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Hope Estate's Hunter Valley Gin and Jazz Festival to run over two days

GOOD SPIRITS: The Hunter Valley Gin and Jazz Festival will run at Hope Estate on April 10 and 11.
GOOD SPIRITS: The Hunter Valley Gin and Jazz Festival will run at Hope Estate on April 10 and 11.

Due to overwhelming interest, the inaugural Hunter Valley Gin and Jazz Festival will now run across two days.

The festival will run at Hope Estate, Pokolbin on the weekend of April 10 and 11.

Guests can look forward to enjoying first tastes of the brand-new Tower Distillery gins as well as Hope Distillery's gin range.

"I saw this great saying recently; 'I love water, especially when it's frozen and surrounded by gin'," Hope Estate owner Michael Hope said.

"It's safe to say that we've been really enjoying experimenting with these gin batches and exploring what Australian artisan gins can be.

"Our distillery teams at Hope Estate and Tower Estate are thrilled to have developed these ranges to this point and are looking forward to hearing the feedback from the general public as they taste on the day."

John Morrison

John Morrison

On the jazz side of things, there will be music all day, each day on the main stage (with John Morrison's Swing City Band featuring Jacki Cooper, The Aston Martinis and The Djangologists) and expressions of interest are now being taken for a busking competition.

And it's not just gin and jazz on offer - there will also be boutique markets, food trucks, a beer cave and free demonstrations (including the very popular matched beer and cheese tasting with samples).

"It's going to be a jam-packed weekend with all-day music, demonstrations and plenty of food. A great way to spend a day out in the Hunter!" Hope said.

The Hope Estate team will be working with local officials on COVID-safety planning and patrons can expect to be notified of the procedures they'll need to follow at the festival closer to the event dates.

The festival will run from 10am to 5pm each day. Tickets are on sale at hopeestate.com.au.