free range eggs and Fawk Foods’ own popular black garlic range will be featured heavily throughout the menu.

For those wanting to attempt the dishes at home, a brand-new range of Fawk Foods artisan products will also be available for purchase.

Fawk Foods Kitchen and Bakery will become the only bakery in Hunter Valley Wine Country catering to wholesale and retail customers.

To find out more, visit winecountry.com.au.

Jo Thomas is the general manager of the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association