Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival returns for two months of events (NSW)

The nation’s oldest wine region is set to showcase the best of its wine and food culture, as the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival kicks off in May and June of 2016.  Visitors to the region can take part in over 70 culinary events and activities, with additional activities also taking place in various venues and wineries.

It’s now well known to Australians that just two hours north by car from Sydney will bring you into the Hunter Valley, a world-famous region which boasts over 150 wineries and cultivates an exciting food and wine culture. Known for its natural beauty, it also offers a wide range of accommodation choices, and has been seen as one of the most quintessential getaway destinations in NSW.

The festival will feature masterclasses from the region’s winemakers, tours of vineyards and practical, hands-on cooking classes to polish up skills in the kitchen.  If you’re more of a “sit back and relax” type of foodie, feel free to enjoy some of the Hunter’s top wines and cheeses over a gourmet lunch at a premium restaurant.

Some of the events planned include:

Lovedale Arts Festival, Various cellar doors, restaurants, accommodations – for locations visit website – May and June

Art and gastronomy go hand in hand throughout May and June as wineries, restaurants and other locations in Lovedale host a variety of exhibitions and events, from art and sculpture, to music, cooking classes and wine launches.  Visit or contact [email protected] for more information.

By the Fireside Dinner Series, Hunter Valley Resort, Fridays commencing May 6, $120 pp

Get up close and personal at the Hunter Valley Resort every Friday throughout the festival months as different Hunter Valley Winemakers share their stories, and chat about the 2014 vintage (the best in the Hunter’s living memory, just quietly).  These dinners only accommodate 30 guests each session, so bookings are essential.  Contact [email protected] or 02 4998 7777.  For more information, go to

Hunter Valley Wine Festival, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley – Saturday June 4, $20 Pre-Sale, $25 on the Day

Head to the beautiful Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and enjoy an extensive array of wine, food, beer and cider for a truly memorable Hunter experience.  For more information, go to  For bookings, email [email protected].

Cork and Fork Cup, The Vintage Golf Club – Saturday June 18, $165pp

For golf foodies, or foodie golfers, this one’s for you.  The Cork and Fork Cup allows for an on-course wine and food tasting, whilst you play alongside some of the Hunter Valley’s renowned Winemaker Legends and Larrikins. For more information, visit  Bookings can be made by calling 02 4998 2208.

Margan Meet the Farmer Dinner, Margan Wines – Saturday June 25, $99 pp

This is what happens when Margan Restaurant teams up with five local food producers. The Meet the Farmer event showcases the best of Hunter Valley produce, and gives you a look into the region’s produce, and the people behind it.  Bookings are essential – email [email protected] or call 02 6579 1372.  For more information, go to

For a full calendar of events and tickets click HERE.


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